Actor Vladimír Čech dies at 61
Respected Czech actor Vladimír Čech, known for his extensive work in the theatre as well as for being the first host of the Czech version of Who wants to be a Millionaire? died on Friday at the age of 61. The actor had been battling cancer and suffered complications from pneumonia. Čech, the son of anchorwoman Heda Čechová and actor Vladimír Čech, Sr, graduated from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in 1977, before taking employment at numerous theatres including the Oldřich Stibor State Theatre in Olomouc. In addition to theatre, Mr Čech was an acclaimed voice actor; for children he was the voice of the cartoon character ‘Garfield’.