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Born: February 18, 1932 Cause of Death:
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Raised by two uncles and one family of friends of his parents after parents were arrested
1945:
Became a film buff after the Occupation ended
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
1950:
Enrolled in newly founded Film Institute at the University of Prague (FAMU)
1954:
Directed documentaries for Czech TV
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Collaborated on script of Martin Fric's feature comedy "Leave It to Me" (1955) while still a student at FAMU
1956:
First onscreen appearance, Alfred Radok's "Old Man Motorcar"
1957:
Wrote and was assistant director on Ivo Novak's film "Puppies"
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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
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"
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
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
1971:
Made first U.S. film "Taking Off"
1971:
Subject of Mira Weingarten's documentary short, "Meeting Milos Forman"
1972:
Was a contributing director for "Visions of Eight," a documentary covering Munich Olympics
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Directed a failed play for the NY stage
1973:
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>
1975:
Directed breakthrough U.S. feature "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; won first Oscar as Best Director
1975:
Named co-director of Columbia University film division
1977:
Became a U.S. citizen (November 30)
1978:
Made professor of Columbia University film division
1979:
Helmed adaptation of stage musical "Hair"
1981:
Directed "Ragtime"; convinced James Cagney to come out of retirement to play final screen role
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
1986:
Made U.S. acting debut in small role in Mike Nichols' "Heartburn"
1989:
Was subject of a segment of the PBS series "American Masters"
1989:
Last film released for seven years, "Valmont"
1989:
Acted in Henry Jaglom's "New Year's Day"
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Worked on unproduced film "Hell Camp," about Americans in Japan
1993:
Began pre-production on "Disclosure"; withdrew from film in fall of 1993 and eventually replaced by Barry Levinson
1996:
Returned to feature directing with "The People vs. Larry Flynt," based on the life of the publisher of <i>Hustler</i> magazine
1999:
Helmed "Man on the Moon," the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman starring Jim Carrey
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
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
2009:
Co-directed musical film "A Walk Worthwhile" with son Petr Forman
2011:
Appeared in French film "Beloved," starring Catherine Deneuve

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