Oscar-winning director Milos Forman no more

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for

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

Screenwriter, actor, professor, and Oscar-winning director for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", Milos Forman died at the age of 86, his representative Dennis Aspland confirmed.

He was "a great director" with "a tremendous filmography", Wright wrote on Twitter.

Born in the town of Caslav east of Prague on February 18, 1932, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps.

Some of his other best-known works include "Hair", "The People vs Larry Flint", "Ragtime", and "Taking Off".

He made his name as a leading figure in Czech new wave cinema in the 1960s, but moved to the U.S. when Russian troops invaded in 1968.

Forman was born in 1932 in Czechoslovakia.


The film starred Nicholson as a man battling the system in a psychiatric establishment and was based on Ken Kesey's novel. Forman's "Amadeus", a fictionalised biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, also swept the Oscars, fetching him his second best director trophy apart from registering seven other wins at the 57th Academy Awards. "The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not", he told the Directors Guild of America.

Czech director Milos Forman talks after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film in Seville, Spain November 6, 2004.

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

He's survived by spouse Martina, their twin sons Andrew and James, and two youngsters from a earlier marriage. According to a reports, The Czech-born director passed away in the United States after a brief illness, his wife, Martina, told a news agency.

"His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", she said.

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