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Karel Roden Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

It may be difficult to believe that the slightly wiry and gaunt Czech actor Karel Roden is the same presence who made the Earth tremble as barrel-chested Grigori Rasputin in [[Feature~V287448~Hellboy~hellboy]] (2004) -- consider it a testament not only to the magnificence of Hollywood special effects, but to Roden's raw versatility. Born in Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia, in 1962, Roden studied drama in Prague and evinced a stunning ability to immerse himself into -- and flesh out -- almost any character. This quality soon carried over into his film and television roles. He tackled most of his early parts in his native country, in such little-seen-abroad films as the 1990 [[Feature~V226492~Cas Sluhu~cassluhu]] and the 1999 [[Feature~V176696~Praha Ocima~prahaocima]]. 2002's [[Feature~V259833~Blade II~bladeii]], however -- produced by Marvel Comics and [[Performer~P242576~Avi Arad~aviarad]] -- finally brought Roden the attention of a wide international audience. He followed it up with a number of additional Hollywood pictures done in a similar genre vein -- usually effects-heavy action or fantasy romps. These included not only the aforementioned [[Feature~V287448~Hellboy~hellboy]], but [[Feature~V131130~Romeo Is Bleeding~romeoisbleeding]] (1994), [[Feature~V288851~The Bourne Supremacy~thebournesupremacy]] (2004), and [[Feature~V310645~Running Scared~runningscared]] (2006). In 2007, he appeared in the comedy [[Feature~V352003~Mr. Bean's Holiday~mrbeansholiday]] as a Russian film director named Emil. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi