Oscar-winning Czech film director Milos Forman dies at 86
Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman, Jury president of the seventh Marrakesh Film Festival, poses during a photo call on the second day of the Marrakesh 7th International Film Festival in Marrakesh, Morocco, Dec. 8, 2007. EPA-EFE/STR
Prague, Apr 14 (efe-epa).- Milos Forman, the Czech film director who rose to fame in Hollywood with Oscar-winning classics including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus," has died at the age of 86, Czech news agency CTK reported Saturday.
The director passed away on Friday in the United States "surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends," his wife, Martina, said.
Forman was born in the Czech city of Caslav on Feb.18, 1932 but moved to the US after the communist repression of the Prague Spring movement in 1968.
He became an American citizen in the 1970s.
He won two Academy Awards for Best Director for his films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984).