Slovakia mourns passing of actor Marián Labuda

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Slovakia mourns passing of actor Marián Labuda

08. 01. 2018 14:52

Last Friday, Slovakia lost one of the greatest actors of its history, Marián Labuda, who passed away at the age of 73. "Marián was one of the greatest acting talents which Slovakia has ever had. The information about his death was a great shock to me," said Milan Lasica, a living legend of Slovak humour, who performed with Labuda very often in theatre.

"I had two brothers who had emigrated and my relationship with Marián replaced them. Already, when at school he was one of the best. He had a wide ranging acting scale, not only as a comedian," said his colleague Milan Kňažko.

"That is what I call a fulfilled life, when you have a look at what he did. Let us be grateful for having a chance to touch his talent and learn from him," said the Czech director režisér Jiří Strach.

It was with deep sorrow that Slovakia learnt the news about the death of the famous Slovak actor Marian Labuda, who passed away at the age of 73, the Culture Ministry wrote on its social media profile.

Marián Labuda was born in Hontianske Nemce, Banská Bystrica region, on October 28, 1944. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 1964. Three years later, Labuda became a member of the Slovak National Theatre, also in Bratislava. In 1967 he moved to the theatre Divadlo na Korze which was closed down in 1971, for political reasons. Subsequently he joined the Nová scéna theatre in Slovakia's capital and returned to the National Theatre in 1991. He starred in many movies and Labuda's most notably memorable performance was his role in the Czechoslovak cult comedy Vesničko má střediskova (My Sweet Little Village), 1985. The place and date of Labuda's funeral had not been published by Monday noon.

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