By Ryan Keating-Lambert
Czech actor Jan Tříska died last night after an accident on Charles Bridge earlier this weekend.
The 80-year-old ‘Czech Marlon Brando’ fell from Charles Bridge into the Vltava river on Saturday. Although the actor was bravely rescued by passengers on a passing boat, he died last night in Prague’s Central Military Hospital after spending the weekend in a critical condition. Police are yet to confirm whether the fall was intentional or not.
Tříska, born in Prague, had a long and illustrious career in the Czech Republic, including his well known theatrical portrayal of King Lear, and leading roles in a number of award winning films, including the Oscar nominated Jan Svěrák film The Elementary School (Obecná škola), alongside fellow Czech actor Zdeněk Svěrák, and more recently, in the film’s prequel Barefoot (Po strništi bos), which is currently screening in Czech cinemas.
He also made a name for himself abroad after emigrating to the U.S. in 1977 and starting a family with actress wife Karla Chadimová. His Hollywood titles include 2010: The Year We Made Contact – the follow-up to Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Miloš Forman films Ragtime and The People vs Larry Flint, and Ronin alongside Robert De Niro.
The actor also received the prestigious Kristián award at Febiofest this year for his contribution to world cinema, and was due to start shooting the new Jiří Mádl film On the Roof (Na střeše) this week.