Jan Tříska

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Jan Tříska
JanTriska BAM NY november2005.jpg
Jan Tříska, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 4 November 2005
Born(1936-11-04)4 November 1936
Died25 September 2017(2017-09-25) (aged 80)
Occupationactor
Years active1957–2017
Spouse(s)Karla Chadimová
Children2

Jan Triska or Jan Tříska (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈtr̝̊iːska]; 4 November 1936 – 25 September 2017) was a Czech actor. He played Captain Henry Wirz in the American television film Andersonville.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Tříska was born in Prague. Prior to immigrating, first to Canada (Vancouver, BC) then to the U.S., he performed numerous roles in both theater and film. He had two daughters, Karla and Jana, with actress Karla Chadimová, and also had a grandson named Augustin.

Life and career in the United States[edit]

After signing the Charter 77 proclamation, he emigrated to the United States via Cyprus. His most notable film role in the U.S. was probably that of Milos, the loyal butler and personal assistant to Mr. Terry Silver, in The Karate Kid Part III. He also played the assassin in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, and appeared in Highlander: The Series (season 5, episode 10), Highlander: The Raven, Blizzard, The Osterman Weekend, Ronin, Apt Pupil (as Isaac Weiskopf), and the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Peter Hyams' 2010: The Year We Make Contact, among many others.

Return to the Czech Republic[edit]

After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Tříska visited the Czech Republic to perform in movies such as The Elementary School (1991), Horem pádem (2004), the Academy Award nominated Želary (2003) and Máj (2008; based on the poem Máj by Karel Hynek Mácha). In 2002, Tříska received an Alfréd Radok Award for his performance as Lear in King Lear at the Summer Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle.

Although he occasionally visited the Czech Republic, Tříska remained a resident of the United States.

Death[edit]

On 23 September 2017, for reasons yet to be determined, Tříska fell from the Charles Bridge in Prague. Passengers on a nearby boat rescued him from the Vltava river, after which he was resuscitated and hospitalized in serious condition.[1] He died in hospital two days later, on 25 September 2017.[2][3]

Theatre[edit]

American National Theater[edit]

New York's Public Theater[edit]

La Jolla Playhouse[edit]

Tylovo divadlo, Prague[edit]

Divadlo za branou[edit]

Národní divadlo, Prague[edit]

Others[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Váhavý střelec (1957)
  • Pět z milionu (1959) - Vašek
  • Kruh (1959) - Honzík
  • První parta (1960) - Havíř
  • U nás v Mechové (1960) - Lojzíček
  • Všude žijí lidé (1960) - Lojza Posvár
  • Pochodně (1961) - dělnický předák Josef Pecka
  • Policejní hodina (1961) - Venca
  • Srpnová neděle (1961) - Tomás
  • Kde alibi nestačí (1961) - laborant Mirek Zach
  • Kohout plaší smrt (1962) - Jozka
  • Dva z onoho sveta (1962) - Robert Ford
  • Tarzanova smrt (1963) - Clown
  • Zlaté kapradí (1963) - Jura (voice)
  • Mezi námi zloději (1964) - Man in Pub
  • Začít znova (1964) - Jan Stehlík - brigade worker (voice)
  • Komedie s Klikou (1964) - Rísa
  • Hvězda zvaná Pelyněk (1965) - Lojzík
  • Das Haus in der Karpfengasse (1965) - Kowlorat
  • Strašná žena (1965) - Honza Pokorný (voice)
  • Pet miliónu svedku (1965) - Vysetrovatel VB Koval
  • Lidé z maringotek (1966) - Acrobat Vincek
  • Martin a cervené sklícko (1967) - malír a zámecký pruvodce Syllaba
  • Hra bez pravidel (1967) - Duda
  • Ctyri v kruhu (1968) - Michal Donat
  • Kulhavý dábel (1968) - Rudolf (voice)
  • On the Comet (1970) - Porucík Servadac (voice)
  • Radúz a Mahulena (1970) - Radúz
  • Návstevy (1970)
  • Lucie a zazraky (1970) - Mikulás
  • Dost dobrí chlapi (1972) - Kamil Gubris
  • Slecna Golem (1972) - Petr
  • Horolezci (1973) - Miso Lapsanský
  • Wie füttert man einen Esel (1974) - Pepi
  • Arabian Nights (1974) - Narrator (voice)
  • Zivot na uteku (1975) - Vasek
  • Tetované casom (1976) - Dr. Hocko
  • Na samote u lesa (1976) - Dr. Václav Houdek
  • Desat' percent nádeje (1976) - Mato
  • Do posledneho dychu (1976) - Erich Fischer
  • Der Mädchenkrieg (1977) - Schwerdtfeger
  • Ein irrer Duft von frischem Heu (1977) - Aventuro
  • Talíre nad Velkým Malíkovem (1977) - Mine carpenter Salánek
  • Nechci nic slyset (1978) - Marek's Father (scenes deleted)
  • Ragtime (1981) - Special Reporter
  • Reds (1981) - Karl Radek
  • The Osterman Weekend (1983) - Andrei Mikalovich
  • Uncommon Valor (1983) - Gericault
  • Unfaithfully Yours (1984) - Jerzy Czyrek
  • Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) - Swedish Architect
  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) - Alexander Kovalev
  • Black Eagle (1988) - Capt. Valery
  • The Karate Kid Part III (1989) - Milos
  • Loose Cannons (1990) - Steckler
  • The Elementary School (1991) - Igor Hnizdo
  • Undercover Blues (1993) - Axel
  • Rád (1994) - Prior
  • The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) - The Assassin
  • Apt Pupil (1998) - Isaac Weiskopf
  • Ronin (1998) - Dapper Gent
  • Loving Jezebel (1999) - Melvin Szabo (uncredited)
  • The Omega Code (1999) - Prophet #1
  • Lost Souls (2000) - Melvin Szabo
  • Cahoots (2001) - Laphonse
  • The Man from Elysian Fields (2001) - Marcus (uncredited)
  • Rok dábla (2002)
  • Blizzard (2003) - Otto Brewer / Trainer
  • Trosecníci (2003)
  • Želary (2003) - Old Gorcík
  • Jedna ruka netleská (2003) - Otec Standy
  • Horem pádem (2004) - Professor Otakar Horecký
  • Lunacy (2005) - Marquis
  • Máj (2008) - Hangman
  • Hranari (2011) - Bishop
  • Bastardi 3 (2012) - Majeruv obhájce
  • Po strništi bos (2017) - Eda's grandfather (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Velinger, Jan (2017-09-24). "Actor Jan Tříska in serious condition after falling from Charles Bridge". radio.cz. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  2. ^ Spáčilová, Mirka (2017-09-25). "Po pádu z mostu zemřel herec Jan Tříska, slavný učitel z Obecné školy". iDNES.cz. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  3. ^ http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/screen-and-stage-great-jan-triska-dies-at-80

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