The famous actor Jan Tříska has died last night after falling from Charles Bridge on Saturday. Mr. Tříska was 80.
The actor was pulled from the water by two passengers on a passing tour boat on the Vltava River. Reports stated he was not breathing when he was taken ashore where CPR was administered.
The actor was then taken to Prague’s military hospital where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.
Tříska was one of the most talented actors of the 1960s when he was dubbed Czech Marlon Brando. He fled the communist Czechoslovakia for the West in 1977. Later, he moved with his family to the United States. They settled down in Hollywood in 1982.
Triska appeared in 44 U.S. films, including Oscar-winning Milos Forman’s Ragtime and People vs Larry Flynt, and on the stage.
Since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, he has often played in Czech theatre productions and films, for instance, in The Elementary School (Obecná škola, 1991) by Jan Svěrák, which was nominated for Oscar.
Triska also played the main role in Havel’s last drama, The Leaving (Odcházení), on the stage of Prague’s Archa Theatre.