Jaroslav Marvan

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Jaroslav Marvan
Born(1901-12-11)11 December 1901
Died21 May 1974(1974-05-21) (aged 62)
Years active1926-1973

Jaroslav Marvan (11 December 1901 – 21 May 1974) was a Czechoslovak actor. He was born in Prague. He was married since the 1920s with Marie Marvanová and had a daughter (Alena Marvanová) with Alena Jančaříková.

He passed his school-leaving exam in 1919 and became a member of the Central Office of posts. He was sent to Uzghorod on business matters (1920-1923).

He was a member of Vlasta Burian's theatre 1926 – 1943, then of the Vinohradské Divadlo (1943-1950) and then of the Městská Divadla Pražská (1950-1954), from where he became a member of the Národní Divadlo (national theatre), where he served for until two years before his death, in 1972.


Silent film era[edit]

His first roles in the silent film era include partaking in the following films:

Sound era[edit]

Afterwards, in the sound era, he worked exclusively with Burian, in the following films:

His most famous roles without Burian are roles of professors in the movies Cesta do hlubin študákovy duše (1939) and Škola, základ života (1938) and the role of train inspector Anděl in the movies Anděl na dovolené (1952), Anděl na horách (1955), (though both movies include heavy pro communist propaganda, like showing the ideal union of workers at a workers summer resort, where they all rather work together on a kindergarten building then vacation).


He died in 1974 in Prague, with his three books of memorials being published posthumously. These include:

  • „Nejen o sobě“ ("About not only my/himself") (1975), „Jaroslav Marvan vypravuje“ ("Jaroslav Marvan relates") (1975) a „Herecké eso“ ("Ace Actor") (1995).

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