A legendary Hollywood director whose impressive body of work included the Best Picture Oscar winners “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” has died. Milos Forman died Friday at a hospital in Danbury, Conn., near his home in Warren, according to media reports.
Forman, 86, reportedly died after a short illness.
Forman’s filmography included not only the two Best Picture winners, but other acclaimed films including “Ragtime” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” which earned him a nomination for an Oscar for Best Director. He won Best Director for both “Amadeus” (1984) and “Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975).
Forman’s other films included “Taking Off” (1971), “Hair” (1979), “Valmont” (1990) and “Man on the Moon” (1999).
Born in Czechoslovakia, Forman was a key player in the Czechoslovak New Wave, with his 1967 film “The Firemen’s Ball” considered a stinging satire of Eastern European Communism. The film was banned for years in Forman’s home country, and Forman moved to the U.S. in the late 1960s.
In addition to being a director, screenwriter and actor, Forman was also a professor, and received the Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University in 2015.
Here are clips of two Forman appearances on David Letterman’s “Late Night” in the 1980s …