Czech

For a fairly new country that has been around for a little more than a decade now, one would not expect it to have an exciting history, leave aside having a stockpile of famous men. So it is far more exhilarating when you discover that the new country is not only a reservoir of great talents, but address to some world-famous men and women too, you are likely to change your mind for good. That is right! Czech Republic does a fine job of displaying its enviable heritage, picturesque cities and, illuminating individuals with élan. Be it its beautiful women, top-class sportsmen, Nobel Prize laureates or globally lauded writers and musicians, the Czechs have stamped their greatness in diverse fields and how. People like Franz Kafka, Martina Navratilova, Sigmund Freud, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, Vaclav Havel, Ivan Lendl and Eva Herzigova are just some of the Czechs who have earned unparalleled name and an irreplaceable status in the world map, all thanks to their insurmountable contribution in their diverse fields. Unravel all about the famous Czechs in their biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts are worth a read.

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 1 Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Martina Navratilova is the world’s only tennis player to be no. 1 for more than 200 weeks in both singles and doubles. She is one of three women with a "Grand Slam Boxed Set.” She is openly lesbian and had earlier fled her country, Czechoslovakia, due to political issues.

 2 Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák
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Listed In: Musicians
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 Pavel Nedvěd

Pavel Nedvěd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheb
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 4 Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 5 Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechoslovakia

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

 6 Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 7 Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: April 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (now Svitavy, Czech Republic)
Died: October 9, 1974

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who displayed extraordinary dedication and courage to save the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Oskar Schindler's act is viewed by many as the kind of act that restores faith in humanity.  His inspirational and heart-warming story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film titled Schindler's List.

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 8 Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera
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Listed In: Writers
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.

 9 Gavrilo Princip

Gavrilo Princip
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Listed In: Leaders
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

 10 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
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 11 Petr Čech

Petr Čech
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia

 12 Karolína Kurková

Karolína Kurková
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Děčín, Czechia

Karolína Kurková is a Czech-American actress and model best known for being a former Victoria's Secret Angel. Praised by the bigwigs of the modeling industry for her skills as a model, Kurková was counted among the world's highest-paid models by 2007. Also known for her humanitarian work, Kurková was honored by Women Together, a non-profit organization, in 2006.

 13 John Huss

John Huss
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Religious Thinker, Philosophers, Reformer
Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Husinec
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.

 14 Karolína Plíšková

Karolína Plíšková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louny, Czechoslovakia

 15 Alphonse Mucha

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

 16 Tomáš Rosický

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

 17 Jaromír Jágr

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

 18 Sophia of Hanover

Sophia of Hanover
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Electress of Hanover
Birthdate: October 14, 1630
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: June 8, 1714
Sophia of Hanover was the Electress of Hanover, through her marriage to Ernest Augustus. After a long conflict regarding the succession of the throne of England, she died just 2 months before she could become the queen. An art connoisseur, she played a crucial role in creating the Herrenhausen Gardens

 19 Jana Novotná

Jana Novotná
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brno

 20 Silvia Saint

Silvia Saint
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Pornographic actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyjov, Czechia

 21 Marilyn Miglin

Marilyn Miglin
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Pilsen

The Queen of Makeovers Marilyn Miglin is a known face on the Home Shopping Network. The owner of the fragrance brand Pheromone, Miglin has an entire stretch named after her in Oak Street’s shopping district. She made headlines when her husband, Lee Miglin, was brutally murdered by a serial killer.

 22 Herbert Lom

Herbert Lom
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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Novelist, Character actor, Writer
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague
Died: September 27, 2012

 23 Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
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Famous As: Lady-in-waiting
Birthdate: March 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: June 28, 1914

 24 Bedrich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

 25 Lída Baarová

Lída Baarová
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Died: October 28, 2000

Lída Baarová was a Czech actress whose professional life was overshadowed by her personal counterpart; she is best remembered as the mistress of Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propaganda minister. Her life and career inspired the 2016 film The Devil's Mistress, a dramatization of Lída Baarová's life, in which Baarová was played by Slovak actress Tatiana Pauhofová.

 26 Vaclav Havel

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

 27 Adam Ondra

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

 28 Arthur Seyss-Inquart

Arthur Seyss-Inquart
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: War Criminal
Birthdate: July 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stonařov, Czechia
Died: October 16, 1946

Arthur Seyss-Inquart was an Austrian politician who was part of the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. A Nazi propagandist, Seyss-Inquart was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to death. He was executed on 16 October 1946 in Nuremberg Prison.

 29 Leos Janacek

Leos Janacek
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Listed In: Musicians
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. 

 30 Milan Baroš

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

 31 Jiří Procházka

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

 32 Kristyna Pliskova

Kristyna Pliskova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louny, Czechoslovakia

 33 Petr Korda

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

 34 Alexander Dubcek

Alexander Dubcek
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 35 Dominik Hašek

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

 36 Jan Hammer

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

 37 Tomáš Kalas

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

 38 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

 39 Marketa Irglova

Marketa Irglova
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic

 40 Vladimir Kulich

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

 41 Jan Koller

Jan Koller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Smetanova Lhota

 42 Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Master
Birthdate: May 17, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague
Died: August 12, 1900

 43 Yana Gupta

Yana Gupta
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brno

 44 Albrecht von Wallenstein

Albrecht von Wallenstein
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: September 24, 1583
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heřmanice
Died: February 25, 1634

 45 Lucie Šafářová

Lucie Šafářová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brno

 46 John Amos Comenius

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

 47 Karolína Muchová

Karolína Muchová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olomouc, Czech Republic

 48 Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plzeň, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

 49 Jan Palach

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

 50 Eva Herzigová

Eva Herzigová
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Litvínov, Czechia

Czech supermodel-actor Eva Herzigová was quite a sports lover in her younger days. She deviated to modeling after winning a pageant at 16. Known for her iconic Guess and Wonderbra campaigns, Herzigová, who is now a mother of three, has won hearts with her classic smile and blue-green eyes.