The two-time Oscar victor passed away following a short illness, his third wife Martina confirmed to Czech news agency CTK.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that his manager, Dennis Aspland, confirmed Forman's death to The Hollywood Reporter and noted that the filmmaker had a home in Warren, Connecticut.
However, it was during the 1960s that Forman became a well-recognized film director for "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen's Ball", both of which were also nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category. The film starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher won five Oscars, including best picture and best director. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Forman's second Oscar for Best Director.
"In his films you can see the author", he said.
The Fireman's Ball was released in 1967 and Forman was then invited to the U.S. by Paramount Pictures to make a film in America.
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Born in the town of Caslav east of Prague on February 18, 1932, Forman lost both parents in Nazi concentration camps.
His debut as director, Black Peter, about a teenager in his first job, incurred the dislike of the Communist authorities for its irreverent attitude, but after its prizewinning appearance at the Locarno film festival enabled Forman to continue directing.
Forman's unique brand of humor and anti-authoritarian viewpoints were truly unleashed in his film, The Firemen's Ball, which was banned from theaters following the Soviet invasion in August 1968.
At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off, a US production about the youth protest movement. His other movies included Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Valmont (1989), Man on the Moon (1999) and Goya's Ghosts (2006), the latter of which proved to be his final directorial offering. With lavish costumes, Mozart's ravishing music and exceptional performances from actors Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri, Forman scored another artistic triumph. "Not until much later, when I was suddenly far from my homeland and its culture, far away from my family, when I was cut away from the land of my childhood, I realized I shared this strong feeling of affection for my country with them", Forman had said, according to his biography.
Man on the Moon, based on the life of cult hero Andy Kaufman, did win its star, Jim Carrey, a Golden Globe.