Miloš Forman, director of 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest,' is dead at 86

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Ken Kesey's 1962 novel adaption "One Flew Over" starring Jack Nicholson gained him a lot of praise and became the second film in Academy history to bag all awards in all five categories-: Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Actress in Leading Role, Director, and Screenplay.

His best-known movies include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, rock musical Hair, Ragtime, Academy Award-nominated biopic The People vs Larry Flint, Man on the Moon, Valmont and Goya's Ghosts. The CTK news agency quoted his wife Martina as saying Forman, who lived in the United States, died suddenly on Friday after a short illness. She said in a brief statement that "his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends".

Among the collegians who was admiring his work back then was Michael Douglas, then a University of California Santa Barbara student, who would hire Forman to direct his long-laboured One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Forman (c.), showing off his Berlin Film Festival honors alongside German director Wim Wenders, Denzel Washington, Paul Thomas Anderson and Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

. He became a naturalized American citizen nine years later.

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The Czech-born film-maker, who was 86, was one of a small number of foreign directors to enjoy lasting commercial and critical success in Hollywood.

- 1940: His parents, members of the resistance against the Nazis, are deported to the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps where they die. Forman told Los Angeles Times in a 2004 interview. It garnered Oscar nominations for the actor and Forman's direction.

When Forman was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors' Guild of America in 2012, the guild's president Taylor Hackford said he "finds the universality of the human experience in every story". The film starred Tom Hulce as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They were named after comedian Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, who played the part of Kaufman in "Man on the Moon".

The director's first marriage, to actress Jana Brejchova ended in divorce. He married Martina Zborilova in 1999. He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia.

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