Oscar-winning 'Cuckoo's Nest' director Milos Forman dies at 86

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Born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1932, Forman received five Academy Award nominations and is the victor of two Best Director Oscars, for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus", in addition to the numerous Oscars his films have won over the course of a career spanning six decades.

His next film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) starring Jack Nicholson, however, was a huge critical and commercial success, and earned Forman his first Oscar for best director. 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.

Forman died on Friday after a brief, unspecified illness, his wife, Martina Zborilova-Forman, told the Czech News Agency (h/t Variety).

In a 2008 interview with the Directors Guild of America, Forman recalls how he, as a newly arrived foreigner, was warned against taking on "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", as the Ken Kesey novel it was adapted from was deemed to be quintessentially American.

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

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Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932.

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The 86-year-old director died at dwelling within the Czech Republic "surrounded the entire time by his household and his closest pals.”".

Forman's first United States film "Taking Off" (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience.

Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as Mozart, which was filmed in Forman's native Czechoslovakia, won eight Oscars, including best picture and director. He is survived by four sons from his last two marriages.

The 1965 film is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that sold out in his home country before it was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Three years later, Forman cast Jim Carrey to star in Man On The Moon, the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

Forman's first wife was actress Jana Brejchova.

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