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Vlastimil Brodský

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A droopy-faced clown whose familiar voice echoed through the minds of generations of Czech children enamored by the fairy-tale cartoons that ran nightly on television, Vlastimil Brodsky was the clown that laughed despite the pain beneath the surface. Born in Hrusovany, Czechoslovakia, in 1920, Brodsky was schooled in the arts of acting by influential Czech stage thespian E.F. Burian before joining the Vinohrady Theater in 1948. Though he had been appearing in film for over a decade, Brodsky's big break came with his role in the 1956 film Hotel Pokrok. With his career quickly gaining momentum, the dedicated actor would forge close working relationships with such directors as Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains [1966]) and Vojtech Jasny (Cassandra the Cat [1963]), resulting in many of the actor's most well-known roles. His role as a Polish Jew who inspires hope in his fellow neighbors through fake new reports during the darkest days of WWII in Jacob the Liar (1974) was the inspiration for the decidedly lighter 1999 Robin Williams picture of the same name, and won Brodsky a Golden Nymph in addition to his numerous other awards. The subject of a '90s documentary, Brodsky's final role in Autumn Spring (2002) found the actor the recipient of the Czech Lion for Best Actor. Though he was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2002, the tragic suicide of the actor would find this award handed out posthumously. Having suffered a debilitating stroke the previous year, the actor had taken his own life. He was 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Faráruv konec (The End of a Priest)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Az prijde kocour (When the Cat Comes)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Vsichni dobrí rodáci (All My Compatriots)
  • Actor
2011
97% Autumn Spring (Babí léto)
  • Frantisek `Fanda' Hana
2003
No Score Yet Too Loud A Solitude (une Trop Bruyante Solitude)
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Motýlí cas (The Flying Sneaker)
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Mysterious Castle In The Carpathians (Tajemství Hradu V Karpatech)
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem (Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea)
  • Actor
1977
100% Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)
  • Jakob
1975
No Score Yet All My Good Countrymen
  • Noster
1969
No Score Yet Skrivánci na niti (Larks on a String)
  • Professor for literature
1969
No Score Yet All My Good Countrymen
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Capricious Summer
  • Major
1967
100% Ostre Sledované Vlaky (Closely Watched Trains)
  • Counselor Zednicek
1966
No Score Yet Bílá paní
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Courage For Every Day (Kazdy Den Odvahu)
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Cassandra Cat
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Transport From Paradise
  • Mukl
1962

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