Oscar-winning film director Milos Forman passed away in Connecticut on Friday at the age of 86, his wife told Czech media. Forman, a Czech native who forged a prolific film career after emigrating to the U.S. in the late 1960s, had suffered a short illness prior to his death.
Known for his subversive edge, Forman won international acclaim for his 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Oscars. His 1984 film Amadeus, which was filmed in his home country of Czechoslovakia, earned eight Oscars. He went on to claim yet another Oscar for The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996 and later served as a professor of film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.