Czech Actor Jan Tříska dies, 80 years of age, after falling from the bridge of Prague

The Actor Jan Tříska, who moved to the united states after being banned by the communist regime of Czechoslovakia, has died after falling from a building emblematic Charles Bridge. He was 80.

Prague theater director Jan Hrušínský confirmed Tříska of the death of Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital during the night due to the injuries of the fall on Saturday, the circumstances of which remain unclear.

Tříska emigrated in 1977, after the signing of the human rights manifesto inspired by his friend, the dissident playwright Václav Havel. He settled in Los Angeles and has appeared in dozens of films, including Ragtime, The Karate Kid Part III and The People vs Larry Flynt, which was directed by his fellow Czech Miloš Forman. Tříska also appeared on television, in series like Quantum Leap and Highlander: The Series, and on stage, starring as the Devil in a Public New York city, the Theatre adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Tříska movies were expelled from Czechoslovakia, cinema and TV screens until the fall of communism in 1989.

After the anti-communist Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Tříska regularly returned to appear in theatrical productions and films, including taking a leadership role in the 1991 comedy of The Primary School, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

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