One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies

The anti-authoritarian director who left Czechoslovakia in order to have the freedom to make films in the USA and captured Oscars for works of art like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, Milos Forman has passed away at 86.

In 1975, he rose to fame when he directed Hollywood blockbuster "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", an adaptation from a Ken Kesey novel.

Forman's other notable films include The People vs Larry Flynt (1996) and Man On The Moon starring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (1999).

Forman was surrounded by his family when he died on Friday after a short illness, his wife was quoted as saying by Czech media.

"I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie.

Forman (c.), showing off his Berlin Film Festival honors alongside German director Wim Wenders, Denzel Washington, Paul Thomas Anderson and Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

. However, it took him two years to become a U.S. citizen.

Milos, real name Jan Tomas Forman, was born in Czechoslovakia and was orphaned at a young age when his parents were taken to separate concentration camps by Nazis.

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He was 86 years old, according to Dennis Aspland, Forman's representative.

Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as Mozart, which was filmed in Forman's native Czechoslovakia, won eight Oscars, including best picture and director. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a USA production about the youth protest movement.

Forman's first United States film "Taking Off" (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon". In 1965 he was for the first time nominated for the Oscars.

A cigar-puffing cycling enthusiast who always retained a heavy accent, Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova.

He's survived by spouse Martina, their twin sons Andrew and James, and two youngsters from a earlier marriage.

He was father to two sets of twin boys, with his second and third wives.

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