Who was Milos Forman? Oscar-winning director of Cuckoo's Nest dies

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for

Milos Forman, the celebrated director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Hai and other world-renowned films, passed away, the Radio Prague broadcaster reported on Saturday.

After struggling to find further work in the USA, he was eventually hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct their 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He was also nominated for "The People vs. Larry Flynt" in 1996.

His manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed that he had been told by Forman's wife Martina that the director passed away on Friday 15 April after a short illness.

"His departure was calm and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends", she said. But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

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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In America, his record as a Czech filmmaker was enough to gain him entree to Hollywood's studios, but his early suggestions for film projects were quickly rejected.

In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born U.S. film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.

He was raised an orphan after both his parents died in concentration camps during World War Two.

In 1983, he made his second Oscar-winning film Amadeus, starring Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Married three times, Forman met his third wife Martina - a writer three decades his junior - in Prague in the 1990s. In a 2002 interview, Forman talked about accepting an invitation to take in a play in London, not knowing it was the first public preview of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus.

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"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released "Amadeus".

"A director is little bit of everything, little bit of the writer, little bit of an actor, little bit of an editor, little bit of a costume designer", Forman once said.

First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova.

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