Oscar-winning director Milos Forman has died aged 86

Tonya Becker
April 14, 2018

Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has passed away in the USA this Friday, April 13, his third wife Martina told Czech news agency CTK.

His next film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) starring Jack Nicholson, however, was a huge critical and commercial success, and earned Forman his first Oscar for best director.

Other films included his 1979 adaptation of hippie musical "Hair", followed by "Ragtime", "Amadeus", "Valmont", "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon", in which he directed a deeply in-character Jim Carrey, whose full immersion as comedian Andy Kaufman was chronicled in the recent Netflix documentary "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond". "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date. Forman also served as the jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000.

When Soviet tanks rumbled into Prague in August 1968, Forman was in Paris for negotiations on his first American production and was sacked by his Czech studio, leading him to emigrate.


The 86-year-old director died at dwelling within the Czech Republic "surrounded the entire time by his household and his closest pals.”".

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

Forman's first U.S. film "Taking Off" (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience. It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction.

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


"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.

After a few years, Forman came in the United States and started making movies in Hollywood.

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

He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.


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