Milos Forman, Director of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' Dead at 86

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Rest in peace, Milos Forman. 

The Oscar-winning director has died, according to Czech press agency CTK. The Czech-born filmmaker was 86. “He died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones,” Forman’s widow, Martina, told CTK on Saturday.

Forman, who left his native country in 1968 in the wake of the Prague Spring, won two Best Director Oscars over the course of his career, as well as numerous other awards. 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest earned five Oscars in 1976, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor for Jack Nicholson and Best Actress for Louise Fletcher -- and made Forman a sought-after Hollywood director. He went on to direct Hair (1979) and Ragtime (1981), as well as Amadeus (1984), which filmed scenes in Czechoslovakia and earned him the Academy Award for Best Director in 1985. 

Forman's later films included 1989's Valmont, 1996's The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1999's Man on the Moon and 2006's Ghosts of Goya. 

In a statement to ET on Saturday, Danny DeVito expressed his sadness over Forman's death. "He was a dear friend and I will miss him," DeVito said. "My thoughts go out to his family. May he Rest In Peace." 

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