Oscar-winning director Milos Forman has died aged 86

Rosalie Gross
April 14, 2018

Born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1932, Forman received five Academy Award nominations and is the victor of two Best Director Oscars, for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", in addition to the numerous Oscars his films have won over the course of a career spanning six decades. The film starring Jack Nicholson struck a chord with the audience and went on to become the first film since 1934 to win the top five Oscar honors - best picture, director, actress, actor and screenplay (adapted). He became a naturalized American citizen nine years later.

Among his other notable works are the rock musical "Hair", "Ragtime" and "The People vs Larry Flint".

He was raised an orphan after both his parents died in concentration camps during World War Two. He achieved worldwide acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution.

"I explained I wanted to make the film because to me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968", Forman told the Directors Guild of America.

He was 86 years old, according to Dennis Aspland, Forman's representative.

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Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s.

In 1983, he made his second Oscar-winning film Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Forman's wife Martina informed Czech news agency CTK that the filmmaker passed after a brief illness in the U.S. The smash movie won eight Oscars out of 11 nominations.

Forman (c.) directed Danny DeVito (l.) and Jim Carrey (r.) in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon".

The filmmaker was born on February 18, 1932 in Caslav, Czechoslovakia.

Never prolific, Forman's output slowed even more after "Amadeus", and his three subsequent films were disappointments. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey. With the latter he had twins boys, Matej and Petr, before leaving Czechoslovakia.

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