My name is Miroslav Rataj and I was born on 2nd September 1943 in Zlín - a city which was later called Gottwaldov - now it is Zlín again.
 
I started to play at the puppet theatre “Dětská radost” in Gottwaldov when I was in the fifth year of the primary school. Then I studied at the secondary technical school in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (graduated in 1961) where I fell in love with theatre in the Tesla national company club - and that’s how it all began - after one year of working as a vacuum technician in Prague I was admitted to the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) (on the first attempt!) and together with my classmates - for example the famous actors Jiří Klem, Oldřich Vlach, Luděk Sobota, Dana Syslová or a former archbishop of the České Budějovice diocese Jiří Paďour - I successfully graduated  and entered the world of theatre. I spent 11 years in the Amateur Studio of Oldřich Stibor State Theatre in Olomouc, 2 years at the Regional Theatre in Příbram, 6 years in Plzeň, 3 years in Hradec Králové, 3 years back in Olomouc - until the Velvet Revolution started. 
 
Then, in 1991, I have joined the State Theatre in Ostrava (now the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre) and I have stayed here till today. The role of Dr. Chapman in Cash on Delivery was my 200th in total. 

Outside the theatre I have played several minor roles in movies and TV, where I also did some commentaries and I have really enjoyed working for Czech Radio in Ostrava.
 
Although I have already been a working pensioner for several years, I still would like to stay and play at the theatre and I hope my health will allow me to.
Cast - Season:
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
INSPECTOR
MASKERADE
A YEAR IN A VILLAGEChocholáč
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
MASKERADE
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
MASKERADE
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
SPANISH FLY
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
SPANISH FLY
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTMERRIMAN
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
DOCTOR FAUSTUS
QUO VADIS
SPANISH FLY
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTMERRIMAN
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
DOCTOR FAUSTUS
MACBETH
PUBLIC PLEASURE OR BOARD HOMESTEAD
QUO VADIS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTMERRIMAN
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
BALLAD FOR BANDIT
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
INVITATION TO THE CASTLE
MACBETH
PYGMALION
QUO VADIS
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTMERRIMAN
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
AN IDEAL HUSBANDMason, majordom u Chilternových, Phipps, Goringův komorník
BALLAD FOR BANDIT
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
GOTTLANDTomáš Baťa, Otakar Švec
PYGMALION
THE CHIOGGIA SCUFFLES (Poprask na laguně)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTMERRIMAN
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
AMADEUSBaron Gottfried van Swieten
AN IDEAL HUSBANDMason, majordom u Chilternových, Phipps, Goringův komorník
BALLAD FOR BANDIT
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
COMIC POTENTIALLecter Trainsmith
END OF CARNIVAL
GOTTLANDTomáš Baťa, Otakar Švec
MARAT/SADE
PYGMALION
AMADEUSBaron Gottfried van Swieten
AN IDEAL HUSBANDMason, majordom u Chilternových, Phipps, Goringův komorník
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
COMIC POTENTIALLecter Trainsmith
END OF CARNIVAL
GOTTLANDTomáš Baťa, Otakar Švec
AMADEUSBaron Gottfried van Swieten
AN IDEAL HUSBANDMason, majordom u Chilternových; Phipps, Goringův komorník
CASH ON DELIVERYDr. Chapman
Photos - Season:
A YEAR IN A VILLAGE
Tomáš Jirman (Chairman), Pavel Liška (Stéskal), Josef Novák-Wajda (Hrabálek), Miroslav Rataj (Chocholáč), Stanislav Šárský (Parson), František Večeřa (Krištof), Renáta Klemensová (Chairman´s wife)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
A YEAR IN A VILLAGE
Pavel Liška (Stéskal), Josef Novák-Wajda (Hrabálek), Miroslav Rataj (Chocholáč), Stanislav Šárský (Parson)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
MASKERADE
Miroslav Rataj, Ivan Dejmal, Jan Fišar, Lada Bělašková
Photo by: Martin Kusyn
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Miroslav Rataj, Petr Houska
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
QUO VADIS
Miroslav Rataj, David Janošek, Lucie Končoková
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
QUO VADIS
David Janošek, Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
DOCTOR FAUSTUS
Miroslav Rataj, František Strnad
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
INVITATION TO THE CASTLE
Miroslav Rataj, Andrea Mohylová, Veronika Lazorčáková
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
MACBETH
Petr Houska, Ivan Dejmal, Miroslav Rataj, David Viktora, Robert Finta
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
MACBETH
Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
QUO VADIS
Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
Jan Fišar, Miroslav Rataj, Ondřej Brett, Vladimír Polák, Karel Čepek
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
Ondřej Brett, Karel Čepek, Vladimír Polák, Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
Miroslav Rataj, Ondřej Brett, Vladimír Polák, Karel Čepek, Igor Orozovič
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
DER SCHWARZE SCHWAN (The Black Swan)
Miroslav Rataj, Ondřej Brett, František Strnad, Petra Lorencová, Igor Orozovič, Vladimír Polák
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Miroslav Rataj (MERRIMAN), Petra Lorencová, Andrea Mohylová
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
PYGMALION
Anna Cónová, Miroslav Rataj, Lada Bělašková, David Viktora
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
COMIC POTENTIAL
František Večeřa, Miroslav Rataj (Lecter Trainsmith)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
COMIC POTENTIAL
Pavlína Kafková (Carla Peperbloom), Miroslav Rataj (Lecter Trainsmith), František Večeřa
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
END OF CARNIVAL
Tomáš Jirman, Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
END OF CARNIVAL
Tomáš Jirman, Vladimír Čapka, Petr Houska, Miroslav Rataj
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
GOTTLAND
Děkovačka první premiéry

Anna Cónová (Magda Goebbelsová, Mahulena Procházková, Helena Vondráčková after the revolution), Pavel Liška (Joseph Goebbels, Zápotocký, Suicide), Jiří Sedláček (Jiří Korn, Nejedlý), Alexandra Gasnárková (Lída Baarová after the revolution, Nataša Gollová, Vlasta Švecová, Ljuba Hermanová), František Večeřa (Schmidt, Hendrych, Grave digger), Lukáš Adam, David Viktora (Karel Gott, Kopecký), Petr Houska (The normalization show man, The German), Vladimír Čapka (Otakar Vávra, Milouš Jakeš), Marie Logojdová (Marta Kubišová after the revolution, Prodavačka u Bati, Adina Mandlová), Miroslav Rataj (Tomáš Baťa, Otakar Švec), Daniela Kupčíková (Helena Vondráčková, Marie Baťová, Lenka Procházková), Gabriela Mikulková (Lída Baarová, Marta Kubišová)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
AMADEUS
Jan Fišar (Antonio Salieri), Igor Orozovič (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Petr Sýkora (První Venticelli), Petr Houska (Josef II., rakouský císař), Vladimír Čapka, František Strnad (Hrabě Franz Orsini - Rosenberg), Miroslav Rataj (Baron Gottfried van Swieten)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
CASH ON DELIVERY
Miroslav Rataj (Dr. Chapman), Pavlína Kafková (Linda Swanová)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný
CASH ON DELIVERY
Miroslav Rataj (Dr. Chapman), Robert Urban (Pan Jenkins), Jiří Sedláček (Norman Bassett), Vladimír Polák (Eric Swan), Pavlína Kafková (Linda Swanová)
Photo by: Radovan Šťastný