Columba’s voice died away forever: Dalimil Klapka dies († 89)

Master dubbing Dalimila Klapku many associate with the all-around detective Columbo or the animated grandfather Abrham Simpson. Although people perceive him primarily as a great dabber, Dalimil Klapka in the past tended to act itself. He graduated from DAMU and was in a long-term engagement at the Švand Theater in Prague.

He then taught acting at the Prague Conservatory. But his characteristic voice was created for the world of dubbing. He has narrated countless serial and film characters, and computer game lovers can also remember him as a mob veteran from the successful Czech Mafia series.

Unfortunately, towards the end of his life, he began to suffer from health problems. In 2019, he injured his shoulder after flying off a bus seat, and the pain dragged on with him for a long time. “My legs are already bad for me. No operation would help me anymore. “ quotes the actor and dabber diary Blesk. Recently, he was treated again for fractures of the arm and leg, and the last drop was diagnosed with cancer.

Dalimil Klapa at the funeral Svatopluk Matyáš

“I underwent two surgeries and three hospital stays that ended in radiation. We will see,” stated then. But the radiation changed his famous voice forever. It was difficult to return to dubbing, which he had to come to terms with. “You don’t have anything else left either.” he sighed. In the end, Dalimil Klapka succumbed to a serious illness in the Motolna Long-Term Illness Hospital in the late nineties.

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