Czech actor Pavel Landovsky has died after suffering a fatal heart attack. He passed away on Friday (10Oct14) at the age of 78.
Landovsky rose to fame in the 1960s, starring in films like 1969 comedy I, Mournful God and Closely Watched Trains, which won Czechoslovakia the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1967.
He was also a force in the theatre world and is known for his role as a brewery official in playwright Vaclav Havel's play Audience.
Landovsky famously signed the anti-Communist human rights manifesto Charter 77 in 1977, prompting government officials to ban him from working in the country, which led to his emigration to Austria, where he took up a role at the prestigious Burgtheater in Vienna.
He only returned to Czechoslovakia once the communist regime fell in 1989, when his longtime pal Havel was voted into office as the first democratically elected president of the country in 41 years.