OBITUARY: Famous Czech Actor Jan Tříska

    Elementary School by Jan Svěrák Elementary School by Jan Svěrák credit: Lucernafilm - Alfa

    PRAGUE: The famous Czech actor Jan Tříska (80), who lived in Los Angeles for many years, died in Prague on 25 September after falling from the Charles Bridge on 23 September 2017.

    Jan Tříska was about to start shooting the new Czech film On the Roof / Na střeše, directed by Jiří Mádl and produced by Dawson Productions, in which he was set to play the lead. The shooting, which was due to start on 25 September 2017, was postponed.

    A good friend of the dissident and late Czech president Václav Havel, Jan Tříska left Czechoslovakia in 1977 and eventually settled in Los Angeles. He appeared in 44 US films, including Oscar-winning Ragtime and The People vs. Larry Flynt, both directed by Miloš Forman.

    After the fall of communism, Tříska returned regularly to the Czech Republic. In 1991, he had an acclaimed performance in Jan Svěrák´s The Elementary School, which was nominated for the Academy Awards.