Milos Forman, Director of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' Dead at 86
By Jennifer Drysdale
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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."
See more reactions to Forman's death below.
Milos Forman has left us. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition. RIP pic.twitter.com/pLcXIeEH9h
Just learned the sad new about #milosforman who’s movies are among some of my favorites of all time. A resume that produces both “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and “Amadeus” deserves to be up there alongside the greats. Good bye to an icon. And Bravo. pic.twitter.com/tnNHrEgw8H
I still remember the rare images of black life in the early 1900s offered in RAGTIME. Saw it as a teen and recall crying. Howard Rollins, Debbie Allen, Moses Gunn. Directed by Milos Forman. He made many films I enjoy. But I’ll be rewatching RAGTIME today. In appreciation. #RIPpic.twitter.com/QOC1lSvzX7
Film lost one of its great true visionaries yesterday - Milos Forman. I will always be grateful to him for telling my story in The People vs Larry Flynt. He was a remarkable man with extraordinary talent. I will miss his presence on this earth.