"I heard from (Forman's wife) Martina Forman very early this morning letting me know Milos passed away at Danbury Hospital near his home in Warren, Connecticut", Forman's friend and agent Dennis Aspland said.
Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932. "Though he blossomed in exile in 1970s America, his memory of totalitarianism would forever be his muse", writes Gina Piccalo at the Los Angeles Times.
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. Starring Jack Nicholson, the film was an adaptation of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel of the same name. With a cast led by Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, Cuckoo's Nest emerged as a massive success, a seminal product of the New Hollywood and victor of all top five Academy awards. About a decade later, Forman again scored Academy Award success with Amadeus. Forman became an American citizen in 1975.
- 1940: His parents, members of the resistance against the Nazis, are deported to the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps where they die. "I was used to seeing the Russian and Czech films about composers, and they were the most boring films", he said. In August 1968 Czechslovakia was invaded by Warsaw Pact forces aiming to suppress Alexander Dubček's liberalising reforms; Forman opted to stay in the United States, were he was joined by fellow director Ivan Passer.
Forman rebounded four years later with the iconic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", which won five Academy Awards, including one for himself as director.
A cigar-puffing cycling enthusiast who always retained a heavy accent, Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova. Two of them, twin sons named Jim and Andy, are named after Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman; Forman directed Carrey in "Man on the Moon", a biopic about Kaufman.