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Jan Werich (1905–1980)

Jan Werich was born on February 26, 1905 in Prague, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor and writer, known for The King's Baker and the Baker's King (1952), When the Cat Comes (1963) and Your Money or Your Life (1932). He died on October 31, 1980 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. See full bio »

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 1972 Pan Tau (TV Series)
Pan Viola / Mr. Viola
- Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel (1972) ... Pan Viola
- Pan Tau a taxikár (1972) ... Mr. Viola
- Hledá se pan Tau (1972) ... Mr. Viola
- Pan Tau v cirkusu (1972) ... Pan Viola
- Pan Tau to zarídí (1972) ... Pan Viola
 1969 Nedele 1969 (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1968 Assignment K
Dr. Spiegler
 1968 Klapzubova jedenáctka (TV Series)
- To chce klid (1968)
- Jde se na to (1968) ... Vypravec
 1967 King and Women (TV Movie)
King Henry VIII
 1967 You Only Live Twice
Blofeld (uncredited)
 1967 The 25th Hour
Sgt. Constantin
 1965 Magnetické vlny lécí (TV Movie)
 1964 The Dear Departed (TV Movie)
 1964 The Cry
Narrator (voice)
 1963 A Pound on Demand (TV Movie)
 1963 When the Cat Comes
Magician / Oliva
 1962 Kocár nejsvetejsí svátosti (TV Movie)
Don Andrés de Ribera - Viceroy of Peru
 1962 Tears the World Can't See (Short)
Lieutenant Colonel Fedor Rebrotesov
 1962 The Outrageous Baron Munchausen
Ship's Captain
 1961 Italienisches Capriccio
Don Marzio
 1960 Balada z hadru (TV Movie)
 1960 Stastný lev (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1960 Tezká Barbora (TV Movie)
 1958 The Creation of the World
Narrator (Czech version)
 1958 Tragédie vodníkova (Short)
Singing Narrator (voice)
 1956 Jaroslav Hasek's Exemplary Cinematograph
Storyteller (voice)
 1955 Dobrý voják Svejk
 1955 Music from Mars
Nadsený divák
 1955 There Once Was a King...
King Já I. ("Myself, First")
 1953 Dva mrazíci (Short)
Nebojacný mrazík (voice)
 1951 The Golden Fish (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1950 The Fall of Berlin
Hermann Goering (as Y. Verikh)
 1937 The World Is Ours
 1934 U nás v Kocourkove
Ferdinand Kaplan - Convict no. 1313
 1934 Workers, Let's Go
Jakub Simonides
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

J.W. Rich | Y. Verich | Y. Verikh | Werich

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Personal Quote:

If somebody already is, then he should see to it that he be. And when he sees that he be and is, then he must make sure, that he is what he is, and is not what he isn't - as is the case in most cases.


Before World War II, he had a long stage partnership in Czechoslovakia (both as actor and writer) with George Voskovec. This ended when Voskovec fled to America in 1939 after the German invasion. See more »


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