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Oscar winning director Milos Forman passed away at 86

Exported Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media
Ella Tate | 14 April, 2018, 22:15

He was best known for the film, which also saw Jack Nicholson win a best actor Academy Award, as well as the movie Amadeus. Most of Forman's most acclaimed work often dealt with well-known people with troubled personalities, such as Francisco Goya in Goya's Ghosts, Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon, or Larry Flynt in The People Vs. Larry Flynt.

He died on Friday in the USA after a short illness, according to his wife Martina.

She said: 'His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends'. He achieved global acclaim with the 1975 Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and set inside a mental institution. Forman also served as the jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000. He became a naturalized American citizen nine years later.

Forman, who was born in the small town of Caslav in 1932, moved to U.S.in the 1960s and became widely known for his humanism, dark humor, and fascination with rebellious characters.

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

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

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The Fireman's Ball was released in 1967 and Forman was then invited to the USA by Paramount Pictures to make a film in America.

Orphaned at nine when his parents died in a Nazi concentration camp, Forman launched his directing career in his native land, then known as Czechoslovakia, earning two Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film before moving to the USA following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Poland in 1968. "And right there after the show, I met for the first time Peter Shaffer, and I told him that if he would ever consider making a movie, I would be very interested".

The film was instant hit that solidified the director as a formidable force in Hollywood, and he later directed "Amadeus", "Hair", "Ragtime", and "The People vs Larry Flint".

Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova, having twin boys with the latter.

Forman is survived by his wife, Martina Zborilova-Forman, and four children. The two had another set of twins, who the director named after Andrew Kaufman and Jim Carrey.

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