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Oldřich Nový

Oldřich Nový was a Czech film and theatre actor, director, composer, dramaturge and singer. He is considered one of the greatest actors of the Czech cinema in the first half of the 20th century.  At the encouragement of his uncle, Miloš Nový, a well-known actor of the National Theatre in Prague, Oldřich joined amateur theatre group "Řemeslnická beseda" and appeared in numerous plays before moving to Brno to direct in 1918.   Following his fifteen year stay, Oldřich  co-founded the "Nové divadlo" (The New Theatre) together with his wife Alice Valentová-Nová.  There he explored new and modern expressions of theatre by combining spoken word with operetta stylings to develop the "musical comedy" genre. In 1937 he met and began collaborating with renowned pre-war director Mac Frič. Their first success came in 1939, with the comedy Kristián, the first of many popular comedies starring Nový. During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Oldřich Nový became a target of the Nazi party, both for his celebrity, and his wife’s Jewish ancestry.  In 1944, after refusing to divorce, the couple was imprisoned in the the German concentration camp in Osterode. Following the liberation, Nový worked a dramaturge of Czechoslovakian film until the 1960s, when he began appearing on Czech television in the popular television series, "Taková normální rodinka" (1967-1971). His last theatre role was a title character of the play "Hodinový hoteliér" by Pavel Landovský, directed by Evald Schorm. During this time, Nový again collaborated with Mac Frič to create successful comedies, both conformist and parody, but these films are of minor note to his career. In his later years, Nový lived a life of isolation to avoid his celebrity status, almost never leaving his home.  


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Born:
Aug 7, 1899 In Praha
Movie/TV Credits:
44
First Appeared:
In the movie Neznámá kráska 1922-01-01
Latest Project:
Series Bakaláři 1972-02-19
Known For
Poster of Men About Town
Poster of Zlatý pavouk
Poster of Pouť noci silvestrovské
Poster of The Blue Star Hotel
Filmography
Series Bakaláři Unknown 1972-02-19
Series Taková normální rodinka Koníček 1971-11-01
Movie Men About Town Profesor 1969-10-10
Movie Čertouská poudačka Unknown 1966-01-01
Movie Alibi on the Lake fotograf Laufr 1966-01-21
Movie The Phantom of Morrisville Sir Hannibal Morris 1966-07-15
Movie Rhythm of First Love Unknown 1965-01-01
Movie Úplně vyřízený chlap Unknown 1965-05-21
Movie Záhadný pan Hyde Unknown 1964-04-14
Movie Věštec účetní Čeněk Šlik 1963-01-01
Movie Dva z onoho světa Unknown 1962-12-28
Movie Kde alibi nestačí Unknown 1961-01-01
Movie Of Things Supernatural (segment "Tajemství písma") 1959-01-09
Movie Zlatý pavouk barman Charlie 1957-02-22
Movie Něco se tu změnilo Unknown 1955-01-01
Movie Hudba z Marsu Jiří Karas, skladatel 1955-05-27
Movie Nechte to na mně Unknown 1955-12-23
Movie Slovo dělá ženu Unknown 1953-05-29
Movie Pouť noci silvestrovské Unknown 1953-12-31
Movie The Poacher's Foster Daughter or Noble Millionaire René Skalský 1949-04-01
Movie Parohy Viktorin 1947-10-10
Movie Abrakadabra Commentary (voice) 1946-01-01
Movie Sobota Richard Herbert 1945-01-12
Movie Paklíc Gabriel Anděl 1944-12-22
Movie Valentin Dobrotivý Valentin Plavec 1942-07-31
Movie A Charming Man Viktor Bláha 1941-07-04
Movie The Blue Star Hotel Vladimír Rychta Rohan 1941-08-29
Movie The Girl in Blue Jan Karas 1940-01-26
Movie Přítelkyně pana ministra syn Jan Hrubý 1940-03-22
Movie Burian the Liar tajemník Arnošt Benda, manžel Karly 1940-09-13
Movie Život je krásný Jan Herold 1940-12-20
Movie Dědečkem proti své vůli Richard Osten 1939-08-04
Movie Kristian úředník Alois Novák alias pan Kristian 1939-09-08
Movie Eva Fools Around Michal Nor 1939-11-10
Movie Třetí zvonění JUDr. Jan Hudec 1938-02-04
Movie Advokátka Věra Petr Kučera 1937-04-30
Movie Camel Through The Eye Of A Needle Komorník Alfons 1937-01-19
Movie Rozkošný příběh Jaroslav Nerad 1937-01-29
Movie Falešná kočička MUDr. Vladimír Přelouč 1937-08-06
Movie Důvod k rozvodu Pavel 1937-08-20
Movie Na tý louce zelený Gustav Horowitz 1936-08-07
Movie Uličnice hrabě Moretti 1936-10-23
Movie Rozpustilá noc Monokl Fredy 1935-04-05
Movie Neznámá kráska Unknown 1922-01-01