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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:
50
First Appeared:
In the movie The Stalking Moon
Latest Project:
Movie Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth 2016-05-01
Known For
Poster of Weekend of a Champion
Poster of Polanski par Polanski
Poster of Two Gangsters and an Island
Poster of Two Men and a Wardrobe
Filmography
Movie The Stalking Moon Fabrice Fournier 2018
Movie Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth Himself 2016-05-01
Movie Hollywood Banker himself 2014-10-02
Movie Weekend of a Champion 2013-10-09
Movie Seduced and Abandoned Himself 2013-05-20
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 Quiet Chaos Steiner 2008-02-01
Movie Rush Hour 3 Det. Revi 2007-08-08
Movie Polanski par Polanski Himself 2006-12-03
Movie Two Gangsters and an Island Himself 2003-08-25
Movie The Revenge Józef Papkin 2002-10-04
Movie Tribute to Alfred Lepetit 2000-02-16
Movie Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective Himself 2000-10-03
Movie Light Keeps Me Company Himself - Interviewee 2000-08-26
Movie Playboy: The Story of X Himself (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Empire of the Censors 1995-05-28
Movie A Pure Formality Inspector 1994-05-15
Movie Dead Tired lui-même 1994-05-18
Movie Back in the USSR Kurilov 1992-02-07
Movie Frantic Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker 1988-02-16
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie The Tenant Trelkovsky 1976-05-26
Movie Blood for Dracula Gambler 1974-08-13
Movie Chinatown Man with Knife 1974-06-20
Movie What? Mosquito 1972-12-07
Movie Polanski Meets Macbeth Himself 1972-01-01
Movie Weekend of a Champion 1972-05-31
Movie Ciao, Federico! 1970-01-01
Movie The Magic Christian solitary drinker 1969-12-12
Movie The New Cinema 1968-01-01
Movie Mia and Roman Himself 1968-01-01
Movie The Fearless Vampire Killers Alfred, the Professor Assistant 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 Beware of Yeti! Driver 1961-01-20
Movie Samson 1961-09-11
Movie Innocent Sorcerers Dudzio 1960-12-17
Movie Good Bye, Till Tomorrow Romek 1960-05-24
Movie The Lamp A passer-by (uncredited) 1959-01-01
Movie When Angels Fall Old woman 1959-12-31
Movie Swift Musician 1959-04-01
Movie Two Men and a Wardrobe Bad Boy 1958-04-01
Movie Wraki Romek 1957-09-01
Movie Koniec nocy Little One 1957-12-21
Movie Magical Bicycle Adas 1955-12-25
Movie A Generation Mundek 1955-01-26