Director Milos Forman, known for his work on Oscar-winning films “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” has died at 86, his agent said.
Forman was born in Caslav, Czech Republic, in 1932. His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation. Both his parents were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, according to Forman’s official biography. He became an established foreign film director in the 1960s for “Loves of a Blonde” and “The Firemen’s Ball,” which were nominated for Oscars in the best foreign-language film category.
In 1975, he directed the Hollywood blockbuster “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” an adaptation from a Ken Kesey novel. The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director. It became the second film in history to win the top five Academy Award categories.
He won a second Oscar for the 1984 extravaganza “Amadeus,” a biopic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which won a clutch of Academy awards. He received numerous awards, including a Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for motion picture direction.