Karel Roden

Karel Roden (born May 18, 1962) is renowned Czech actor, popularly known for his roles in RocknRolla and The Bourne Supremacy, and his voice work in Grand Theft Auto IV. Roden followed his father and grandfather into acting. However, Roden first graduated from the Comprehensive Art Secondary School for Ceramics before being admitted to the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Roden's feature film career began almost simultaneous with his theatre work in 1984 as Honza, a medical student in the 2nd part of a trilogy entitled "How the poets are losing their illusions" (Jak básníci přicházejí o iluze), a lighthearted, comic look at life through the lives of young university students. Roden's Honza also appeared in the final installation of the trilogy, "How poets are enjoying their lives" (Jak básníkům chutná život). Other comic turns include Roden's Captain Tuma in "What Kind of Soldier" (Copak je to za vojáka), a humoristic look at life as a soldier in the socialist Czech army, the character Dragon in the action-thriller Deadfish with Gary Oldman and Terence Stamp.


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