Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Director Milos Forman, known for his work on Oscar-winning films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", has died, his agent said.

After struggling to find further work in the US, 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.

Other notable movies in Forman's filmography include his 1979 adaption of Hair, The People vs. Larry Flynt and the adaptation of Andy Kaufman's biopic, Man on the Moon.

She said: 'His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends'.


Among the collegians who was admiring his work back then was Michael Douglas, then a University of California Santa Barbara student, who would hire Forman to direct his long-laboured One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Milos Forman poses during a photo call after being awarded for his contribution to cinema during the second edition of the Lumiere 2010 Film Festival in Lyon, eastern France. Forman became an American citizen in 1975.

Born as Jan Tomas Forman in the Czech Republic, February 18, 1932, he moved to the United States from his native country for creative pursuits.

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


He was 86 years old, according to Dennis Aspland, Forman's representative. The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director.

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

Valmont, Forman's 1989 adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, proved something of an anticlimax as another version, directed by Stephen Frears and containing a star-making performance from John Malkovich, had been released the previous year. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

He remained connected to his birth country, filming "Amadeus" there. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".


- 1958-62: Married to actress Jana Brejchova.

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