The actor Vladimír Dlouhý, well-known for roles in both film and the theatre, has died at the age of 52; he had suffered a short bout with serious illness, his family reported. Dlouhý was recognised for his talent early after studying at the Prague Conservatory. He starred in his first film in 1970 (Už zase skáču přes kaluže) directed by the late Karel Kachyňa. He went on to land roles in children’s favourites Give the Devil his Due and the TV series Arabela, as well as films such as Boomerang and The Buttoners. He had recently completed work on a final film, Kájínek – about an infamous Czech prison escapee – directed by first-time director Petr Jákl.
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