Playwright, novelist, actor, screenwriter and lyricist Zdeněk Svěrák received on 25. March 2015 honorary doctorate and a Gold medal of the University of Hradec Králové (UHK). The university awarded him both awards for contributions to the development of language culture in the Czech society.
For decades Zdeněk Svěrák is one of the most popular public personalities in the Czech Republic, author of more than three hundred lyrics, wrote over thirty movie scripts and co-authored fifteen theatrical pieces, among other works. With his close friend Ladislav Smoljak created a fictional personality Jára Cimrman who won in 2005 a national poll that looked for „The Greatest Czech“ ever, and only the fact that Cimrman is a fictional persona, prevented him from actually winning. Zdeněk Svěrák also founded a charity organization “Paraple” (Umbrella) which focuses on helping paralyzed individuals.
Zdeněk Svěrák is household name in the Czech republic but is also known to the international audience, thanks to awards received for movies that he wrote scripts for, as the “Kolya” (Kolja, 1996) which won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award, “The Elementary School” (Obecná škola, 1991) that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, or the “Dark Blue World” (2001, Tmavomodrý svět) which won the 2001 National Board Review award for Best Foreign Film and the 2002 Love is Folly International Film Festival, to name a few.