Vladimír Mensík (pictured center at left) was born Vladimír Mensí on October 9, 1929 in Ivancice, Czechoslovakia. During World War II, Menšík worked in a weapons factory in Brno. After the war he attended a higher technical college and joined a community theater. From 1947 to 1949 he worked in the First Brno Engineering works and foundry. Then he studied until 1953 at the JAMU (Janáčkova academy múzických umění) in Brno. In 1950 he received his first film role.
This launched his career as a popular Czech actor and entertainer. Both comedian and serious actor, he created a wide range of lively characters. He starred in more than 120 movies “September Nights”, “Král Šumavy”, “Hledá se táta”, “The Cassandra Cat”, Lemonade Joe, “Loves of a Blonde”, “The Cremator”, “Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem”, “Marketa Lazarová”, “Všichni dobří rodáci”, “Tři oříšky pro Popelku”, “Jak utopit doktora Mráčka”, “Dobří holubi se vracejí”, and on TV in the film “Zlatí úhoři” and TV miniseries ‘Byl jednou jeden dům’, ‘Arabela, Létající Čestmír’.
Mensík appeared in only one Euro-western as the barman in 1964’s “Lemonade Joe”
Vladimír died in Brno, Czechoslovakia on May 29, 1988.
Today we remember Vladimír Mensík on what would have been his 85th birthday.