Oliver Mlakar

Oliver Mlakar (born 1 July 1935[1] in Ptuj, Drava Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a Croatian television presenter. Best known for hosting game shows, he was one of the most popular television personalities in SFR Yugoslavia and later Croatia.

Oliver Mlakar
Born (1935-07-01) 1 July 1935 (age 85)
EducationUniversity of Zagreb
OccupationTelevision presenter


Mlakar was born in Ptuj and lived in Osijek from 1945 to 1954.[1] He moved to Zagreb in 1954 to study French and Italian at the University of Zagreb and began working as an announcer for Radio Zagreb in 1957.

Mlakar became a full-time broadcaster for Television Zagreb in 1965, hosting Poziv na kviz with Jasmina Nikić, the first quiz show on Yugoslav television.[2] Directed by Anton Marti, only several episodes were shot.

His most acclaimed work was as a games show host and he became known internationally for hosting Jeux Sans Frontières in the 1970s, and Kviskoteka, a highly popular quiz show that ran from 1980 to 1995. He co-hosted the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest held at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb (former Yugoslavia). Almost a decade later in 1999, Mlakar was still involved with Eurovision, hosting Dora, the Croatian heat of the song contest. From 1993 to 2002, Mlakar hosted Kolo sreće, a Croatian version of Wheel of Fortune. He retired from his job at the Croatian Radiotelevision in 2002.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Biluš, Marina (18 September 2006). "Oliver Mlakar - povratak najomiljenijeg voditelja u najslavnijem hrvatskom kvizu" [Oliver Mlakar - return of the most popular TV host in the most famous Croatian quiz show] (in Croatian). Nacional. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ Dugandžija, Mirjana (30 October 2002). "Oliver Mlakar - Voditeljska zvijezda želi ponovo raditi kvizove" [Oliver Mlakar - star wants to host game shows again]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.

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Preceded by
  Jacques Deschenaux and Lolita Morena
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Helga Vlahović)
Succeeded by
  Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno