Jiří Schmitzer

Czech actor and musician

Jiří Schmitzer
Jiří Schmitzer seated, playing guitar, looking to the right at camera
Schmitzer in 2008
Born (1949-10-25) 25 October 1949 (age 72)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Alma materTheatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Years active1966–present
ParentJiří Sovák
AwardsCzech Lion

Jiří Schmitzer (born 25 October 1949) is a Czech actor and musician, the son of actor Jiří Sovák. He is a four-time holder of the Czech Lion Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[1]



Schmitzer graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1974, after which he performed at the Činoherní studio in Ústí nad Labem. From 1985, he was a member of the Studio Ypsilon ensemble in Liberec.

Schmitzer made his television debut in 1966 with the series Eliška a její rod. He first appeared onscreen in the 1967 production Kinoautomat, considered the world's first interactive movie.[2] He played prominent roles in such films as Marecek, Pass Me the Pen! (1976), Cutting It Short (1980), The Snowdrop Festival (1984), Černí baroni (1992), and the television series Chalupáři (1975) and Sanitka (1984). In 1997, Schmitzer won his first Czech Lion Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role for the television film Bumerang (1997). He has since won the award three more times, for the films Beauty in Trouble (2006), Jako nikdy (2013), and Staříci (2019).

Schmitzer is also a composer, having written music for a number of theatrical productions and films. He is additionally a singer and guitarist, performing humorous folk songs. He has released four studio albums. In 2008, Schmitzer published a collection of his texts in a book titled Kanimůra ze Šardonu.[3]

Personal life

In 1976, under the influence of alcohol, Schmitzer caused a car accident in which a pedestrian died. He was sentenced to three years in prison and released after a year and a half for good behaviour.[4] His father, Jiří Sovák, never forgave him for this, cutting off all contact with his son and eventually disowning him.[5] Prior to the accident, Schmitzer had acted in several productions with his father, including the film Marecek, Pass Me the Pen! and the series Chalupáři. In the film they played son and father and in the series, the two played grandson and grandfather, respectively. In the 1977 sci-fi comedy Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea, Schmitzer voiced a younger version of his father's character.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1967 Kinoautomat
1976 Marecek, Pass Me the Pen! Jiří Kroupa Jr.
1977 Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea Young Klaus Abard Voice, uncredited
1980 Cutting It Short Francin
1984 The Snowdrop Festival Láďa Novák
1985 My Sweet Little Village Police officer
1988 Dům pro dva Bóza
1992 Černí baroni Lieutenant Hamáček
1993 The Trial Thin defendant
1997 Báječná léta pod psa Dr. Liehr
2000 Wild Flowers Umrlec Segment "Svatební košile"
2006 Beauty in Trouble Richard
2007 Gympl Czech teacher Karel
2008 I'm All Good Tonda
2010 Kooky Creeper Voice
2012 Seven Days of Sin Ditrich
2013 Jako nikdy Vladimír
2019 Staříci Vlastimil Reiner
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Eliška a její rod 2 episodes
1975 Chalupáři Slávek Krbec 7 episodes
1984 Sanitka Ambulance man 5 episodes
1997 Bumerang Jaroslav Svoboda TV film


  • Recitál (1997)
  • Šílenec (2000)
  • Bouda (2003)
  • Sbírka kiksů (2008)


  1. ^ "České lvy ovládlo Nabarvené ptáče, z herců uspěli Schmitzer a Ramba" [The Czech Lions Were Dominated by The Painted Bird, and Schmitzer and Ramba Succeeded Among Actors]. novinky.cz (in Czech). 7 March 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Groundbreaking Czechoslovak Interactive Film System Revived 40 Years Later". english.radio.cz. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Jiří Schmitzer". hulman.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Jiří Schmitzer: rok a půl v base! Zabil chodce!" [Jiří Schmitzer: A Year and a Half in Prison! He Killed a Pedestrian!]. blesk.cz (in Czech). 16 March 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Herec Jiří Schmitzer: Tři roky natvrdo za zabití z nedbalosti. Boxoval, aby se neupil. Pomsta šílené matky" [Actor Jiří Schmitzer: Three Years in Prison for Negligent Killing. He Boxed to Keep from drinking. Revenge of a Crazy Mother]. securitymagazin.cz (in Czech). 13 August 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2021.

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