Milos Forman, 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest' Director, Dies at 86

Milos Forman, 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest' Director, Dies at 86

Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman has passed away aged 86, his agent Dennis Aspland has revealed.

A year later, his next film,"The Loves of a Blonde", would be his first to receive worldwide acclaim, earning an Oscar Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

"I explained I wanted to make the film because to me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968", Forman told the Directors Guild of America. In 1975, Forman was given another chance, this time by producer Michael Douglas to direct the film version of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", adapted from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, dealt with life inside an OR mental institution.

The death of Milos Forman has triggered tributes to the iconic two-time Oscar-winning director from the film community in many parts of the world.

Porn baron Larry Flynt, publisher of X-rated Hustler magazine who became an unlikely emblem of free speech following a string of legal battles over his work, was eulogised by Forman in this biopic with Oscar-nominated Woody Harrelson in the title role. The movie raked in 11 Oscar nominations and eight wins, including another Best Director award. "Milos Forman has left us".

One of his last films was Goya's Ghosts in 2006, which was "an intricate examination of persecution in Spain in the era of religious persecution and Napoleonic conquest", as the Times described it.

In 2009, Forman directed, with his son Peter, a remake of his 1966 film A Walk Worthwhile for Czech television. He served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000.

He was father to two sets of twin boys, with his second and third wives.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the renowned director died Friday in the U.S. The filmmaker also wrote a biography in 1994 with Jan Novak, titled Turnaround: A Memoir.