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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Zdeněk Svěrák (born 28 March 1936 in Prague) is a Czech actor, humorist and scriptwriter. He is one of the most popular Czech cultural personalities. In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1958, he graduated in Czech language and literature at the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague. He has worked in a wide variety of capacities. His work contains more than 300 musical texts, plays and more than ten movies. Among his film scripts are Kolya (Czech: Kolja, Academy Award winning film) and The Elementary School (Czech: Obecná Škola, nomination for Academy Award), both directed by his son Jan Svěrák. With his close friend Ladislav Smoljak, he created the fictional personality (universal genius, inventor, sportsman, criminalist, poet, writer and philosopher) Jára Cimrman who won the voting for The Greatest Czech in 2005 (only the fact that Cimrman is fictional prevented him from actually winning). Zdeněk Svěrák also founded a charity organization Paraple (in English, "Umbrella") which focuses on helping paralyzed individuals.
March 28, 1936, Prague, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]
? Czech HeavenWriter and Jan Ámos Komenský ? Vyšetřování ztráty třídní knihyTeacher 1976 Marecek, Pass Me the Pen!Writer, Story, and Šlajs 1976 Secluded, Near WoodsScreenplay and Lavička 1977 Long Live Ghosts!Screenplay 1979 Ball LightningScreenplay and Dr. Ječný 1981 Waiter, Scarper!Screenplay and Pařízek 1983 Jara Cimrman Lying, SleepingWriter and Jára Cimrman 1984 The Snowdrop Festivalřidič trabanta 1985 My Sweet Little VillageWriter, Screenplay, and Malíř 1991 The Elementary SchoolWriter, Story, and Fanouš Souček, Edův tatínek 1993 Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan ChonkinWriter 1996 KolyaScreenplay and František Louka 2001 Dark Blue WorldScreenplay and Story 2007 EmptiesScreenplay and Josef TkalounLimited to the 15 most popular items