Oscar-Winning director Milos Forman died, aged 86

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

Oscar-winning Czech-born film director Milos Forman, known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has died, his agent said on Saturday. He had a home in CT, according to his manager Dennis Aspland.

Czech-American director Miloš Forman has died following a brief illness, Reuters reports.

Miloš Forman was born in 1932 in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia. His parents were killed in Auschwitz and he lived at a boarding school for many years after that.

Forman attended the Film Institute at the University of Prague in the 1950s, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the 1960s, he joined the New Wave of film-makers standing up to the Communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia, making himself famous with Black Peter, Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen's Ball. The film went on to receive five Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jim Carrey applied his method acting principle to the extreme, and won a Golden Globe for his efforts, in this daring portrayal of reckless and legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, who worked through the NY comedy clubs and onto prime time TV.

One of his last films was Goya's Ghosts in 2006, which was "an intricate examination of persecution in Spain in the era of religious persecution and Napoleonic conquest", as the Times described it.

Forman is survived by his third wife, Martina Zborilova, who he married in 1999, and four sons - one set of twins with Zborilova and another pair from his second marriage.

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