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Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski (born 18 August 1933) is a Polish-French film director, producer, writer and actor. Born in Paris to Polish parents, Polanski relocated with his family to Poland in 1937. After surviving the Holocaust, he continued his education in Poland and became a critically acclaimed director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, and in 2002 received the Academy Award for Best Director for his film, The Pianist. He has also been the recipient of two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe and the Palme d'Or. He left Poland in 1961 to live in France for several years, then moved to the United Kingdom where he collaborated with Gérard Brach on three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, immediately cementing his burgeoning directing status with the 1968 groundbreaking Academy Award winning horror film Rosemary's Baby. In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered while staying at the Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles by members of the Manson Family. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not make another film until he filmed Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he traveled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974) for Paramount Pictures, with Robert Evans serving as producer. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success; the script by Robert Towne won for Best Original Screenplay. Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the sexual abuse of a 13 year old girl. He was charged with rape but pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. To avoid sentencing, Polanski fled to his home in London, and then moved on to France the following day. He has had a U.S. arrest warrant outstanding since then, and an international arrest warrant since 2005. Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a World War II-set adaptation of Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman's autobiography of the same name, which echoed some of Polanski's earlier life experiences. Like Szpilman, Polanski escaped the ghetto and the concentration camps while family members were killed. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, and seven French César Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. He then released the successful films Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), and The Ghost Writer (2010), completed while under house arrest. In September 2009, Polanski was arrested by Swiss police, at the request of U.S. authorities, when he traveled to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.In October 2009, the U.S. requested his extradition; however, on July 12, 2010, the Swiss rejected that request and instead declared him a "free man" after releasing him from custody.


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Born:
Aug 18, 1933 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
58
First Appeared:
In the movie The Stalking Moon
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Banker 2014-10-02
Known For
Poster of Seduced and Abandoned
Poster of Knife in the Water
Poster of Innocent Sorcerers
Poster of A Generation
Filmography
Movie The Stalking Moon Fabrice Fournier 2021
Movie Hollywood Banker himself 2014-10-02
Movie Seduced and Abandoned Himself 2013-05-20
Movie Weekend of a Champion Himself 2013-10-09
Movie A Special Day Himself 2012-05-16
Movie Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out Himself (archive footage) 2012-09-09
Movie Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life 2011-07-02
Movie Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Himself 2011-09-27
Movie Cracow by Polanski 2010-06-28
Movie Quiet Chaos Steiner 2008-02-01
Movie Il falso bugiardo 2008-07-03
Movie Bicycle Boy who wants to buy a bicycle 2008-11-22
Movie Rush Hour 3 Det. Revi 2007-08-08
Movie Tess: The Experience Interviewee 2004-09-28
Movie Filming Tess Interviewee 2004-09-28
Movie Tess: From Novel to Screen Interviewee 2004-09-28
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Himself (archive footage) 2002-08-16
Movie Tribute to Alfred Lepetit 2000-02-16
Movie Light Keeps Me Company Himself - Interviewee 2000-08-26
Movie Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective Himself 2000-10-03
Movie Playboy: The Story of X Himself (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie Sex, Lies and Jerzy Kosinski 1995-04-11
Movie Empire of the Censors 1995-05-28
Movie Dead Tired lui-même 1994-05-18
Movie A Pure Formality Inspector 1994-05-15
Movie Back in the USSR Kurilov 1992-02-07
Movie Frantic Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker 1988-02-16
Movie The Evolution of Snuff 1978-11-30
Movie The Tenant Trelkovsky 1976-05-26
Movie Blood for Dracula Gambler 1974-08-13
Movie Chinatown Man with Knife 1974-06-20
Movie Weekend of a Champion 1972-05-31
Movie What? Mosquito 1972-12-07
Movie Ciao, Federico! Self (uncredited) 1970-10-28
Movie Will the Real Mr. Sellers... Self 1969-12-18
Movie The Magic Christian Solitary Drinker 1969-12-12
Movie Mia and Roman Himself 1968-07-09
Movie The New Cinema 1968-01-01
Movie Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage Himself 1967-12-20
Movie The Fearless Vampire Killers Alfred, Assistent des Professors 1967-02-01
Movie Repulsion Spoon Player 1965-06-01
Movie Knife in the Water Young Boy (voice) 1962-03-09
Movie The Fat and the Lean the lean 1961-01-01
Movie Samson 1961-09-11
Movie Beware of Yeti! Driver 1961-01-20
Movie Good Bye, Till Tomorrow Romek 1960-05-25
Movie Innocent Sorcerers Dudzio 1960-12-17
Movie The Lamp A passer-by (uncredited) 1959-01-01
Movie When Angels Fall Old woman 1959-12-31
Movie Lotna muzyk (nie występuje w napisach) 1959-04-01
Movie Two Men and a Wardrobe Bad Boy 1958-04-22
Movie What Will My Wife Say to This? Dancer 1958-09-26
Movie Koniec nocy Mały 1957-12-21
Movie Wraki Romek 1957-09-01
Movie A Generation Mundek 1955-01-26
Movie Trzy starty Basia's Brother 1955-10-25
Movie Magical Bicycle Adas 1955-12-25
Movie Three Stories Genek 'The Little' 1953-04-24