Miloš Forman

Film Director + Screenwriter + Professor
Born Feb 18, 1932

Jan Tomáš Kohn-Forman, known as Miloš Forman, is a Czech-American director, screenwriter, and professor, who since 1968 has lived and worked primarily in the former Czechoslovakia and the present Czech Republic. Forman was one of the most important directors of the Czechoslovak New Wave.… Read More

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1932 Birth Born in 1932.


1943 11 Years Old Forman's mother died in Auschwitz in 1943. … Read More


Forman lived with relatives during World War II and later discovered that his biological father was in fact a Jewish architect, Otto Kohn, a survivor of the Holocaust. He has a brother, Pavel Forman, 12 years older, a Czech painter who, after the 1968 invasion, emigrated to Australia. … Read More
1971 39 Years Old The first movie Forman made in the United States, Taking Off won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. … Read More


1975 43 Years Old In spite of initial difficulties, he started directing in the United States, and achieved success in 1975 with the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. … Read More
1979 47 Years Old The success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest allowed Forman to direct the long-planned film Hair (a rock musical) in 1979, based on the Broadway musical by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot. … Read More


1984 52 Years Old Forman's next important achievement was the adaption of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus in 1984—retelling the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old He presided over a ceremony of Caesar in 1988. … Read More
1989 57 Years Old His adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, it had its premiere on November 17, 1989. … Read More


1996 64 Years Old The 1996 biographical film of pornographic publisher Larry Flynt brought Forman another Oscar nomination. … Read More
1999 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Then Forman married Martina Zbořilová on November 28, 1999. … Read More
2006 74 Years Old In 2006, he received the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award presented by the Prague Society for International Cooperation. … Read More
2007 75 Years Old In April 2007 the jazz opera Dobře placená procházka premiered at the Prague National Theatre, directed by Forman's son, Petr Forman.
2009 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009 a documentary film about Forman directed by Miloš Šmídmajer was produced – Miloš Forman: Co te nezabije.
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