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

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86: Czech media

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. At his lowest point he was offered the chance to direct One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, another anti-authoritarian parable adapted from Ken Kesey's novel.

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

Milos Forman poses during a photo call after being awarded for his contribution to cinema during the second edition of the Lumiere 2010 Film Festival in Lyon, eastern France.

When Soviet tanks rumbled into Prague in August 1968, Forman was in Paris for negotiations on his first American production and was sacked by his Czech studio, leading him to emigrate.

Born to a Protestant family in the central Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932, the double Oscar winner's life was indelibly scarred by World War II.

His parents had died in a Nazi concentration camp when he was 9.

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Amadeus (1984), starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, raked in 11 Oscar nominations and eight wins, including those for best picture and director.

In a 2004 interview with the LA Times, Forman said, "When we started to make our films, they were really Czech films about Czech society and Czech little people - and who cares about Czech little people?" It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction. This also included an Oscar for Forman in the Category of Best Director.

Never prolific, Forman's output slowed even more after "Amadeus", and his three subsequent films were disappointments.

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".

In 1999, he married screenwriter Martina Zborilova with whom he also had twin sons, Andrew and James.

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