Died the film "one Flew over the cuckoo's nest" Milos Forman

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, has died.

Forman's wife Martina told the Czech news agency CTK that Forman died Friday in CT after a short illness.

Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut, according to a statement released by the former director's agent, Dennis Aspland.

However, Forman re-emerged with The People Vs Larry Flynt, a biopic of the pornography publisher that Forman framed as another anti-authority fable. He first attracted worldwide attention with features like Black Peter, The Loves of a Blonde(1965) - an Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film, and The Firemen's Ball.

After struggling to find further work in the US, he was eventually hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct their 1975 adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Milos Forman after winning the best director Oscar for holds up his Oscar for his film Amadeus in 1985.

The winners included Jack Nicholson as lead actor, Louise Fletcher as lead actress, screenwriters Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben, Forman as director and the film itself for best picture.

Forman, by then an American citizen, returned to film the drama nearly entirely in Czechoslovakia.

Born in Czechoslovakia on February 18, 1932, Forman lost his parents to the Holocaust, and spent much of his childhood being raised in a boarding school for orphans.

"In his films you can see the author", he said. He began his film career in 1954 as an actor, appearing in two Czech films.

Hunting for locations, Forman realized Prague was the only European capital that had changed little since Mozart's time, but returning there initially filled him with dread.

He earned his third and last Oscar nom for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), a drama about the founder of Hustler magazine that was framed around First Amendment issues. "So it was satisfying to have people in other countries respond".

Forman went on direct two more biographical films, each of them based on the lives of controversial American figures.

The director would follow up his Oscar win four years later with an adaptation of the Broadway musical Hair in 1979, followed by an adaptation of Ragtime in 1981.