Jan Tříska

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Jan Tříska
JanTriska BAM NY november2005.jpg
Jan Tříska, Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 4, 2005
Born (1936-11-04) November 4, 1936 (age 80)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Years active 1957-present
Spouse(s) Karla Chadimová
Children 2

Jan Triska or Jan Tříska (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈtr̝̊iːska]; 4 November 1936) is a Czech actor, most notable for portraying Captain Henry Wirz in the American television film Andersonville.


Early life and career[edit]

He was born in Prague. Before his emigration he performed in the theater and had many roles in movies. He has two daughters, Karla and Jana, with actress Karla Chadimová, as well as 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. In the U.S. his most notable role 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 Peter Hyams' ambitious and successful sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact among many others.

Despite occasional visits to the Czech Republic, Tříska continues to live in the United States.

Return to Czech Republic[edit]

He visited Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 to perform in such movies as The Elementary School (1991), Horem pádem (2004), the Academy Award nominated Želary (2003) and Máj (adaptation of 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.


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]

Another Stage Works[edit]

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