Raised by two uncles and one family of friends of his parents after parents were arrested
Became a film buff after the Occupation ended
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
Enrolled in newly founded Film Institute at the University of Prague (FAMU)
Directed documentaries for Czech TV
Collaborated on script of Martin Fric's feature comedy "Leave It to Me" (1955) while still a student at FAMU
First onscreen appearance, Alfred Radok's "Old Man Motorcar"
Wrote and was assistant director on Ivo Novak's film "Puppies"
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
Made medium-length, 16mm semi-documentary directorial debut with "Konkurs/Competition"; first collaboration with Ivan Passar and cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek
Feature film directing debut, "Cerny Petr/Black Peter"
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
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
Made first U.S. film "Taking Off"
Subject of Mira Weingarten's documentary short, "Meeting Milos Forman"
Was a contributing director for "Visions of Eight," a documentary covering Munich Olympics
Directed a failed play for the NY stage
Was suffering from acute depression when approached by producers Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas to direct film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</i>
Directed breakthrough U.S. feature "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; won first Oscar as Best Director
Named co-director of Columbia University film division
Became a U.S. citizen (November 30)
Made professor of Columbia University film division
Helmed adaptation of stage musical "Hair"
Directed "Ragtime"; convinced James Cagney to come out of retirement to play final screen role
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
Made U.S. acting debut in small role in Mike Nichols' "Heartburn"
Was subject of a segment of the PBS series "American Masters"
Last film released for seven years, "Valmont"
Acted in Henry Jaglom's "New Year's Day"
Worked on unproduced film "Hell Camp," about Americans in Japan
Began pre-production on "Disclosure"; withdrew from film in fall of 1993 and eventually replaced by Barry Levinson
Returned to feature directing with "The People vs. Larry Flynt," based on the life of the publisher of <i>Hustler</i> magazine
Helmed "Man on the Moon," the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman starring Jim Carrey
Co-starred with Edward Norton in the actor's directorial debut "Keeping the Faith" as the wise friend to Norton's young, conflicted priest
Executive produced "Nomad," a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan
Helmed "Goya's Ghosts," a film about Spanish grand master Francisco de Goya starring Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman
Co-directed musical film "A Walk Worthwhile" with son Petr Forman
Appeared in French film "Beloved," starring Catherine Deneuve