Oscar Winning Director Milos Forman Dies

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

The 86-year-old two-time Oscar victor Czech-born director Milos Forman best known for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" passes away on Friday.

After struggling to find further work in the USA, he was eventually hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct their 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Czech news agency CTK reported that Forman died on Friday (April 13) in the United States after a short illness. "I heard from (Forman's wife) Martina Forman very early this morning letting me know Milos passed away at Danbury Hospital near his home in Warren, Connecticut", his friend and agent Dennis Aspland said.

In a 2008 interview with the Directors Guild of America, Forman recalls how he, as a newly arrived foreigner, was warned against taking on "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", as the Ken Kesey novel it was adapted from was deemed to be quintessentially American. Forman became an American citizen in 1975.

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

Milos is survived by wife Martina and four sons - twins Matej and Petr Forman from the second marriage and Andrew and James, named after Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, from the third marriage.

The Czech-born film-maker, who was 86, was one of a small number of foreign directors to enjoy lasting commercial and critical success in Hollywood.

His father, who had been a member of the resistance, died in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald.

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After his first US film, 1971's "Taking Off", flopped, Forman didn't get a chance to direct a major feature again for years.

"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe. It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction.

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for "The People v. Larry Flint."

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there.

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First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova.

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