Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ladislav Pešek

Ladislav Pešek was a famous Czechoslovak film actor.  He was born in Brno in 1906.  Back when Brno was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  He passed away in 1986 at the age of 79.

His real name was Ladislav Pech.  Although his parents were actors, and that he took to the stage at four years of age, his parents wanted him to pursue a solid profession.  He graduated from a two year commercial school but he still ended up at the Brno Conservatory.  He performed on stage with his parents so he took his mother's maiden name so that he would not be confused with his father.

When he was 23 he received an offer to join the National Theatre in Prague where he performed for nearly 50 years.  Between 1931 and 1984 he performed in more than 90 films and television shows.  His memoirs were published in 1977.

He was born on my street in Brno.  The house that he was born at has a plaque commemorating him.

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