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Jan Triska, actor in "Ragtime," dies after Prague bridge fall

Jan Triska was known for roles in movies like "Ragtime" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt."

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PRAGUE -- Jan Triska has died in his home country more than a day after falling from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge. The actor, known for movies like "Ronan" and "Lunacy," was 80. Triska moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime.

Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death Monday. Triska died in Prague's military hospital overnight due to injuries from Saturday's fall, the circumstances of which are unclear.

Triska emigrated in 1977 after signing a human rights manifesto inspired by his close friend, dissident playwright Vaclav Havel.

He settled in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens of movies, including "Ragtime" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" by his fellow Czech Milos Forman.

After the anti-Communist 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Triska regularly returned home to play in movies and theaters, including a leading role in "The Elementary School," nominated for an Academy Award.