Ivan Jandl

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Ivan Jandl
from the trailer for The Search (1948)
Born 24 January 1937
Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic)
Died 21 November 1987 (aged 50)
Prague, Czech Republic

Ivan Jandl (24 January 1937 – 21 November 1987) was a Czech child actor.

He appeared in the 1948 film The Search as a nine-year-old Czech boy who had survived Auschwitz and was searching for his mother in post-war Germany. The movie was filmed on location. The boy spoke no English and had to learn his lines phonetically. He was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award for his work, but was not permitted to travel to the USA to accept it. He appeared in some Czech films in 1949 and 1950, then left acting to continue his studies. He tried unsuccessfully to continue his acting career in his late teens, and eventually found work in radio.[citation needed]


He died from complications of diabetes in Prague in 1987, aged 50.


Year Film Role Other notes
1948 The Search Karel Malik Winner, Academy Juvenile Award
Winner, Golden Globe Award for Best Juvenile Actor
1949 Zelená knízka Jarka Czech film
Varúj! Czech film

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