Czech-born Oscar winning director MiloŇ° Forman dies at 86

14 April, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Forman won a Best Director Oscar for

Czech-born director Milos Forman known for his Academy Award-winning films "Amadeus" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" has passed away at the age of 86. Starring Jack Nicholson, the film earned global attention and became only the second film ever to win all five major Academy Awards, including Best Director for Forman. His other movies included Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Valmont (1989), Man on the Moon (1999) and Goya's Ghosts (2006), the latter of which proved to be his final directorial offering. "His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", Forman's wife Martina told Czech news agency CTK. But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

Forman's earliest work in the United States was Taking Off, which turned out to be a critical and commercial failure despite winning the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

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

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In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born U.S. film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.

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

Orphaned at nine when his parents died in a Nazi concentration camp, Forman launched his directing career in his native land, then known as Czechoslovakia, earning two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film before moving to the USA following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Poland in 1968. The smash movie won eight Oscars out of 11 nominations. Forman told Los Angeles Times in a 2004 interview.

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

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.

Never prolific, Forman's output slowed even more after "Amadeus", and his three subsequent films were disappointments.

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- 1958-62: Married to actress Jana Brejchova.

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