Miloš Forman (1932) is a Czech-born American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. The early Forman's films – „Black Peter“ (1964), won the big prize of the Film Festival Locarno, “Loves of a Blonde” (1965) and “The Firemen's Ball” (1967), confirmed the young film director as an accepted leader of the so-called “Czech New Wave” or “Czech film miracle”.
Some of best-known films of Miloš Forman are: the adaptation of the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey „One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest“ (1975), won all five major Academy Awards - best picture, director, screenplay, actor, and actress; the film version of the popular 1967 Broadway musical "Hair" (1979); the film based on the E. L. Doctorow's novel „Ragtime“ (1975), realized under the same title in 1981; the nominated for fifty-three awards and received forty, including eight Academy Awards film „Amadeus“ (1984); „The People vs. Larry Flynt“ (1996), won the Golden Bear Award of Berlinale'97; „Man on the Moon“ (1999), „Goya's Ghosts“ (2006). Most of his works show a humanist empathy for people as victims of cruel systems over which they have little control.
In 1975 Miloš Forman became a U.S. citizen. He was given a full professorship and was made a director of the film division at Columbia University in New York City.