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Jan Tříska is a Actor American born on 4 november 1936 at Prague (Republique tcheque)

Jan Tříska

Jan Tříska
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Nationality USA
Birth 4 november 1936 at Prague (Republique tcheque)
Death 25 september 2017 (at 80 years)

Jan Triska or Jan Tříska ([ˈjan ˈtr̝̊iːska]; 4 November 1936) is a Czech actor, most notable for portraying Captain Henry Wirz in the American television film Andersonville.


Early life and career
He was born in Prague. Before his emigration he performed in the theater and had many roles in movies. He has two daughters, Karla and Jana, with actress Karla Chadimová, as well as a grandson named Augustin.

Life and career in the United States
After signing the Charter 77 proclamation, he emigrated to the United States via Cyprus. In the U.S. his most notable role was probably that of Milos, the loyal butler and personal assistant to Mr. Terry Silver, in The Karate Kid, Part III. He also played the assassin in Miloš Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, and appeared in Highlander: The Series (season 5, episode 10), Highlander: The Raven, Blizzard, The Osterman Weekend, Ronin, Apt Pupil (as Isaac Weiskopf), and Peter Hyams' ambitious and successful sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact among many others.

Despite occasional visits to the Czech Republic, Tříska continues to live in the United States.

Return to Czech Republic
He visited Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 to perform in such movies as The Elementary School (1991), Horem pádem (2004), the Academy Award nominated Želary (2003) and Máj (adaptation of Karel Hynek Mácha). In 2002, Tříska received an Alfréd Radok Award for his performance as Lear in King Lear at the Summer Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle.

Usually with

Karel Zeman
Karel Zeman
(3 films)
Josef Kemr
Josef Kemr
(5 films)
Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jan Tříska (33 films)

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Lunacy (2005)
, 1h58
Directed by Jan Švankmajer
Origin Republique tcheque
Genres Drama, Comedy, Horror
Actors Jan Tříska, Anna Geislerová
Roles Marquis
Rating71% 3.595623.595623.595623.595623.59562
Jean Berlot (Liska) is a deeply troubled man who has been haunted by violent hallucinations since the death of his mother, who was committed to a mental institution when she passed on. While arranging his mother's funeral, Jean meets a fellow inmate who claims to be the Marquis de Sade (Triska), and lives as if he's in 18th-century France rather than the Czech Republic in 2005. Jean strikes up an alliance with De Sade, though they can hardly be called friends, and after becoming an unwilling accomplice to De Sade's debauchery, Jean joins him at a hospital run by Dr. Murlloppe (Dusek), who offers "Purgative Therapy" for people who aren't mad but could be in the future. Jean falls for a beautiful nurse named Charlota (Geislerova), who claims she's being held at the hospital against her will; in time, Jean hatches a plan to liberate her and the inmates, though he learns the truth is even more disturbing than he's been led to believe.
Up and Down, 1h48
Directed by Jan Hřebejk
Genres Drama, Comedy, Black comedy
Actors Jan Tříska, Jiří Macháček, Emília Vášáryová, Ingrid Timková, Jan Budař, Jiřina Třebická
Roles Professor Otakar Horecký
Rating69% 3.4955353.4955353.4955353.4955353.495535
Milan and Goran are two criminals who smuggle illegal immigrants. One night after they complete a smuggle, they discover that one of the immigrants has left a baby behind. Milan and Goran decide to sell the baby to Lubos and Eman, who are responsible for running an illegal baby adoption center. Lubos and Eman make attempts to sell the baby to Miluska and Frantisek, a barren couple. Concurrently a university professor is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, setting into action a complicated train of family reunions, partings, and conflicts.
Želary (2003)
, 2h30
Directed by Ondřej Trojan
Origin Republique tcheque
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Iva Bittová, Miroslav Donutil, Jana Oľhová, Ivan Trojan
Roles Old Gorcík
Rating75% 3.794663.794663.794663.794663.79466
In 1940s Czechoslovakia, Eliška is a nurse who works alongside her lover, Richard, a respected surgeon. Due to the rising pressure of the Nazis, an underground network has formed to help those in danger of persecution. Richard is one of several doctors taking part in the resistance while Eliška acts as a messenger between contacts.
Blizzard (2003)
, 1h33
Directed by LeVar Burton
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Christmas films
Actors Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Pollak, Whoopi Goldberg, Jan Tříska, Stéphanie Morgenstern
Roles Otto Brewer / Trainer
Rating58% 2.9044752.9044752.9044752.9044752.904475
Ten-year-old Jess is inconsolable in her grief after her very best friend Bobby moves away. Her eccentric Aunt Millie comes to visit and decides the best medicine is to tell her a story about Katie, another ten-year-old girl, who wanted only one ice-skate. While practicing on an outdoor rink near her home, Katie is befriended by Otto Brewer, a former Olympic skating champion, who offers to teach her "proper skating," and under Otto's tutelage, Katie blossoms into a magnificent skater. However, when Katie's father loses his job and the family is forced to move to the big city, Katie is devastated. Meanwhile, in the North Pole, Santa and his elves are celebrating the birth of Blizzard (Whoopi Goldberg), a baby reindeer born to Blitzen and Delphi. It quickly becomes apparent that Blizzard possesses all three magical reindeer gifts: the ability to fly, the power to make herself invisible, and the gift of empathic navigation - being able to see with her heart. Using her empathic ability, Blizzard feels Katie's sadness and flies to Katie's home to investigate. Despite the rigid rules of the North Pole, Blizzard helps Katie learn that the value of true friendships is that they never truly go away. However, by breaking these rules, Blizzard must face the possibility of banishment at the hands of Archimedes, Santa's strict head elf. Only true friendship can save her now. Katie's former bully Erin becomes a humble friend after being saved from drowning in a thin-iced frozen pond by Katie, with Blizzard's help.
Lost Souls
Lost Souls (2000)
, 1h37
Directed by Janusz Kamiński
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Winter, Philip Baker Hall, John Hurt, Elias Koteas
Roles Melvin Szabo
Rating48% 2.402852.402852.402852.402852.40285
A small group of Roman Catholics believe Satan intends to become man just as God did in the person of Jesus. Writings from a seemingly-possessed psychiatric patient lead them to Peter Kelson (Chaplin). The group suspect it is Kelson's body Satan has chosen to occupy. The youngest of the group, Maya Larkin (Ryder), meets Peter to investigate further and try to convince him of embodied evil. Other signs come to Kelson as he and Maya take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery and an ultimate showdown.
The Omega Code, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Casper Van Dien, Michael York, Catherine Oxenberg, Michael Ironside, Devon Odessa, Jan Tříska
Roles Prophet #1
Rating36% 1.806871.806871.806871.806871.80687
In Jerusalem, a rabbi named Rostenburg is using software he designed to decode seventy eschatological prophecies hidden within the Torah. Rostenburg handwrote each one he found in a journal, to be entered into the program for deciphering. The program deciphers a prophecy which says that he is about to die; immediately, he tears the page containing the final code from his journal, hiding it in his shirt pocket. He is then shot and killed by an assassin, who takes his journal and the optical disc containing the decoding program. After the assassin leaves, two mysterious men (later revealed to be two prophets) retrieve the journal page Rostenburg had hidden.
Ronin (1998)
, 2h1
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Heist films, Chase films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce
Roles Dapper Gent
Rating71% 3.598543.598543.598543.598543.59854
At a bistro in the Montmartre district of Paris, IRA operative Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) meets with ex-special operatives-turned mercenaries Sam (Robert De Niro), Larry (Skipp Sudduth), and Vincent (Jean Reno), and takes them to a warehouse where fellow mercenaries Gregor (Stellan Skarsgård) and Spence (Sean Bean) are waiting. There, Deirdre briefs the men on their mission: that they have been hired to attack a heavily armed convoy and steal a large metallic briefcase, the contents of which are never revealed. As the team prepares, Deirdre meets with her ex-IRA handler, Seamus O' Roarke (Jonathan Pryce), who reveals that the Russian mob is bidding for the case and the team must intervene. After Spence is exposed as a fraud by Sam and summarily dismissed, the others depart for Nice. Sam and Deirdre develop an attraction to each other during a stakeout. On the day of the sale, Deirdre's team ambush the convoy at La Turbie and pursue the survivors back to Nice. After a gun battle at the port, Gregor steals the case and disappears.
Apt Pupil
Apt Pupil (1998)
, 1h51
Directed by Bryan Singer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, David Schwimmer, Joshua Jackson, Bruce Davison, Elias Koteas
Roles Isaac Weiskopf
Rating66% 3.3486653.3486653.3486653.3486653.348665
In southern California in 1984, 16-year-old high school student Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that his elderly neighbor, Arthur Denker (McKellen), is in reality Kurt Dussander — a former Sturmbannführer in the SS who is now a fugitive war criminal hiding from justice. Todd blackmails Dussander by threatening to turn him in to the police. However, the teenager is fascinated with Nazi atrocities perpetrated during World War II, and forces Dussander to share disturbing stories of what it was like working at Nazi extermination camps, and how it felt to participate in genocide.
The People vs. Larry Flynt, 2h9
Directed by Miloš Forman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about families, Politique, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about pornography, Films about disabilities, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Cromwell, Richard Paul, Crispin Glover
Roles The Assassin
Rating72% 3.648163.648163.648163.648163.64816
In 1952, 10-year-old Larry Flynt is selling moonshine in Kentucky. Twenty years later, Flynt and his younger brother, Jimmy, run the Hustler Go-Go club in Cincinnati. With profits down, Flynt decides to publish a newsletter for the club, the first Hustler magazine, with nude pictures of women working at the club. The newsletter soon becomes a full-fledged magazine, but sales are weak. After Hustler publishes nude pictures of former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, sales take off.
Andersonville, 2h47
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Frederic Forrest, Thomas F. Wilson, Carmen Argenziano, Jayce Bartok, Frederick Coffin, Cliff De Young
Roles Cap. Henry Wirz
Rating74% 3.733193.733193.733193.733193.73319
The film begins with a group of Union soldiers being captured and forced to surrender at Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June 1864. They are transported to prisoner-of-war Camp Sumter, near Andersonville, Georgia. When they enter, they discover a former comrade, named Dick Potter, who explains the grim realities of daily existence in the camp – primarily the lack of shelter, clean water, and regular food supplies. He also states the danger of a rogue group of Union soldiers, called the "Raiders", who hoard the camp's meager rations, and lure unsuspecting "fresh fish" – newly captured soldiers – into their area of the camp, to attack and rob them.
World War II: When Lions Roared, 3h14
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Ed Begley Jr., Jan Tříska, Corey Burton
Roles Vyacheslav Molotav
Rating65% 3.295343.295343.295343.295343.29534
The film portrays Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin as they maneuver their countries through several of the major events of World War II - such events include the Blitz, Operation Barbarossa, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Italy, and concluding with the Tehran Conference.
Heart of Darkness
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaac de Bankolé, James Fox, Iman, Allan Corduner
Roles White Agent
Rating57% 2.851692.851692.851692.851692.85169
Ivory trader Captain Charles Marlowe (Roth) is sent up the Congo River to retrieve cargo, and along the way, learns of the successful and enigmatic trader Kurtz (Malkovich), who is worshiped as a god by the natives.
Undercover Blues, 1h30
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw, Stanley Tucci, Obba Babatundé, Dennis Lipscomb
Roles Axel
Rating60% 3.00013.00013.00013.00013.0001
Turner and Quaid play Jane and Jefferson Blue, a wise-cracking couple of spies for an unnamed U.S. covert organization on maternity leave in New Orleans with their baby daughter whom they dote on, though they are unable to agree on whether her name should be Louise Jane or Jane Louise. With the baby's arrival, they have decided to move on to "Chapter Two" of their marriage, retiring from field assignment in an attempt to give their daughter a normal life. However, events continually conspire to draw them back into their old lives, including fruitless attacks by a frustrated mugger (played by Stanley Tucci) while being called back into service to combat a psychotic Czech arms dealer (played by Fiona Shaw).