Milos Forman

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Perhaps the most famous and acclaimed filmmaker to hail from Czechoslovakia, Milos Forman first found success in his native country before doing likewise in Hollywood. Forman earned international acclaim with films like ... Read more »
Born: 02/18/1932

Filmography

Actor (32)

Beloved 2012 (Movie)

Jaromil 2 (Actor)

Chelsea on the Rocks 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Well-Paid Walk 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Generation 68 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Father Havel (Actor)

Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Drawn From Memory 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Why Havel? 1991 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Havel's Audience With History 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Day 1989 (Movie)

Lazlo--The Landlord (Actor)

The Way We Wear 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Dmitri (Actor)

The Statue of Liberty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chytilova vs. Forman 1982 (Movie)

himself (Actor)

Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema Of Edwin S. Porter 1981 (Movie)

("The Biddle Brothers") (Voice)

Meeting Milos Forman 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dedecek automobil 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Republic Pictures Story (TV Show)

Actor
Director (14)

A Walk Worthwhile 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Hair 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Visions of Eight 1973 (Movie)

("The Decathalon") (Director)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Loves of a Blonde 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Firemen's Ball 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Peter 1964 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Male du Siecle 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Pince a ongles 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Loves of a Blonde 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Firemen's Ball 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Peter 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

A Short History of Decay 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dreams of Love 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nomad 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Way Past Cool 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Production Management (1)

Dedecek automobil 1955 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (1)

Dead Silence 1987 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Biography

Perhaps the most famous and acclaimed filmmaker to hail from Czechoslovakia, Milos Forman first found success in his native country before doing likewise in Hollywood. Forman earned international acclaim with films like "Black Peter" (1964), "Loves of a Blonde" (1965) and "The Fireman's Ball" (1967), all of which marked a distinct thematic and stylistic break with the prior generation of Czechoslovakian filmmaking that played a major role in shaping that country's cinematic New Wave of the 1960s. After leaving Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring in 1968, Forman embarked on a successful career in Hollywood that saw him make some of cinema's most acclaimed and decorated films of all time. In 1975, he directed the subversive, anti-establishment drama, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which became only the second film ever to win Oscars in all five major categories. In the next decade, he directed the lush and vibrant "Amadeus" (1984), which many considered to be one of the best films of the 1980s. Though he tapered off a bit with "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) and "Man on the Moon" (1999), Forman nonetheless made the case for being one of the most accomplished foreign directors to have made considerable contributions to American cinema.

Relationships

Jana Brejchova Actor

Wife
Married 1958 Divorced 1962

Beverly D'Angelo Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Hair" (1979) No longer together

Matej Forman Puppeteer

Son
Born Aug. 23, 1964; twin of Petr; mother, Vera Kresadlova; raised in Czechoslovakia

Rudolf Forman

Father
Jewish Arrested by Nazis 1940 Died in Buchenwald concentration camp 1944

Anna Forman

Mother
Protestant Arrested by Nazis 1940 for suspicion of being Jewish or having Jewish blood Died in Auschwitz concentration camp 1943

Petr Forman Actor

Son
Born Aug. 23, 1964; twin of Matej; mother, Vera Kresadlova; raised in Czechoslovakia Co-directed "A Walk Worthwhile" (2009)

Andrew Forman

Son
Born October 1998; twin of James; mother, Martina Zborilova Named after Andy Kaufman, the subject of Milos' film "Man on the Moon" (1999)

James Forman

Son
Born October 1998; twin of Andrew; mother, Martina Zborilova Named after Jim Carrey, the star of Milos' film "Man on the Moon" (1999)

Blahoslav Forman

Brother
Born 1917 Died of exposure after being injured during a mountain hike May 1962

Pavel Forman

Brother
Born c. 1919 Settled in Australia 1968

Vera Kresadlova Actor

Wife
She appeared in his first short film "Konkurs/Competition" (1961) Married 1964 Divorced 1999

Martina Zborilova Assistant

Wife
Married in Connecticut Nov. 28, 1999

EDUCATION

FAMU

1950 - 1955
studied under Milan Kundera

completed high school in Dejvice, 1950

attended boarding school in Prodebrady where he met Ivan Passer, Vaclav Havel and Jerzy Skolimowski

Milestones

2011

Appeared in French film "Beloved," starring Catherine Deneuve

2009

Co-directed musical film "A Walk Worthwhile" with son Petr Forman

2007

Executive produced "Nomad," a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan

2007

Helmed "Goya's Ghosts," a film about Spanish grand master Francisco de Goya starring Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman

2000

Co-starred with Edward Norton in the actor's directorial debut "Keeping the Faith" as the wise friend to Norton's young, conflicted priest

1999

Helmed "Man on the Moon," the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman starring Jim Carrey

1996

Returned to feature directing with "The People vs. Larry Flynt," based on the life of the publisher of Hustler magazine

1993

Began pre-production on "Disclosure"; withdrew from film in fall of 1993 and eventually replaced by Barry Levinson

1989

Acted in Henry Jaglom's "New Year's Day"

1989

Last film released for seven years, "Valmont"

1989

Was subject of a segment of the PBS series "American Masters"

1986

Made U.S. acting debut in small role in Mike Nichols' "Heartburn"

1984

Reteamed with producer Saul Zaentz to direct the film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus"; returned to Czechoslovakia for the first time since 1968 to film on location; earned second Oscar as Best Director

1981

Directed "Ragtime"; convinced James Cagney to come out of retirement to play final screen role

1979

Helmed adaptation of stage musical "Hair"

1978

Made professor of Columbia University film division

1977

Became a U.S. citizen (November 30)

1975

Named co-director of Columbia University film division

1975

Directed breakthrough U.S. feature "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; won first Oscar as Best Director

1973

Was suffering from acute depression when approached by producers Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas to direct film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1972

Was a contributing director for "Visions of Eight," a documentary covering Munich Olympics

1970

Made first U.S. film "Taking Off"

1970

Subject of Mira Weingarten's documentary short, "Meeting Milos Forman"

1968

Was in Paris at time of Russian occupation of Czechoslovakia in August and the fall of the Dubcek regime in September and stayed there until moving to New York in 1969

1967

Made first trip to the U.S.; negotiated to make first U.S. feature; wanted to produce a film adaptation of the stage musical "Hair," but rights were not available

1963

Made medium-length, 16mm semi-documentary directorial debut with "Konkurs/Competition"; first collaboration with Ivan Passar and cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek

1963

Feature film directing debut, "Cerny Petr/Black Peter"

1957

Wrote and was assistant director on Ivo Novak's film "Puppies"

1956

First onscreen appearance, Alfred Radok's "Old Man Motorcar"

1954

Directed documentaries for Czech TV

1950

Enrolled in newly founded Film Institute at the University of Prague (FAMU)

1950

While a senior at Dejvice high school, organized a drama club and staged an avant-garde musical about Francois Villon which toured small halls near Prague

1944

Became a film buff after the Occupation ended

Worked on unproduced film "Hell Camp," about Americans in Japan

Raised by two uncles and one family of friends of his parents after parents were arrested

Joined theater group Laterna Magika (Magic Lantern) as an assistant writer; worked with Alfred Radok on presentations that mixed film with live actors to be performed for the Brussels World Fair

Directed a failed play for the NY stage

Collaborated on script of Martin Fric's feature comedy "Leave It to Me" (1955) while still a student at FAMU

Bonus Trivia

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Forman notably cast non-actors in prominent film roles. For example, author Norman Mailer played Stanford White in "Ragtime" (1981) and political pundit James Carville was cast as a prosecuting attorney in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996).

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