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

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies aged 86 after short illness

Milos Forman, the Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, has passed away in the U.S. this Friday, April 13, his third wife Martina told Czech news agency CTK.

His other significant and praiseworthy works include the rock musical titled "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981), "Valmont" (1989), "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006) and "The People vs Larry Flint" (1996), which won him an Academy Award nomination that year.

Forman was born in Czechoslovakia in 1932 and became an orphan when both his parents were killed in Nazi death camps during World War II.

Forman helmed the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "Cuckoo's Nest" and it went on to become a critically acclaimed film in 1975.

Forman's friends had questioned him about his decision to direct "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", a story they said was "so American" for a foreign director.

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"To me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968", Forman once said. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director. Starring Jack Nicholson as an insurgent patient, it was a sensation at the Oscars, winning five major categories (picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay).

He received numerous awards, including a Directors Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for motion picture direction.

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

He died on Friday in the U.S. after a short illness, Martina told Czech news agency CTK. "He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people", she said.

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