Oscar-winning director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus' dies at 86

Oscar-winning director of 'Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Amadeus' dies at 86

Forman first attracted global attention with such features as Black Peter (1964), The Loves of a Blonde (1965) - an Oscar nominee for the best foreign-language film - and The Firemen's Ball(1967), which put him in hot water with the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. But this was only the beginning for the fresh Czech who later moved to the United States to direct Academy Award-winning films "Amadeus" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Again in 1985 adaption of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus won eights awards in Academy Awards.

Czech-born US director Milos Forman, known for the Oscar-winning classics, passes away after a brief illness in the US, Czech media report.

Forman would continue making films throughout the 1990s and the 2000s. However, it took him two years to become a USA citizen.

Forman returned to top form three years later, however, when he released Amadeus. In this photo, Forman addresses the audience before the screening for his film "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", during the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2011 at Bryant Park, New York City, June 20, 2011.

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.

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Forman made his English-language debut with 1971's "Taking Off", and from there directed such films as "Hair", "Ragtime", and "Man on the Moon".

"In his films you can see the author", he said.

Never prolific, Forman's output slowed even more after Amadeus, and his three subsequent films were disappointments.

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) was an ill-advised attempt to paint the Hustler magazine publisher as a free-speech advocate. His next film Man on the Moon, about eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman and starring Jim Carrey, was not a commercial success but has received considerable attention after the recent documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, which revealed Carrey's unusual performance methods. First to actress Jana Brejchova (his lead actress in "Loves of a Blonde") and then to Vera Kresadlova.

In 1999, he married screenwriter Martina Zborilova with whom he also had twin sons, Andrew and James.

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