‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ director Milos Forman has died, aged 86

Milos Forman, director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has died, aged 86.

A report from the Czech news agency confirmed the news, saying that he died on Friday (April 13) following a short illness.

The filmmaker was one of few foreign directors to gain both critical acclaim and commercial success in Hollywood. In 2012, Forman won the Directors’ Guild of America lifetime achievement award.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, went on to win five Oscars following its release in 1975. Amadeus (1984) won eight.

Figures from the film industry have paid tribute to Forman. British director Edgar Wright praised his “tremendous filmography that documented the rebel heart and human spirit”.

Actor Antonio Banderas hailed Forman a “genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition”.

“Proof that the most brilliant of filmmakers could also be unfailingly kind, generous, humble and loyal,” Mia Farrow tweeted. “Thank you Milos Forman.”

Forman’s other work includes the rock musical Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981) and The People vs Larry Flint (1996).

The director studied at the Prague Film Academy before emigrating.