Oscar-winning director Forman dies at 86

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Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", has died.

Czech director Milos Forman talks after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film in Seville, Spain November 6, 2004.

"He was my dad's best friend and we both looked up to him", Czech director David Ondricek, the son of Forman's cameraman Miroslav Ondricek, told the website of the DNES daily.

Born as Jan Tomas Forman in the Czech Republic, February 18, 1932, he moved to the U.S. from his native country for creative pursuits.

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He made his name as a leading figure in Czech new wave cinema in the 1960s, but moved to the United States when Russian troops invaded in 1968. But the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.

Forman's other films include "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981), "Valmont" (1989) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996), which won him another best director Oscar nomination, as well as "Man on the Moon" (1999) and "Goya's Ghosts" (2006).

Shortly before the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia, which put an end to a liberal period known as the Prague Spring, Forman moved to the United States via France.

The film, released in 1975, starred Jack Nicholson and told the story of patients in a mental institution in Oregon.

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"The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do".

Then in 1984 came "Amadeus", which was based on the successful play by Peter Shaffer, which itself was loosely based on the life of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Its Oscars included best picture and best director.

OSCAR-winning director Milos Forman handed away in his sleep after a brief sickness late final night time, his supervisor has confirmed. Forman, also known for two biopics about controversial Americans - The People vs. Larry Flynt(1996) and Man on the Moon (1999) - died Friday in the USA after a short illness, according to his wife, Martina, who broke the news to the Czech news agency CTK. He is survived by his wife Martina.

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