Prominent personalities

The present

Radek Bělohlav

* 11.04. 1970

sportsman

Former Czech ice hockey player, disciple of south Bohemian ice hockey. World champion of 1996 and three-time champion of the Czech Extraliga (1998, 1999, 2002).

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Barbora Hrzánová

Barbora Hrzánová

* 22.04. 1964

actress

Czech actress, daughter of actor Jiří Hrzán. Having graduated from DAMU in Prague, she was given a contract with the National Theater and left for the Divadlo Na Zábradlí in 1993.

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Petr Jirmus

* 26.12. 1957

sportsman

Czech acrobatic pilot, won absolute world championship title twice, absolute Europe champion twice, and four times Czechoslovak champion.

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Václav Johanus

painter

Native of České Budějovice doing free and applied graphics, drawing, journalist and book illustrations. He started his artistic career with cartoon strips for the Dikobraz magazine at the turn of the 1960s.

Petr Kolář

Petr Kolář

* 20.06. 1967

singer / opera singer

As a boy, he attended drum classes at an art school, arrived in Prague in 1993, where he appeared in the most successful Czech and international musicals. He performed with the bands Precedens and Arakain.

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Marta Kubišová

Marta Kubišová

* 01.11. 1942

singer / opera singer

One of the best-known Czech female singers, boasting a deep alto. Triple winner of the Golden Nightingale music poll. Together with Helena Vondráčková and Václav Neckář, they made up the Golden Kids trio in 1968.

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Jiří Mádl

Jiří Mádl

* 23.10. 1986

actor

Czech film actor and director, catapulted among young acting talents of Czech film by the movie Snowboarďáci along with Vojta Kotek.

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Stanislav Neckář

* 22.12. 1975

sportsman

Former Czech ice hockey player, started playing ice hockey in České Budějovice. First entered the NHL in the 1994/1995 season.

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Jitka Nováčková

* 28.04. 1992

fashion model

Czech fashion model and winner of Česká Miss 2011. Attended Jírovcova Grammar School in České Budějovice, completed a film course at the New York Film Academy. Attended a modeling course from the age of 9 and worked as professional model from the age of 14.

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Jiří Pomeje

Jiří Pomeje

* 13.12. 1964

actor

Czech actor and producer. Attended the České Budějovice grammar school. Danced competitively for 10 years, also appeared in the ballet ensemble of the České Budějovice Theater. Graduated from the DAMU in 1988.

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Jaroslav Pouzar

* 23.01. 1952

sportsman

A České Budějovice ice hockey player, participated in 6 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games, 2 Canada Cups.

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Václav Prospal

Václav Prospal

* 17.02. 1975

sportsman

Czech ice hockey forward, he started playing on youth and junior selected teams for České Budějovice. Moved overseas in the 1993/1994 season.

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Jan Rejžek

Jan Rejžek

* 21.06. 1954

publicist

Czech musical and film critic and journalist. Published two collections of poems.

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Vladimír Remek

Vladimír Remek

* 26.09. 1948

astronaut

The only Czechoslovak astronaut, recognized by the European Space Agency as the first European in space.

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Karel Roden

Karel Roden

* 18.05. 1962

actor

Czech actor from a famous acting family. Also broke into foreign film (such as 15 Minutes, Blade 2, Bulletproof Monk, Hellboy, Mr. Bean's Holiday, RocknRolla).

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Pavel Šporcl

Pavel Šporcl

* 25.04. 1973

musician

Czech violin virtuoso, probably the most popular Czech artist in classical music. He is also known for his frequently very informal conduct and dress code, part of his attempts to get as close to the audience as possible.

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Nikol Švantnerová

* 21.10. 1992

fashion model

Winner of Česká Miss 2015, lives in České Budějovice.

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Zdeněk Tůma

Zdeněk Tůma

* 19.10. 1960

politician / monarch

Czech economist, Governor of Czech National Bank in 2000-2010.

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Roman Turek

Roman Turek

* 21.05. 1970

sportsman

Former ice hockey goalkeeper, spent 9 years playing on NHL teams Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars (1999). Became world champion in Vienna in 1996.

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The history

Ema Destinnová

Ema Destinnová

* 26.02. 1878 / † 28.01. 1930

singer / opera singer

A soprano who achieved world fame. She performed in Berlin, London, Paris, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the National Theater in Prague, and on numerous other prominent world opera stages.

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Norbert Frýd

Norbert Frýd

* 21.04. 1913 / † 18.03. 1976

writer

Czech writer, diplomat and traveler. Born into a Jewish business family, attended local grammar school. Imprisoned in Terezín, Auschwitz and Dachau in World War Two.

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Jaroslav Hašek

Jaroslav Hašek

* 30.04. 1883 / † 03.01. 1923

writer

Czech writer, publicist and journalist. His humorist and satiric works ridiculed traditional life ideals. His novel The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War is one of the most important works of Czech literature.

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Václav Havel

Václav Havel

* 05.10. 1936 / † 18.12. 2011

writer / politician / ruler

Dramatist, signatory of Charter 77, persistent fighter for democracy and equality, former President of Czechoslovakia and then the independent Czech Republic.

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Vojtěch Jírovec

Vojtěch Jírovec

* 20.02. 1763 / † 19.03. 1850

music composer

Czech music composer, mostly active abroad. His music is of similar character to that of W. A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn. Born the son of the head of a cathedral choir.

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Jan Valerián Jirsík Jirsík

Jan Valerián Jirsík Jirsík

* 19.06. 1798 / † 23.02. 1883

writer / religious dignitary

Fourth Archbishop of České Budějovice, improved the České Budějovice Diocese, founded the first Czech-language grammar school in České Budějovice. He was also a writer, patriot and national revivalist.

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Hirzo z Klingenbergu

Hirzo z Klingenbergu

politician / monarch

Nobleman and courtier with Přemyslid Kings Wenceslas I and Ottokar II. Long-time burgrave at Zvíkov Royal Castle. Headed numerous construction and location projects – located the royal towns of České Budějovice and Písek, founded the Zlatá Koruna Monastery (where he is buried).

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Eduard Kohout

Eduard Kohout

* 06.03. 1889 / † 25.09. 1976

actor

Long-time protagonist of the drama ensemble of the National Theater in Prague, also appeared in film, on radio and television. Holder of the National Artist title.

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Vojtěch Lanna

Vojtěch Lanna

* 23.04. 1805 / † 15.01. 1866

architect

Czech industrialist, shipwright and builder. Entrusted with complete canalization and maintenance operations on the Vltava and the Elbe in 1833. He established woodworking companies, mines and iron works in Kladno.

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Petr Muk

Petr Muk

* 04.02. 1965 / † 24.05. 2010

singer / opera singer

Czech singer, played with various punk and underground bands in his youth. He was the lead singer of the bands Oceán and Shalom. Released his first solo album in 1997 and began to perform as a solo artist.

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Jan Nepomuk Neumann

Jan Nepomuk Neumann

* 28.03. 1811 / † 05.01. 1860

religious dignitary

Czech Catholic missionary, Redemptorist, fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852-1860). In the eight years of his work, he founded almost 100 schools, over 80 churches, and reformed the seminary. He was canonized in 1977.

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Přemysl Otakar II.

Přemysl Otakar II.

* 01.01. 1233 / † 26.08. 1278

politician / monarch

Ottokar II of Bohemia, the Iron and Golden King, born c. 1233 as the second-born son of King Wenceslas I and Kunigunde of Hohenstaufen, he was the fifth King of Bohemia of the Přemyslid dynasty (crowned 1261) and a powerful Central European monarch.

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Václav Klement Petr

Václav Klement Petr

* 16.01. 1856 / † 18.02. 1901

religious dignitary

Czech Catholic priest, vice-rector of the Bishopric Seminary in České Budějovice, founder and first general superior of the Congregation of Brethren of the Eucharist.

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Ludmila Polesná

* 31.08. 1934 / † 09.12. 1988

sportswoman

Czechoslovak water slalom racer, kayak racer competing in category K1. Won four gold, five silver and two bronze medals at World Championships. Competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where she finished 16th in the individual K1 race.

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Vlastimil Rada

* 05.04. 1895 / † 22.12. 1962

painter

Czech graphic artist, painter and illustrator. Member and theoretician of the Arts Association and prominent representative of its rural wing. Inspired by traditional Czech landscape painting. Appointed Professor at the AVU in 1945. Decorated National Artist in 1958.

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Fráňa Šrámek

Fráňa Šrámek

* 19.01. 1877 / † 01.07. 1952

writer

Czech poet, novelist and agitator. His work was influenced by impressionism and an anti-military to pacifist attitude.

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Pavel Vondruška

* 15.11. 1925 / † 05.02. 2011

actor

Czech actor and conductor, member of the Jára Cimrman Theater, also worked in the National Theater, where he conducted the orchestra during drama performances. Mastered several languages.

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