In this file photo taken on March 25, 1985 Czech-born U.S. film director Milos Forman holds up his Oscar trophy for his film "Amadeus" at the 57th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. Forman, also known for two biopics about controversial Americans - The People vs. Larry Flynt(1996) and Man on the Moon (1999) - died Friday in the US after a short illness, according to his wife, Martina, who broke the news to the Czech news agency CTK.
His father was a member of a resistance group against the Nazi occupation.
Forman helmed the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "Cuckoo's Nest" and it went on to become a critically acclaimed film in 1975.
After his first US film, 1971's "Taking Off", flopped, Forman didn't get a chance to direct a major feature again for years.
In this file photo taken on October 09, 2009 Czech-born USA film director Milos Forman poses in Paris.
He is survived by his wife and four children.
Miloš Forman, who rose to prominence as a key figure in the Czech New Wave before establishing himself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after directors, has died at 86.
Three years later while Forman was in bed with a fever, the Gestapo intruded again, this time at the family home.
Czech news agency CTK reported that Forman died on Friday (April 13) in the United States after a short illness. It was nominated for, and won, multiple Oscars, including Best Picture.
When Forman was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors' Guild of America in 2012, the guild's president Taylor Hackford said he "finds the universality of the human experience in every story".
"Man on the Moon", based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.
The film was instant hit that solidified the director as a formidable force in Hollywood, and he later directed "Amadeus", "Hair", "Ragtime", and "The People vs Larry Flint". He left his second wife, singer Vera Kresadlova, behind with the couple's twin sons when he left Czechoslovakia. They have twin boys.