Famous Czech Men

Whether you are looking for soft adventure, hands-on experience in local life and culture, or a fairly new country brimming with bright, beautiful and extraordinary people, the Czech Republic is the place to explore. Chock-a-block with men of extraordinary merit and achievements, unravelling their lives and feats is something that might pique your interest if you are looking for a fillip. From science and arts to sports and politics and from medicine and psychology to music and movies, the Czechs have left a trail of their geniuses for others to follow. Their achievements are so profound that it will emotionally wrench your gut to sop up their life stories. Be it the deaf music genius Bedřich Smetana or decathlon top dogs Tomáš Dvořák and Roman Šebrle or avant-garde thinkers like František Xaver Šalda, Johan Amos Comenius and Petr Chelčický, the Czech has a gamut of sensational talent to take pride in. Discover the lives of some such famous Czech men in their biographies below. The timeline, trivia, and lesser-known facts capture the essence of their live all too well.
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Jaromír Jágr
(Czech Ice Hockey Player and An Olympic, World, and European Champion)
Jaromír Jágr
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Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kladno, Czechia

Legendary Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is known as one of the finest right wingers of his time. A 2-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist, he is also known for his stints with NHL teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

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Ivan Reitman
(Director Known for His Comedy Film ‘Ghostbusters’ & Owner of the ‘Montecito Picture Company')
Ivan Reitman
12
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Died: February 12, 2022

Ivan Reitman is a screenwriter and film and TV producer and director. He is a co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company. He attended McMaster University, where he studied music. After being fired from his first job at a TV channel, he went on to produce stage productions. Later on, he began producing films as well. 

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Antonín Dvořák
(One of the First Czech Composers to Achieve Worldwide Recognition)
Antonín Dvořák
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Birthdate: September 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: May 1, 1904

Antonín Dvořák was a Czech composer who achieved worldwide recognition for his works. His life and career inspired the 1980 historical biographical film Concert at the End of Summer, in which Dvořák was played by actor Josef Vinklář. Canadian children's author Ian Krykorka has based many of his works on some of Antonín Dvořák's operas.

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 4 
Kurt Gödel
(Mathematician, Philosopher and One of the Most Significant Logicians in History)
Kurt Gödel
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Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic
Died: January 14, 1978

Hailed as one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle, Kurt Gödel was Austrian-born American mathematician, logician, and philosopher, who earned international stardom for his incompleteness theorem. Also credited with developing a technique called Gödel numbering, he later started working on Mathematical Platonism, a philosophical theory that failed to attract wide acceptance.

 5 
Ivan Lendl
(Czech-American Former World No.1 Tennis player)
Ivan Lendl
4
Birthdate: March 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechia

Born to professional tennis players, Czech-American tennis legend Ivan Lendl has eight Grand Slam titles under his belt. Known for his topspin groundstrokes, he later turned coach and was responsible for three Grand Slams of Andy Murray. Lendl also has a few Celebrity Tour golf wins in his kitty.

 6 
Pavel Nedvěd
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Pavel Nedvěd
10
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheb, Czech Republic
Pavel Nedvěd is a Czech retired football player who achieved international recognition when he helped his national team reach the final of Euro 1996. Counted among the greatest footballers of his generation, Nedvěd is also considered one of the most successful footballers to have ever emerged from the Czech Republic. Pavel Nedvěd has been named in Pele's FIFA 100 list.
 7 
Tom Stoppard
(Playwright)
Tom Stoppard
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Birthdate: July 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Born in Czechoslovakia, legendary playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard had lost his father in the Japanese invasion of Singapore during World War II. The five-time Tony winner is best known for the absurdist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He also co-wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay of Shakespeare in Love.
 8 
Miloš Forman
(Best Known for Directing the 1975 Psychological Comedy Drama Film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest')
Miloš Forman
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Birthdate: February 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Čáslav, Czechia
Died: April 13, 2018

Miloš Forman was a Czech and American screenwriter, film director, actor, and professor. He is remembered for directing the 1975 psychological comedy drama film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which became the second film to receive all five major Oscars. During his career, Forman won two Oscars, a César Award, and three Golden Globe Awards among other prestigious awards.

 9 
Petr Čech
(Former Czech Football Goalkeeper)
Petr Čech
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Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia

Petr Čech is a Czech retired football player who is currently serving as a performance and technical advisor for the popular English club Chelsea. During his playing career, Čech played as a goalkeeper and is often counted among the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Petr Čech is also considered the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League.

 10 
Gavrilo Princip
(Assassinator of Archduke Franz Ferdinand)
Gavrilo Princip
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Birthdate: July 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Obljaj
Died: April 28, 1918
Gavrilo Princip was a Bosnian Serb member of the Young Bosnia movement who wished to end the Austro-Hungarian reign in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He thus assassinated Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, at age 19. This eventually contributed to the start of World War I
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 11 
Milan Kundera
(Czech Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being')
Milan Kundera
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Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Milan Kundera is a Czech writer who became a naturalized French citizen in 1981 after going into exile in France in 1975. Although his Czechoslovak citizenship was revoked four years after going into exile, he received Czech citizenship in 2019, thanks to his achievements as a writer. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Jerusalem Prize.

 12 
Ferdinand Porsche
(Automotive Engineer and Founder of the ‘Porsche AG’)
Ferdinand Porsche
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Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

 13 
Alphonse Mucha
(Painter)
Alphonse Mucha
2
Birthdate: July 24, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivancice, Czechia
Died: July 14, 1939
 14 
Joseph Schumpeter
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Birthdate: February 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Třešť, Czechia
Died: January 8, 1950
Business students remember Austrian economist and sociologist Joseph Schumpeter for his contribution to the concepts of entrepreneurship, creative destruction, and business cycles. An academic, who had also taught at Harvard, Schumpeter believed capitalism would someday automatically give way to socialism, a thought he expressed in Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
 15 
Dominik Hašek
(Former Czech Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Goaltender)
Dominik Hašek
2
Birthdate: January 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pardubice, Czechia

Dominik Hašek is a Czech retired ice hockey player who played as a goaltender. He is counted among the greatest goaltenders and is credited with leading his national team to its first Olympic gold medal. In 2014, he was made an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017, Hašek was mentioned in the 100 Greatest NHL Players list.

 16 
Václav Havel
(The Last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) & the First President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003))
Václav Havel
10
Birthdate: October 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 18, 2011

Vaclav Havel was a Czech statesman, poet, playwright, and author. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until its dissolution in 1992. Havel was a recipient of several awards including the Gandhi Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 17 
Adam Ondra
(Czech Professional Rock Climber Considered the Greatest of All Time)
Adam Ondra
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Adam Ondra is a Czech rock climber who specializes in bouldering and lead climbing. Widely regarded as the leading climber of his generation, Adam is the first and only male athlete so far to win World Championship titles in both lead climbing and bouldering in the same year. Adam Ondra is considered the greatest professional rock climber of all time.

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Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
(King of Bohemia from 1346 to 1378)
Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: May 14, 1316
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: November 29, 1378

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as the king of Bohemia from 1346 until his death in 1378. In 1355, he became the first king of Bohemia to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor. Later, he was crowned king of Burgundy in 1365, making him the sole king of the Holy Roman Empire and all its kingdoms.

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Josef Bican
(Austrian-Czech Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Josef Bican
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Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 12, 2001

Josef Bican was an Austrian-Czech footballer who played as a forward. According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Bican scored more than 950 goals in 624 official matches, which makes him the second-most prolific goalscorer of all time in recorded history. In 2000, Josef Bican was honored with the Golden Ball by the IFFHS

 20 
Jiří Procházka
(Mixed Martial Artist )
Jiří Procházka
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Birthdate: October 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hostěradice, Czechia

Jiří Procházka is a Czech mixed martial artist and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He first achieved national prominence in 2011 when he won the gold medal at the Czech National Championships for Muay Thai. Jiří Procházka also won the inaugural Czech GCF Light Heavyweight Championship title as well as the inaugural Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Championship title.

 21 
Tomáš Berdych
(Former Czech Tennis Player Counted Among the Best Players to Have Never Won a Grand Slam Title)
Tomáš Berdych
2
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czechia

Tomáš Berdych is a Czech retired tennis player. Renowned for his powerful serve and forehand, Berdych is often counted among the best players to have never won a grand slam title. One of the most popular players to have emerged from the Czech Republic, Tomáš Berdych helped his team win the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013.  

 22 
Petr Korda
(Former Czech Tennis Player Who Won the 'Australian Open' Singles in 1998)
Petr Korda
2
Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Petr Korda is a Czech retired tennis player best known for winning the Australian Open singles in 1998. He also won the Australian Open doubles in 1996 as well as the 1994 Hopman Cup for his country. In July 1998, Petr Korda tested positive for doping. He retired the following year shortly before he was to serve a 12-month ban.

 23 
Bedrich Smetana
(Czech Composer Best Known for His Opera ‘The Bartered Bride’)
Bedrich Smetana
5
Birthdate: March 2, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Litomysl, Czechia
Died: May 12, 1884

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer remembered for his opera, The Bartered Bride. Considered the father of Czech music, Smetana was a prodigy whose first public performance came at age six. He then went on to establish himself as one of the most important composers of Czech music. Smetana has been honored with a Walk of Fame star in Vienna.

 24 
Jan Žižka
(Czech General and Military Leader Who is Considered a National Hero)
Jan Žižka
1
Birthdate: 1360 AD
Birthplace: Trocnov, Borovany, Czechia
Died: October 11, 1424

Jan Žižka was a Czech general and military leader. Today, he is regarded as a national hero in the Czech Republic for his role in the Battle of Grunwald and the Hussite Wars. Renowned for his innovative and unorthodox war tactics, Jan Žižka pioneered the usage of gunpowder.  He has been immortalized in video games, novels, and films.

 25 
Leos Janacek
(One of the Most Important Czech Composers of the 20th Century)
Leos Janacek
2
Birthdate: July 3, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hukvaldy, Czechia
Died: August 12, 1928

Leos Janacek was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, and teacher. He is credited to have created an original, modern musical style inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music. He was deeply influenced by folklore and by the works of his contemporary and friend,  Antonín Dvořák. The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra is named in his honor. 

 26 
Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)
Alexander Dubcek
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Birthdate: November 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uhrovec
Died: November 7, 1992

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček, was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of a Communist Party member. He resisted the Nazi occupation, while his liberal policies later led Soviet authorities to invade Czechoslovakia. He eventually died in a car crash.

 27 
Miloš Zeman
(3rd President of the Czech Republic)
Miloš Zeman
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Birthdate: September 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolin, Czechia

Miloš Zeman is a Czech politician and the current President of the Czech Republic. An influential politician, Zeman served as the Prime Minister of the country from 1998 to 2002. Miloš Zeman achieved popularity as the leader of the Social Democratic Party and is credited with reviving the party into one of the major political forces in the Czech Republic.

 28 
Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
(King of Bohemia)
Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
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Birthdate: February 26, 1361
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: August 16, 1419
 29 
Emil Zatopek
(Czech Long-Distance Runner Who Was Considered One of the Greatest Runners of the 20th Century)
Emil Zatopek
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Birthdate: September 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kopřivnice, Czech Republic
Died: November 21, 2000

Winner of four Olympic golds, three of which came from the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek came to be known as the Czech Locomotive and The Bouncing Czech for his speed. He lost his Communist Party membership for criticizing the 1968 Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia.

 30 
Vladimir Kulich
(Czech-Canadian Actor Best Known for His Role in the Film 'The 13th Warrior')
Vladimir Kulich
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Birthdate: July 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Vladimir Kulich is a Czech-Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of Buliwyf in the 1999 American historical action film, The 13th Warrior. He has also appeared in popular TV series like Vikings. Prior to his acting career, Vladimir Kulich played professional ice hockey and tried his hand at many other things, including a whitewater river rafting business.

 31 
Adolf Loos
(Architect)
Adolf Loos
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Birthdate: December 10, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brno
Died: August 23, 1933

Austrian architect Adolf Loos is often compared to American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of his contribution. Loos believed architecture shouldn’t contain the extra elements and ornaments promoted by Art Nouveau. Mostly known for his residential projects, he built modern buildings such as the Goldman and Salatsch Building.

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Jan Hammer
(Czech-American Composer Best Known for His Work in the Crime Drama Series 'Miami Vice')
Jan Hammer
4
Birthdate: April 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prague

Jan Hammer is a Czech-American musician, record producer, and composer. He is best known for his work in the popular American crime drama series, Miami Vice, for which he composed and produced music for 90 episodes. Jan Hammer is also known for his collaboration with some of the most influential rock and jazz musicians like John McLaughlin and Mick Jagger.

 33 
Albrecht von Wallenstein
(Bohemian Statesman and Military Leader Best Remembered For His Role in 'The Thirty Years' War')
Albrecht von Wallenstein
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1583
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heřmanice, Czechia
Died: February 25, 1634

Albrecht von Wallenstein was a Bohemian statesman and military leader best remembered for his role in the Thirty Years' War. During the war, he served as the supreme commander of the armies of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.  By the time of his death, Wallenstein was one of the most influential and richest men in the Holy Roman Empire.

 34 
Tomáš Rosický
(Former Czech Footballer and Fourth-Highest Goal-Scorer from the Czech Republic)
Tomáš Rosický
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Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

The son of former footballer Jiří Rosický, Tomáš Rosický is known as The Little Mozart for setting the tone of the game on the field. He has represented teams such as Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and has scripted history as the fourth-highest goal-scorer of his country.

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John Amos Comenius
(Czech Philosopher and Pedagogue Regarded as the 'Father of Modern Education')
John Amos Comenius
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Birthdate: March 28, 1592
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nivnice, Moravia, Czech Republic
Died: November 15, 1670

John Amos Comenius was a Czech philosopher, theologian, and pedagogue. Regarded as the father of modern education, Comenius is credited with introducing many educational concepts and innovations such as education for women, equal opportunity for poor children, and universal and practical instruction among other innovations. He also led schools and served as an adviser for governments across Protestant Europe.

 36 
Jan Palach
(Activist Known for Self-Immolation After the 1968 Invasion of Czechoslovakia)
Jan Palach
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Birthdate: August 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: January 19, 1969
 37 
Milan Baroš
(Czech Football Striker, Who Won the UEFA Euro 2004 Golden Boot)
Milan Baroš
4
Birthdate: October 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigantice, Czech Republic
Czech football sensation Milan Baroš is best known as a striker for FK Vigantice. He has also represented clubs such as Liverpool and Aston Villa, winning the Champion’s League with the former, and is the second-best goal-scorer from the Czech Republic. He also won the Golden Boot at Euro 2004.
 38 
Karel Čapek
(Czech Writer and Playwright Who is Best Known for His Science Fiction)
Karel Čapek
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Birthdate: January 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Malé Svatoňovice, Czechia
Died: December 25, 1938

Karel Čapek was a Czech writer, critic, and playwright. He is best remembered for his science fiction work, including his play Rossum's Universal Robots and his novel War with the Newts. Credited with introducing the word robot, Karel Čapek's works were celebrated after World War II. He was also nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature on seven occasions.

 39 
Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia
(Duke of Bohemia (921-935))
Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia
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Birthdate: 0911 AD
Birthplace: Stochov, Czech Republic
Died: September 28, 0935
 40 
Matěj Vydra
(Czech Professional Football Player)
Matěj Vydra
2
Birthdate: May 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chotebor, Czechia

Czech footballer Matěj Vydra is best known as a striker for the English club Burnley. Known for his speed, he began his senior career with teams such as Vysočina Jihlava and Baník Ostrava. He has also been part of the Football League Championship runner-up team of Watford.

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Jan Železný
(Regarded as the Modern Era's Greatest Javelin Thrower)
Jan Železný
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Birthdate: June 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mlada Boleslav, Czechia

Jan Železný is a Czech retired track and field athlete who specialized in the javelin throw. With three Olympic gold medals under his belt, Železný is regarded as the modern era's greatest javelin thrower. Železný broke the world record on four occasions and currently holds the record with a throw of 98.48 metres. He is also a three-time world champion.

 42 
Jan Koller
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Jan Koller
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Birthdate: March 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Jan Koller is a Czech retired footballer best known for his strong physique, height, and heading ability. After making his national debut in 1999, Koller went on to appear in 91 games in a decade-long career, during which he scored 55 goals becoming the all-time top scorer for his country. In 1999, he was named Czech Footballer of the Year.
 43 
Jan Švankmajer
(Former Czech Artist and Filmmaker Famous For His Stop-Motion Animation Work)
Jan Švankmajer
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Birthdate: September 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Jan Švankmajer is a Czech former artist and filmmaker. A self-proclaimed surrealist, Švankmajer's stop-motion animation work has greatly influenced artists like Brothers Quay, Terry Gilliam, Caroline Leaf, Vera Neubauer, Nina Gantz, and Tomasz Bagiński among many others. Jan Švankmajer is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Golden Bear, FIAF Award, and Raymond Roussel Society Medal.

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Jan Veselý
(Czech Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward)
Jan Veselý
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Birthdate: April 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechia

Jan Veselý is a Czech basketball player who has represented his country in important tournaments like the EuroBasket Championships and Olympic Games. A four-time Turkish League champion and three-time Turkish Cup winner, Veselý is renowned for his versatility as he can play as a power forward as well as in center positions.

 45 
Karel Roden
(Czech Actor Known for His Roles in the Films: 'The Bourne Supremacy' and 'Hellboy')
Karel Roden
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Birthdate: May 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ceske Budejovice, Czechia

Karel Roden is a Czech actor best known for his performances in films like The Bourne Supremacy and Hellboy. Over the course of his acting career, Roden has received several prestigious awards such as the Czech Lion Award and Alfréd Radok Award. Karel Roden is also known for his voice work in the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto IV.

 46 
Edvard Beneš
(Former President of Czechoslovakia)
Edvard Beneš
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Birthdate: May 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kožlany, Czechia
Died: September 3, 1948

Czech president Edvard Beneš had come to power twice and resigned in both instances, first after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and then after the communist coup of 1948. Born to peasants in Bohemia, he had earned a doctorate of law and taught at universities before entering politics.

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Patrik Berger
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Patrik Berger
1
Birthdate: November 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Patrik Berger is a Czech retired footballer who won four trophies playing for Liverpool between 1996 and 2003. Renowned for his powerful strikes and strong left foot, Berger was named Czech Footballer of the Year in 1996. He also competed in important tournaments for his national team and helped his team reach the finals of the 1996 UEFA European Championship.

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Karel Gott
(Singer)
Karel Gott
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Birthdate: July 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: October 1, 2019
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 49 
Otto Wichterle
(Chemist)
Otto Wichterle
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechia
Died: August 18, 1998
 50 
John of Nepomuk
(Saint of Bohemia Who is Considered as the First Martyr of the 'Seal of the Confessional')
John of Nepomuk
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Birthdate: 1345 AD
Birthplace: Nepomuk, Czechia
Died: March 20, 1393

John of Nepomuk was the saint of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) who is usually depicted with a halo of five stars, symbolizing the stars that hovered over the Vltava River at the time of his murder. John of Nepomuk, who was drowned at the behest of Wenceslaus of Luxembourg, was beatified and canonized in 1721 and 1729 respectively.