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Roman Polanski

Film Director / Actor / Film Producer / Screenwriter / Writer / Character Actor / Theatre Director | * 08/18/1933 (86) | Paris, France
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Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Since 1978, he has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system, having fled the country while awaiting sentencing in his sexual abuse case, in which he pleaded guilty to statutory rape. Polanski was born in Paris, and his Polish-Jewish parents moved the family back to Poland in 1936. Three years later, Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany starting World War II and the Polanskis found themselves trapped in the Kraków Ghetto. After his mother and father were taken in raids, Polanski spent his formative years in foster homes under an adopted identity, trying to survive the Holocaust.Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), was made in Poland and was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two BAFTAs, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968,... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Roman Polanski

Commandeur Des Arts Et Des Lettres‎ César Award for Best Director Golden Medal for Merit To Culture Silver Bear for Best Director Academy Award for Best Director Commander of The Legion of Honour Medal for Merit To Culture Academy Awards 3x Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Best Picture

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Movies with Roman Polanski as Actor(67)

as Fabrice Fournier2019 The Stalking Moon
as himself2014 Hollywood Banker
as himself2013 Seduced and Abandoned
as himself2013 Weekend of a Champion
as Himself (archive footage)2012 Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out
as himself2012 A Special Day
as Steiner2008 Quiet Chaos
as Boy who wants to buy a bicycle2008 Bicycle
as Det. Revi2007 Rush Hour 3
as himself2006 Polanski par Polanski
as Interviewee2004 Tess: The Experience
as Interviewee2004 Filming Tess
as Interviewee2004 Tess: From Novel to Screen
as Interviewee2003 A British Horror Film
as Himself (archive footage)2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture
as Józef Papkin2002 The Revenge
as Himself - Interviewee2000 Light Keeps Me Company
as Himself (archive footage)1998 Playboy: The Story of X
as Inspector1994 A Pure Formality
as lui-même1994 Dead Tired
as Kurilov1992 Back in the USSR
as Lucky1989 En attendant Godot
as Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker1988 Frantic
as Trelkovsky1976 The Tenant
as Gambler1974 Blood for Dracula
as Man with Knife1974 Chinatown
as Mosquito1972 What?
as himself1972 Polanski Meets Macbeth
as solitary drinker1969 The Magic Christian
as himself1968 Mia and Roman
as Alfred, Assistent des Professors1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers
as Spoon Player1965 Repulsion
as Young Boy (voice)1962 Knife in the Water
as Driver1961 Beware of Yeti!
1961 Samson
as the lean1961 The Fat and the Lean
as Dudzio1960 Innocent Sorcerers
as A passer-by (uncredited)1959 The Lamp
as muzyk (nie występuje w napisach)1959 Lotna
as Old woman1959 When Angels Fall
as Bad Boy1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe
as Romek1957 Wraki
as Mały1957 Koniec nocy
as Mundek1955 A Generation
as Adas1955 Magical Bicycle
as Genek 'The Little'1953 Three Stories

TV Shows/Series with Roman Polanski as Actor(3)

Movies with Roman Polanski as Crew(83)

Directing/Director2019 An Officer and a Spy
Writing/Writer2019 An Officer and a Spy
Directing/Director2017 Based on a True Story
Writing/Screenplay2017 Based on a True Story
Directing/Director2013 Venus in Fur
Writing/Screenplay2013 Venus in Fur
Production/Producer2013 Weekend of a Champion
Directing/Director2012 A Therapy
Writing/Screenplay2012 A Therapy
Directing/Director2011 Carnage
Writing/Screenplay2011 Carnage
Directing/Director2010 The Ghost Writer
Writing/Screenplay2010 The Ghost Writer
Production/Producer2010 The Ghost Writer
Directing/Director2009 Greed
Directing/Director2008 Bicycle
Writing/Writer2008 Bicycle
Directing/Director2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Directing/Director2005 Oliver Twist
Production/Producer2005 Oliver Twist
Directing/Director2002 The Pianist
Production/Producer2002 The Pianist
Directing/Director1999 The Ninth Gate
Writing/Screenplay1999 The Ninth Gate
Production/Producer1999 The Ninth Gate
Production/Producer1999 Castelnuovo
Directing/Director1994 Death and the Maiden
Directing/Director1992 Bitter Moon
Writing/Screenplay1992 Bitter Moon
Production/Producer1992 Bitter Moon
Directing/Director1991 The King of Ads
Directing/Director1988 Frantic
Writing/Screenplay1988 Frantic
Directing/Director1986 Pirates
Writing/Screenplay1986 Pirates
Directing/Director1979 Tess
Writing/Screenplay1979 Tess
Directing/Director1976 The Tenant
Writing/Screenplay1976 The Tenant
Directing/Director1974 Chinatown
Directing/Director1972 What?
Writing/Screenplay1972 What?
Production/Producer1972 Weekend of a Champion
Writing/Writer1972 A Day at the Beach
Production/Producer1972 A Day at the Beach
Writing/Writer1971 The Boat on the Grass
Directing/Director1971 Macbeth
Writing/Screenplay1971 Macbeth
Directing/Director1968 Rosemary's Baby
Writing/Screenplay1968 Rosemary's Baby
Writing/Writer1968 The Girl Across the Way
Directing/Director1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers
Writing/Screenplay1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers
Production/Co-Producer1966 G.G. Passion
Directing/Director1966 Cul-de-sac
Writing/Author1966 Cul-de-sac
Directing/Director1965 Repulsion
Writing/Screenplay1965 Repulsion
Writing/Writer1964 A Taste for Women
Writing/Screenplay1962 Knife in the Water
Directing/Director1962 Knife in the Water
Directing/Director1962 Mammals
Writing/Writer1962 Mammals
Directing/Director1961 The Fat and the Lean
Writing/Writer1961 The Fat and the Lean
Production/Producer1961 The Fat and the Lean
Directing/Assistant Director1960 Bad Luck
Directing/Director1959 The Lamp
Writing/Writer1959 The Lamp
Directing/Director1959 When Angels Fall
Writing/Screenplay1959 When Angels Fall
Directing/Director1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe
Writing/Writer1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe
Directing/Director1957 A Murderer
Writing/Writer1957 A Murderer
Directing/Director1957 A Toothful Smile
Writing/Screenplay1957 A Toothful Smile
Directing/Director1957 Break Up the Dance
Writing/Writer1957 Break Up the Dance

Citizenship: France, Poland
Born: Friday, 08/18 1933 (August) in Paris (current age: 86 years + 31 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN), French (FR)
Educated at: National Film School in Łódź
Member of: Académie des Beaux-Arts
Children: Morgane Polanski, Elvis Polanski
Father: Ryszard Polański
Other names for Roman Polanski (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Roman Polański"
"로만 폴란스키"
"Роман Поляньскі"
"Ρόμαν Πολάνσκι"
"Romek" (Pseudonym)
Roman Polanski frequently works together with these people:
Gérard Brach (16x, Crew)
Hervé de Luze (13x, Crew)
Krzysztof Komeda (13x, Crew)
Pawel Edelman (11x, Crew)
Andrzej Wajda (10x, Crew)
Emmanuelle Seigner (9x, Actress)
Didier Lavergne (8x, Crew)
Gene Gutowski (8x, Crew)
Gideon Bachmann (7x, Crew)
Mike Krüger (3x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1155, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 09/15/2019