Czechoslovakia-born character actor Vasek Simek spent many years teaching his craft at Lee Strasburg's Institute. Before that, he had a sporadic acting career in feature films that began with his playing the Soviet premier in Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987). He passed away in May 1994 after collapsing during a performance in Zagreb, Croatia. His other film credits included Green Card (1990), Searching for Bobby Fisher (1993), and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). Simek made his final appearance playing Professor Stowkowski in Ed Wood (1994).