Milos Forman, one of the most acclaimed directors of the past 50 years, died Friday at 86. THR reports his manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed the death via his wife Martina, who said he passed away following a short illness.
Forman in 2009
Forman, who left his homeland of Czechoslovakia for the U.S., helmed the films "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), "Hair" (1979), "Ragtime" (1981), "Amadeus" (1984), "Valmont" (1989), "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) and "Man on the Moon" (1999), among others, winning the Oscar twice.
Forman reuniting with "Amadeus" stars Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham in 2007
He is survived by Martina, his third wife, and by two sets of twin sons.
Forman was mourned on social media by people he had worked with and by admirers in his field:
Milos Forman has left us. Genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition. RIP pic.twitter.com/pLcXIeEH9h
Milos Forman was our friend and our teacher. He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behavior. We made two movies together and every day spent with him was a unique adventure. Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter. pic.twitter.com/1ER5ExUUHx
Very sad to hear that the great director Miloš Forman has passed away. He had a tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit. I have seen 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP. pic.twitter.com/4QwOHL7tS4
Just learned the sad new about #milosforman who's movies are among some of my favorites of all time. A resume that produces both “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and “Amadeus” deserves to be up there alongside the greats. Good bye to an icon. And Bravo. pic.twitter.com/tnNHrEgw8H