Milos Forman Biography (1932-)

First name pronounced "Mee-losh"; original name, Jan Tomas Forman; born February 18, 1932, in Caslav, Czechoslovakia; immigrated to the United States, 1968; naturalized citizen, November 30, 1977; son of Rudolf (a professor) and Anna (maiden name, Svabova) Forman (both died in German concentration camps during World War II); raised by family members; married Jana Brejchova (an actress), 1951 (divorced, 1956); married Vera Kresadlova (a singer), 1964 (divorced, 1999); married Martina Zborilova (Forman's film crew assistant), November28, 1999; children: (second marriage) Matej and Petr (twins); (third marriage) Andrew and James (twins). Addresses: Agent: Lantz Office, 200 W. 57th St., Suite 503, New York, NY 10019.; Manager: Nancy Seltzer & Associates, 6220 Del Valle Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Director, producer, writer, actor
Birth Details
February 18, 1932
Caslav, Czechoslovakia

Famous Works

  • Film Director
  • Il laterna magika (also known as Magic Lantern II), 1960
  • Kdyby Ty Muziky Nebyly (also known as The Glory of the Brass Bands, If It Weren't for Music, If There Were No Music, and Why Do We Need All the Brass Bands?), 1963
  • Audition (also known as Konkurs; composed of two short films, If Only They Ain't Had Them Bands and Talent Competition), 1963
  • Black Peter (also known as Cerny Petr and Peter and Pavla), 1963
  • Loves of a Blonde (also known as Lasky jedne plavovlasky and A Blonde in Love), Prominent, 1966
  • The Firemen's Ball (also known as Hori, ma panenko, Al fuoco pompieri!,Fuoco, ragazza mia, The Fireman's Ball and Lottery, and Like a House on Fire), Cinema V, 1967
  • Taking Off, Universal, 1971
  • I Miss Sonia Henie (also known as Nedostaje mi Sonja Henie), 1971
  • "The Decathlon," Visions of Eight (documentary; also known as Munchen 1972--8 beruhmte Regisseure sehen die Spiele der XX. Olympiade, Olympiade Munchen 1972, and Olympic Visions), Cinema V, 1973
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, United Artists, 1975
  • Hair, United Artists, 1979
  • Ragtime, Paramount, 1981
  • Amadeus (also known as Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus"), Orion, 1984
  • Valmont, Orion, 1989
  • The People vs. Larry Flynt (also known as Larry Flynt), Columbia, 1996
  • The Little Black Book, Universal, 1998
  • Man on the Moon (also known as Andy Kaufman and Der Mondmann), Universal, 1999
  • Goya's Ghosts, 2006
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • First assistant director, Stenata, 1957
  • Second assistant director, Dedecek automobil, 1957
  • Assistance, Voices from the Attic, Siren Pictures, 1988
  • Producer, Dreams of Love, 1990
  • Executive producer, Way Past Cool, Redeemable Features/Act III Communications/Price1, 2000
  • Executive producer, Nomad, 2004
  • Film Appearances
  • Stribrny vitr (also known as Strieborny vietor and The Silver Wind), 1954
  • Dedecek automobil, 1957
  • Himself, Meeting Milos Forman, Macmillan Films, 1971
  • Himself, Chytilova Versus Forman (documentary), 1981
  • Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (documentary), First Run Features, 1982
  • Himself, Chytilova Versus Forman, 1984
  • Himself, 50 Years of Action!, 1986
  • Dmitri, Heartburn, Paramount, 1986
  • Lazlo-the landlord, New Year's Day, International Rainbow, 1989
  • Narrator, Why Havel? (documentary), 1991
  • Behind the Scenes: A Portrait of Pierre Guffroy (documentary; alsoknown as L'Envers du decors: Portrait de Pierre Guffroy), Ariane Distribution, 1992
  • Himself, Who Is Henry Jaglom? (documentary), First Run Features, 1997
  • Himself, Completely Cuckoo (documentary; also known as The Making of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), Warner Home Video, 1997
  • Father Havel, Keeping the Faith, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Himself, In the Shadow of Hollywood (documentary; also known as A l'ombre d'Hollywood), National Film Board of Canada, 2000
  • Himself, Man on the Moon: Behind the Moonlight (documentary short;also known as Spotlight on Location: Man on the Moon), Universal Studios Home Video, 2000
  • Himself, The Making of "Amadeus" (documentary), Warner Home Video,2002
  • Himself, A Decade Under the Influence (documentary), IFC Films, 2003
  • Himself, Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (documentary), 2003
  • Himself, Tell Them Who You Are (documentary), ThinkFilm, 2004
  • Himself, Francois Truffaut, an Autobiography, 2004
  • Himself, Cineastes contra magnats (documentary), Canonigo Films, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Interviewee, Cold War, CNN, 1998
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Dobre placena prochazka, 1966
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The 48th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1976
  • James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (documentary), 1981
  • The 57th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1985
  • The Statue of Liberty (documentary), PBS, 1985
  • The Way We Wear (documentary), PBS, 1988
  • Milos Forman: Portrait (documentary), PBS, 1989
  • American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia, PBS, 1990
  • Havel's Audience with History, PBS, 1990
  • The Republic Pictures Story (documentary), AMC, 1991
  • Drawn from Memory, PBS, 1995
  • Cannes ... Les 400 Coups, 1997
  • The 69th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1997
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1997
  • Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (documentary), The Learning Channel, 1998
  • Himself, V centru filmu-v teple domova (also known as In the Center of Film--In the Warmth of Home), 1998
  • Himself, Eigentlich ist nichts geschehen-Der Film des Prager Fruhlings, 1998
  • Himself, Milos Forman: Kino ist Wahrheit, 2000
  • The Beatles Revolution (documentary), 2000
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s, 2002
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains (also known as AFI's 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains: America's Greatest Screen Characters), CBS, 2003
  • Voice of himself, A Room Nearby, PBS, 2003
  • Francois Truffaut, une autobiographie, 2004
  • San Sebastian 2005: Cronica de Carlos Boyero, 2005
  • Episodic
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1986
  • Mundo VIP, 1997
  • Himself, Paskvil, 1997
  • Himself, "Saul Zaentz: A Tribute," The South Bank Show, ITV, 1998
  • Conversations in World Cinema, Sundance, 2000
  • Himself, Cinema mil, 2005
  • Also appeared as himself, "The Films of Milos Forman," The Directors, Encore.
  • Stage Director
  • The Little Black Book, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Screenplays
  • Nechte to na mne (also known as Leave It to Me), 1955
  • Stenata, 1957
  • Laterna magika II (also known as Magic Lantern II), 1960
  • Kdyby ty muziky nebyly (also known as If It Weren't for Music, If There Were No Music, The Glory of the Brass Bands, and Who Do We Need All the Brass Bands?), 1963
  • Audition (also known as Konkurs and Competition), 1963
  • Black Peter (also known as Cerny Petr and Peter and Pavla), 1963
  • Loves of a Blonde (also known as Lasky jedne plavovlasky and A Blonde in Love), 1965
  • Dedecek automobil, 1965
  • The Firemen's Ball (also known as Hori, ma panenko, Al fuoco pompieri!, Fuoco, ragazza mia, The Firemen's Ball and Lottery, and Like a House on Fire), 1967
  • The Nail Clippers (also known as La pince a ongles), 1969
  • Taking Off, Universal, 1971
  • Valmont, Orion, 1989
  • Goya's Ghosts, 2006
  • Autobiography
  • (With Jan Novak) Turnaround: A Memoir, Villard Books, 1994

Further Reference


    • Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 63, Thompson Gale, 2005
    • Dizdarevic, Jasmin, Konkurs na rezisera Milose Formana, AG Kult (Prague), 1990
    • Foll, January, Milos Forman, Cs. Filmovy ustav (Prague), 1989
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, 4th ed., St. James Press, 2000
    • Slater, Thomas J., Milos Forman: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood Press, 1987

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