The anti-authoritarian director who left Czechoslovakia in order to have the freedom to make films in the US and captured Oscars for works of art like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman has passed away at 86.
His career overseas started with Taking Off in 1971, followed by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest four years later, which brought Forman his first Oscar for the best director.
OSCAR-winning director Milos Forman handed away in his sleep after a brief sickness late final night time, his supervisor has confirmed. He became a citizen of the United States in the 1970s.
Forman, who had travelled to the USA after Communist film authorities rejected his ideas, was also known for The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man on the Moon (1999).
His father, who had been a member of the resistance, died in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald. But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.
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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.
Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s.
Born as Jan Tomas Forman in the Czech Republic, February 18, 1932, he moved to the U.S. from his native country for creative pursuits. The movie won eight of its 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. "And right there after the show, I met for the first time Peter Shaffer, and I told him that if he would ever consider making a movie, I would be very interested".
Forman won a Best Director Oscar for "The People v. Larry Flint."The film starred Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey. They have twin boys.