Roman Polanski

Birthday:

08/18/1933

Place of birth:

Paris, France:

Biography:

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.


Film Credits

Polanski, Horowitz. Czarodzieje z Getta (2019)
as Himself
Bandes Originales: Alexandre Desplat (2018)
as Himself
Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth (2016)
as Himself
Henri Langlois vu par... (2014)
as Himself
Weekend of a Champion (2013)
as Himself
Seduced and Abandoned (2013)
as Himself
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012)
as Himself (archive footage)
Une Journée particulière (2012)
as Himself
Remembering 'Rosemary's Baby' (2012)
as Himself
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
as Himself
Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life (2011)
as
Cracow by Polanski (2010)
as
Memories of a Young Pianist (2009)
as Man in Tavern (archive footage)
Rower (2008)
as Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
Il falso bugiardo (2008)
as
Caos Calmo (2008)
as Steiner
Godzina bez slonca (2007)
as
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
as Det. Revi
Polanski par Polanski (2006)
as Himself
Filming Tess (2004)
as Interviewee
Tess: From Novel to Screen (2004)
as Interviewee
Tess: The Experience (2004)
as Interviewee
Two Gangsters and an Island (2003)
as Himself
A British Horror Film (2003)
as Interviewee
Zemsta (2002)
as Józef Papkin
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
as Himself (archive footage)
Polanski y los ojos del mal (2002)
as Himself
Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective (2000)
as Himself
Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000)
as Himself - Interviewee
Hommage à Alfred Lepetit (2000)
as
The Ten Commandments of Creativity (2000)
as Himself
Playboy: The Story of X (1998)
as Himself (archive footage)
Dracula: The True Story (1997)
as Himself
Empire of the Censors (1995)
as
Sex, Lies and Jerzy Kosinski (1995)
as
Grosse fatigue (1994)
as lui-même
Una pura formalità (1994)
as Inspector
Back in the USSR (1992)
as Kurilov
En attendant Godot (1989)
as Lucky
Frantic (1988)
as Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker
Chassé-croisé (1982)
as
The South Bank Show: Roman Polanski (1980)
as
Ciné regards: Tess: Roman Polanski (1979)
as Interviewee
The Evolution of Snuff (1978)
as
Le locataire (1976)
as Trelkovsky
Blood for Dracula (1974)
as Gambler
Chinatown (1974)
as Man with Knife
Che? (1972)
as Mosquito
Weekend of a Champion (1972)
as
Polanski Meets Macbeth (1972)
as Himself
Ciao, Federico! (1970)
as Himself
Will the Real Mr. Sellers Please Stand Up? (1969)
as Self
The Magic Christian (1969)
as Solitary Drinker
Mia and Roman (1968)
as Himself
The New Cinema (1968)
as
Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage (1967)
as Himself
The Nomad (1967)
as Interviewee
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
as Alfred, Assistent des Professors
Repulsion (1965)
as Spoon Player
Grand écran: Roman Polanski dirige à Londres (1964)
as
Nóz w wodzie (1962)
as Young Boy (voice)
Samson (1961)
as
Ostroznie, Yeti! (1961)
as Driver
Le gros et le maigre (1961)
as the lean
Niewinni czarodzieje (1960)
as Dudzio
Do widzenia, do jutra (1960)
as Romek
Gdy spadaja anioly (1959)
as Old woman
Lotna (1959)
as muzyk (nie występuje w napisach)
Lampa (1959)
as A passer-by (uncredited)
Co řekne žena? (1958)
as Dancer
Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958)
as Bad Boy
Koniec nocy (1957)
as Mały
Wraki (1957)
as Romek
Zaczarowany rower (1955)
as Adas
Trzy starty (1955)
as Basia's Brother
Pokolenie (1955)
as Mundek
Trzy opowieści (1953)
as Genek 'The Little'
The Stalking Moon ()
as Fabrice Fournier

Production Credits

J’accuse (2019)
Director
J’accuse (2019)
Writer
D'après une histoire vraie (2017)
Director
D'après une histoire vraie (2017)
Screenplay
Captain Jokes Parrot's Disaster of the Caribbean (2017)
Characters
Henri Langlois vu par... (2014)
Director
Weekend of a Champion (2013)
Producer
La Vénus à la fourrure (2013)
Director
La Vénus à la fourrure (2013)
Screenplay
A Therapy (2012)
Director
A Therapy (2012)
Screenplay
Carnage (2011)
Director
Carnage (2011)
Screenplay
Cracow by Polanski (2010)
Idea
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Director
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Producer
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Screenplay
Rower (2008)
Director
Rower (2008)
Writer
Chacun son cinema ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumiere s'eteint et que le film commence (2007)
Director
Le court des grands (2005)
Director
Oliver Twist (2005)
Director
Oliver Twist (2005)
Producer
The Pianist (2002)
Director
The Pianist (2002)
Producer
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Director
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Producer
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Screenplay
Castelnuovo (1999)
Producer
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Director
Bitter Moon (1992)
Director
Bitter Moon (1992)
Producer
Bitter Moon (1992)
Screenplay
The King of Ads (1991)
Director
Frantic (1988)
Director
Frantic (1988)
Screenplay
Pirates (1986)
Director
Pirates (1986)
Screenplay
Tess (1979)
Director
Tess (1979)
Screenplay
Le locataire (1976)
Director
Le locataire (1976)
Screenplay
Chinatown (1974)
Director
Che? (1972)
Director
Che? (1972)
Screenplay
Weekend of a Champion (1972)
Director
Weekend of a Champion (1972)
Producer
A Day at the Beach (1972)
Producer
A Day at the Beach (1972)
Writer
Macbeth (1971)
Director
Macbeth (1971)
Screenplay
Le bateau sur l'herbe (1971)
Writer
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Director
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Screenplay
La fille d'en face (1968)
Writer
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Director
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Screenplay
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Story
G.G. Passion (1966)
Co-Producer
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Director
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Author
Repulsion (1965)
Director
Repulsion (1965)
Screenplay
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964)
Director
Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (1964)
Writer
Aimez-vous les femmes ? (1964)
Writer
Ssaki (1962)
Director
Ssaki (1962)
Writer
Nóz w wodzie (1962)
Director
Nóz w wodzie (1962)
Screenplay
Le gros et le maigre (1961)
Director
Le gros et le maigre (1961)
Producer
Le gros et le maigre (1961)
Writer
Zezowate szczęście (1960)
Assistant Director
Gdy spadaja anioly (1959)
Director
Gdy spadaja anioly (1959)
Screenplay
Lampa (1959)
Director
Lampa (1959)
Writer
Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958)
Director
Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958)
Writer
Usmiech zebiczny (1957)
Director
Usmiech zebiczny (1957)
Screenplay
Morderstwo (1957)
Director
Morderstwo (1957)
Writer
Rozbijemy zabawę (1957)
Director
Rozbijemy zabawę (1957)
Writer