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Unusual funeral for a Czech actor: Oh, what are his requirements!

He described the Czech actor Václav Postránecký: “He was the last great actor and, in fact, the last knight of the great era of Czech theatre.”

Radovan Lukavsky was born on November 1, 1919 in Prague into a deeply believing family. He even considered in his youth the priestly vocation. He graduated from the real grammar school in Český Brod with excellent results and continued his studies of Czech and French at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague.

During World War II, Czech universities were closed and Lukavský worked as a telegraph operator for some time. At that time, he began to dream of an acting career. In 1941 he entered the Acting Conservatory of Music in Prague, but in his second year he was forced to work in the war industry in Germany. He did not complete his studies at Charles University or at the Conservatory until after the war.

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Radovan Lukavský received his first theatrical participation in the Vinohrady Theater in Prague, where he worked until 1950. From there he moved to the municipal theaters of Prague and in 1957, as an experienced and respected actor, became a member of the National Theater in Prague.

Lukavsk’s most famous role on stage was the role of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, which was then turned down by fellow acting Karel Höger.

He made his silver screen debut in 1946 in the war films Men Without Wings by František Čáp and Superhumans by Václav Wasserman. Director Vaclav Krška offered him more space in Silver Wind (1953) based on the prose of the same name, authored by Fráňa Šrámek. In 1958, Lukavsk starred in Jindřich Polák’s crime drama Death in the Saddle.

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Lukavský gained popularity as Lieutenant Cote in Karel Kachyňau’s drama The King of Šumava (1959), as a spaceship captain in the science fiction Ikaria XB 1 (1963, Jindřich Polák) and as the unapproachable maker Martin Liebich in the drama Return of the Dragon (1967, Edward Greiner) . He represented an important human species in the historical films of Martin Holly Jr. Signum laudis (1980) or in the film Záchvěv Strachu (1983) by Jaroslav Sukop.

In addition to the nearly two hundred film and television characters that Lukavský has played, his name is also associated with popular series, such as The Marriage of the Mind (1968) and FL Age (1970) – both directed by František Filip. The same director cast Lukavský in the series Today in a House (1980?), the successor to the once popular series, A House from the Second World War period.
Radoval Lukavský used his distinctive deep voice in radio, dubbing, and poetry recitation.

Jana Preshova and Radovan

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Radovan Lukavsky studied at the Acting Department of the Theater Faculty of the Academy of Dramatic Art (DAMU) and at the Faculty of Film and Television of the Academy of Dramatic Art (FAMU) in Prague. He was appointed associate professor in 1993 and became a professor two years later. He has two books on acting and several professional articles.

In 1965, Radovan Lukavsk was awarded the title of Outstanding Artist and in 1995 he won the Thalia Prize for Lifetime Achievement. At the age of 85, he and his granddaughter Clara wrote an autobiographical book called Conversations with My Grandfather (published by Karmelitánské nakladateľstvo, 2005).

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Prominent Czech artist Radovan Lukavsky died on March 10, 2008 in his native Prague at the age of 88. His funeral was not entirely traditional. The actor demanded that everyone come to his last goodbye in white clothes and put a bottle of good wine in his coffin.

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