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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Ivan Reitman

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Famous As: Owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia

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. 

 2 Antonín Dvořák

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nelahozeves, Prague, Czechia
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.

 3 Kurt Gödel

Kurt Gödel
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Famous As: Logician, Mathematician, Philosopher
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.

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 4 Pavel Nedvěd

Pavel Nedvěd
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheb

 5 Miloš Forman

Miloš Forman
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter and Film actor
Birthdate: February 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Čáslav, Czechoslovakia
Died: April 13, 2018

 6 Ivan Lendl

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Famous As: Tennis player
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.

 7 Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard
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Famous As: Playwright
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.
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 8 Gavrilo Princip

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Famous As: Assassinator of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
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

 9 Milan Kundera

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Famous As: Writer
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.

 10 Petr Čech

Petr Čech
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
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 11 Jaromír Jágr

Jaromír Jágr
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kladno, Czechia

 12 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
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Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
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

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 24, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivancice, Czechia
Died: July 14, 1939

 14 Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: December 18, 2011

 15 Tomáš Rosický

Tomáš Rosický
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague

 16 Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor (1355-78)
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.

 17 Bedrich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana
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Famous As: Composer
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.

 18 Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra
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Famous As: Rock Climber
Birthdate: February 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic

 19 Jiří Procházka

Jiří Procházka
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hostěradice, Czechia

 20 Herbert Lom

Herbert Lom
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Famous As: Former Actor best known for his roles in The Ladykillers, The Pink Panther film series, War and Peace and the television series The Human Jungle
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: September 27, 2012

 21 Miloš Zeman

Miloš Zeman
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: September 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolín

 22 Alexander Dubcek

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Famous As: Politician
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.

 23 Josef Bican

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Famous As: Former footballer striker
Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 12, 2001

 24 Leos Janacek

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Famous As: Composer
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. 

 25 Tomáš Berdych

Tomáš Berdych
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czechia

 26 Vladimir Kulich

Vladimir Kulich
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Czechia

 27 Milan Baroš

Milan Baroš
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigantice

 28 Jan Hammer

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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Film producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: April 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prague

 29 Adolf Loos

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Famous As: Architect
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.

 30 Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia

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Famous As: King of Bohemia
Birthdate: February 26, 1361
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: August 16, 1419

 31 Dominik Hašek

Dominik Hašek
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pardubice, Czech Republic

 32 John Amos Comenius

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 28, 1592
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nivnice, Czechia
Died: November 15, 1670

 33 Petr Korda

Petr Korda
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

 34 Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia

Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0907 AD
Birthplace: Prague
Died: September 28, 0935

 35 Jan Palach

Jan Palach
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melnik
Died: January 19, 1969

 36 Albrecht von Wallenstein

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Famous As: Military leader and statesman who fought on the Catholic side during the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648)
Birthdate: September 24, 1583
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heřmanice, Czechia
Died: February 25, 1634

 37 Jan Žižka

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Famous As: General
Birthdate: November 30, 1375
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trocnov, Borovany, Czechia
Died: October 11, 1424

 38 Jan Veselý

Jan Veselý
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechia

 39 Tomáš Kalas

Tomáš Kalas
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olomouc

 40 Karel Čapek

Karel Čapek
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Famous As: Known for his science fiction, including his novel War with the Newts (1936) and play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots, 1920)
Birthdate: January 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Malé Svatoňovice, Czechia
Died: December 25, 1938

 41 Edvard Beneš

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Famous As: Former President of Czechoslovakia
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.

 42 Jan Švankmajer

Jan Švankmajer
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: September 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

 43 Radek Štěpánek

Radek Štěpánek
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Czechia

 44 Otto Wichterle

Otto Wichterle
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechia
Died: August 18, 1998

 45 Karel Gott

Karel Gott
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia
Died: October 1, 2019

 46 John Huss

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Famous As: Translator ||| Religious scholar ||| Theologian ||| Educator ||| Professor ||| Writer ||| Philosopher
Birthdate: May 1, 1369
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Husinec, Czechia
Died: July 6, 1415

John Huss was a Czech philosopher and theologian. He is credited with inspiring a Proto-Protestant Christian movement called Hussitism, which started in the Kingdom of Bohemia before spreading across the Lands of the Bohemian Crown. He also inspired the Bohemian Reformation, which is regarded as one of the most important social, political, and religious movements of the early modern period.

 47 John I of Bohemia

John I of Bohemia
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 10, 1296
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg
Died: August 26, 1346

 48 Joseph Schumpeter

Joseph Schumpeter
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Famous As: Economist
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

 49 Karel Čurda

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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: October 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Czechia
Died: April 29, 1947

 50 Jiří Veselý

Jiří Veselý
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Příbram, Czechia