Jan Potměšil

Jan Potměšil (born 31 March 1966 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech actor.

In summer 1989, he finished his lectures at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and joined Divadlo na Vinohradech. Later that year, he hooked up with other students and actors who were going to Ostrava to persuade the miners to support the Velvet Revolution. On the way back, his car crashed on a frozen road. Since then, Potměšil has been paralysed from the waist down. He uses a wheelchair.

He is currently a prominent member of the ''Kašpar'' theatre company that performs in the Divadlo v Celetné, Prague. He performed major characters in several plays. The most notable ones include Charlie Gordon in ''Flowers for Algernon'' (more than ten years on the repertoire), the title role in ''Richard III'' (received Alfréd Radok Award for best actor), Jesus in Felix Mitterer's ''Trouble in the House of God'', or Polonius in ''Hamlet''. In Lyra Pragensis, he performed Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in Pavlík's ''Beauty from Moulin Rouge'', Fletcher in a scenic reading of Richard Bach's ''Jonathan Livingston Seagull'', and Dickie in ''Running from Safety'' of the same author. Provided by Wikipedia
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