Pavel Landovský

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Pavel Landovský (2011)

Pavel Landovský (September 11, 1936 – October 10, 2014) was a Czech actor, playwright and director. He was a prominent dissident under the communist regime of former Czechoslovakia.

Landovský was born in Havlíčkův Brod and after finishing his studies at the secondary technical school of mechanical engineering, he tried four time to get to the Faculty of Theatre in Prague, however without success. He started his acting career as a supernumerary actor in the regional theater in Teplice and continued to do so in the regional theaters in Šumperk, Klatovy and Pardubice. The first play that he wrote, Hodinový hoteliér, premiered at the Činoherní theater on 11 May 1969. In 1971 the communist regime banned him from film and television. He continued acting at The Drama Club and other theatres. Landovský was one of the initiators of the human rights' petition Charter 77.[1] He was subsequently banned from working at the theater. Constantly harassed by the secret police (Státní bezpečnost), during the winter of 1978-79, Landovský was accosted at night by an agent and severely beaten and had his leg broken.[2] Feeling compelled to leave for his safety, when was offered a position in the ensemble of the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria, he accepted.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, he was able to return to Prague in January 1990. There he was able to act again, playing one of the lead characters in the play Audience at club Činoherní - a play written by his friend Václav Havel 16 years earlier, and who had recently been elected president of then Czechoslovakia. The play was directed by Jiří Menzel.[3]

He died on October 10, 2014 from a heart attack in Kytín, aged 78.[4][5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1957 Dedecek automobil Wedding guest with trumpet
1969 Kazdy mlady muz Lance-corporal
Slecny prijdou pozdeji zrízenec Pavka
Closely Watched Trains Thief Uncredited
1967 Znamení raka Hynecek Hása
Svatba jako řemen Ridic
Marketa Lazarová Smil
Soukromá vichrice Standa Kocian
Zázracny hlavolam Constable
Piknik Burda
1968 Klec pro dva Youth
Pension pro svobodné pány Nájemník
Muž, který stoupl v ceně Tajný
Rakev ve snu videti... Zdenek Stýbr
1969 End of a Priest Pozorovatel
Utrpení mladého Bohácka Tonda Bohácek
Flirt se slecnou Stribrnou Vasek
Já, truchlivý bůh Apostol Certikidis
1970 Adelheid Guardsman Jindra
Prípad pro zacínajícího kata Fízl
1971 Svatby pana Voka cisar Rudolf II.
The Tricky Game of Love Sluha (segment "Náusnice")
Touha Sherlocka Holmese Zabiják
1972 Slamený klobouk Officer Emil
1981 Ragtime Solomon Peretz
Kopfstand Stunk
Inventura
Den Tüchtigen gehört die Welt Jakob Kralicek
1982 Zeitgenossen
1983 Hunderennen Ladislav Lapak
1984 Lieber Vater Der Concierge
1985 Der Bulle und das Mädchen Scrapyard guard
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Pavel
1989 Die goldenen Jungrau Fetivaldirektor
Follow Me Professor Pavel Navrátil
1991 V záru královské lásky Father
1992 Cerní baroni Maj. Haluska-Terazky - Battalion Commander
1993 Válka barev Administrator of Airport
1994 Amerika Robinson
1995 Hazard Demo
1997 An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World Rychtar, the magistrate
Cesta pustým lesem Kokesch
1998 Stuj, nebo se netrefím Petrina
2000 Andel Exit Machata
2001 Mach, Sebestová a kouzelné sluchátko Mr. Prucha
Bez tváre Bus driver
2002 Únos domú
2005 Kousek nebe Starej
2007 Empties Řezáč
Chytte doktora Cyril Záruba
2008 Shameless Bedrich
2009 Stinu neuteces Granddad Rehor
2011 Odcházení
Westernstory Trubec
2012 Bastardi 3 Dedecek
2016 Smrtelné historky Grandfather (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pavel Landovský" (in Czech). Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  2. ^ Eda Kriseová (1993). Václav Havel: The Authorized Biography. St. Martins Press. pp. 165–166. ISBN 0-88687-739-3.
  3. ^ Whitney, Craig R. (13 January 1990). "When the Playwright's the President, Now That's Really a Premiere". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  4. ^ Spáčilová, Mirka (11 October 2014). "Neurvalý, osamělý, ale ke všem rovný. Zemřel herec Pavel Landovský". iDNES.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Czech Actor Pavel Landovsky Dies at 78". ABC News.com. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Pavel Landovsky, Actor and Vocal Czech Dissident, Dies at 78

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