Charismatic Slovak actor: Death a week before birthdays …


The public was remembered by his velvety, deep voice, pensive, and sometimes harsh look and majestic appearance. In theater, on the screen, on television and on the radio, he drew the viewer into his world with a passion with which he was able to capture his characters.

Mikuláš Huba was born on October 19, 1919 in Spišská Nová Ves. He originally went to Bratislava to study law and philosophy. Finally, however, in 1940 he successfully completed his studies at the Academy of Music and Drama with Professor Janek Borodáč.

He became involved in the play of the Slovak National Theater (SND) as a student at the academy. In 1938 and in the following seasons he was one of the busiest actors. He got big roles in a demanding repertoire – for example, the character of Ivo Ledinič in the play Ekvinokcia (1939), Hainon in Sophocles’ Antigone (1940), or the role of Filint in Misanthrope (1940). He also excelled in plays by Slovak playwrights: Adam (Kamenný chodníček, 1939), Janko (Mastný hrniec, 1940), Kozák (Najdúch, 1940), Dr. Hronec (Tea with a Senator, 1940), Bača Mišo (Bač’s Wife, 1941). The director Ján Jamnický, who influenced the personality of his talent, especially took advantage of his acting skills.

Ján Jamnický and Mikuláš Huba

Source: SFI

Mikuláš Huba married his theater colleague, opera singer Mária (Mimi) Kišonová. In 1943, their son Martin was born, who also became an actor.

Even after 1945, Mikuláš Hub managed to shape the statement of his acting generation. He became known as a representative of romantic heroes and characters in the classical repertoire (Romeo and Juliet). The most famous plays from his later period include The Merry Lord of Windsor (1963), Twelve Angry Men (1977), The Moon in the Village (1980), and The Bell Without a Tower (1984). He created a total of 150 characters on SND boards. Thanks to his deep relationship with Slovak poetry, he also became one of the central representatives of the Slovak recitation school.

He first appeared on the screen in the film Martin Frič and Paľo Bielik Varúj …! (1946). However, he was particularly interested in the character of Matúš Svrčina in the legendary work Wolf’s Holes (1948). He starred in Vladimír Bahna’s historical film The Last Bosphorus (1957) and in the detective film Death Comes in the Rain of Andrej Lettrich (1965).

Oľga Zöllnerová and Mikuláš

Source: SFI

During this period, Mikuláš Hub was given more and more space by television production. It is worth mentioning the television adaptation of Kukučín’s novel Mladé letá (Ján Klimo, 1962) or the novel by Milo Urban Živý bič, which was filmed in 1965 by Martin Ťapák. Mikuláš Huba also starred in the television film Ostrich Party (1969), which was directed by his acting colleague Július Pántik.

The three-part film The Buddenbrooks, based on a novel by Thomas Mann (Vido Horňák, 1974), was popular with viewers. Mikuláš Huba also starred in the detective film The Whispering Phantom, directed by Andrej Lettrich (1975). This was followed by the three-part film Louis Pasteur about a well-known French scientist (Igor Ciel, 1977), Poem about conscience (Zoro Záhon, Vladimír Bahna, 1978), Ruy Blas (Igor Ciel, 1979), or a television adaptation of the famous production Twelve Angry Men (Miloš Pietor, 1979).

In the 1980s, Mikuláš Huba performed his acting in the production Rembrandt van Rijn (Miloš Pietor, 1981), in the television sci-fi film The Challenge (Vojtěch Trapl, 1982), or in Otakar Vávra’s The Journey of Jan Amos (1983). , where he created the character of Axel Oxenstiern, the Swedish count, statesman and supporter of Comenius.

Mikuláš Huba and Zdena

Source: Bontonfilm

Mikuláš Huba also starred in the well-known series Lost and Found (1974), The Doctor of the Dying Time (1983), and Insurgent History (1984). His work includes films under the House Under the Mulberry (Marta Gogálová, 1984), Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Ideal Husband (Peter Mikulík, 1985) and the three-part film The Deep Record (Stanislav Párnický, 1985), where he met his son Martin Hub.

Both had different views on politics and acting, which Martin Huba illustrated in the SME daily with a memory of my father: “Right after my first premiere, he told me to decide to study something else that he would still feed me.” In the end, however, the father was proud of his son.

Mikuláš Huba, Viera Richterová and Martin Huba
Mikuláš Huba, Viera Richterová

Source: RTVS

Mikuláš Huba worked as a teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts from 1951 to 1986. He obtained the title of Meritorious (1966) and National Artist (1973). In addition to playing 49 seasons in the SND, he also served as its artistic director in 1953-1959, 1961-63 and 1972-1976.

Mikuláš Huba died on October 12, 1986 in Bratislava on the threshold of his 67th birthday.

Mikuláš Huba

Source: Theater Institute


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