Miloš Kopecký

Miloš Kopecký

  • Born on
    • August 22nd, 1922
  • Died on
    • February 16th, 1996
Miloš Kopecký was a Czech actor, active mainly in the second half of the 20th century.  He was born into the family of craftsmen, Kopecký was involved with music and theater throughout his entire life.  Starting on stage in 1939, as a member of an amateur elocution group, Kopecký performed with numerous young artists during the German occupation of then Czechoslovakia.  Near the end of World War II, Kopecký’s mother was murdered at the Auschwitz concentration camp for her Jewish heritage, while Miloš was interned in the labor camp Bystřice u Benešova.  He would later credit these experiences as the cause for his struggle with Bipolar Disorder, then known as Manic-Depressive Disease.   Following the liberation, Kopecký began acting in the avant-garde studio Větrník in 1945, before joining the Vinohrady Theatre in 1965 at the behest of then-director František Pavlíček.  Kopecký  continued to make guest appearances at theaters throughout Prague, working with many notable actors of his era before appearing on film and television.  His first minor role was in the historic film Jan Roháč z Dubé (1947), but he quickly graduated to more important characters and gradually became one of the most popular actors in Czechoslovakia.   He may be best known today as Dr. Štrosmajer in the Czech television series Nemocnice na kraji města.  During his career he played mainly negative roles of traitors, lechers, and villain, which he famously depicted with elegance and esprit.   In the mid-1980s Kopecký acted in a politically biased documentary film about emigrants, and also presented very critical speech against current communist régimes in May, 1987, at the Fourth Congress of Dramatic Artists.  He was married five times, at one point to Czech actress Stella Zázvorková.


Acting (12 Credits)

1984The Three Veterans as skřítek
1981The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians as Baron Gorc z Gorců
1978Adela Has Not Had Supper Yet as baron Rupert von Kratzmar
1975How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer as hlavní český vodník Wassermann
1974A Night at Karlstein as vévoda Štěpán
1971You Are a Widow, Sir! as profesor Somr, majitel sanatoria
1964Lemonade Joe as Horác Badman alias "Hogofogo"
1962The Fabulous Baron Munchausen as Baron Munchausen
1957Dobrý voják Svejk as feldkurát Katz
1955There Was Once a King... as chytrý princ
1952The Proud Princess as Kancléř
1952The Emperor and the Golem as An Alchemist

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