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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 103

Birthday 1933-08-18

Place of Birth Paris, France

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Also Known As

  • Roman Polański
  • Roman Polanski
  • 로만 폴란스키

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Stalking Moon as Fabrice Fournier
2019 Polanski, Horowitz. The Wizards from the Ghetto as Himself
2018 In The Tracks Of - Alexandre Desplat as Himself
2016 Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth as Himself
2014 Hollywood Banker as himself
2013 Weekend of a Champion as Himself
2013 Seduced and Abandoned as Himself
2012 Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out as Himself (archive footage)
2012 A Special Day as Himself
2012 Remembering 'Rosemary's Baby' as Himself
2011 Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir as Himself
2011 Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life
2008 Bicycle as Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
2008 Quiet Chaos as Steiner
2007 Godzina bez slonca
2007 Rush Hour 3 as Det. Revi
2006 Polanski par Polanski as Himself
2003 Two Gangsters and an Island as Himself
2003 A British Horror Film as Interviewee
2002 The Revenge as Józef Papkin
2002 Polanski y los ojos del mal as Himself
2000 Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective as Himself
2000 Light Keeps Me Company as Himself - Interviewee
2000 Tribute to Alfred Lepetit
1998 Playboy: The Story of X as Himself (archive footage)
1997 Dracula: The True Story as Himself
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1995 Empire of the Censors
1995 Sex, Lies and Jerzy Kosinski
1994 Dead Tired as lui-même
1994 A Pure Formality as Inspector
1992 Back in the USSR as Kurilov
1989 En attendant Godot as Lucky
1988 Frantic as Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker
1982 Na sowas!(1 episode)
1982 Chassé-croisé
1981 Wanna bet, that..?(1 episode)
1979 Ciné regards: Tess: Roman Polanski as Interviewee
1978 The Evolution of Snuff
1976 The Tenant as Trelkovsky
1974 Blood for Dracula as Gambler
1974 Chinatown as Man with Knife
1972 What? as Mosquito
1972 Weekend of a Champion
1972 Polanski Meets Macbeth as Himself
1970 Ciao, Federico!
1969 The Magic Christian as solitary drinker
1968 Mia and Roman as Himself
1968 The New Cinema
1967 Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage as Himself
1967 The Nomad as Interviewee
1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers as Alfred, the Professor Assistant
1965 Repulsion as Spoon Player
1964 Grand écran: Roman Polanski Directs in London
1962 Knife in the Water as Young Boy (voice)
1961 Samson
1961 Beware of Yeti! as Driver
1961 The Fat and the Lean as the lean
1960 Innocent Sorcerers as Dudzio
1960 Good Bye, Till Tomorrow as Romek
1959 When Angels Fall as Old woman
1959 Swift as Musician
1959 The Lamp as A passer-by (uncredited)
1958 What Will My Wife Say to This? as Dancer
1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe as Bad Boy
1957 Koniec nocy as Little One
1957 Wraki as Romek
1955 Magical Bicycle as Adas
1955 A Generation as Mundek
1953 Three Stories as Genek 'The Little'

Directing

2019 The Dreyfus AffairDirector
2017 Based on a True StoryDirector
2013 Venus in FurDirector
2012 A TherapyDirector
2011 CarnageDirector
2010 The Ghost WriterDirector
2009 GreedDirector
2008 BicycleDirector
2007 To Each His Own CinemaDirector
2005 Le court des grandsDirector
2005 Oliver TwistDirector
2002 The PianistDirector
1999 The Ninth GateDirector
1994 Death and the MaidenDirector
1992 Bitter MoonDirector
1991 The King of AdsDirector
1988 FranticDirector
1986 PiratesDirector
1979 TessDirector
1976 The TenantDirector
1974 ChinatownDirector
1972 What?Director
1972 Weekend of a ChampionDirector
1971 MacbethDirector
1968 Rosemary's BabyDirector
1967 The Fearless Vampire KillersDirector
1966 Cul-de-sacDirector
1965 RepulsionDirector
1964 The World's Most Beautiful SwindlersDirector
1962 MammalsDirector
1962 Knife in the WaterDirector
1961 The Fat and the LeanDirector
1960 Bad LuckAssistant Director
1959 When Angels FallDirector
1959 The LampDirector
1958 Two Men and a WardrobeDirector
1957 Teeth SmileDirector
1957 Break Up the DanceDirector
1957 A MurdererDirector

Writing

2019 The Dreyfus AffairWriter
2017 Based on a True StoryScreenplay
2017 Captain Jokes Parrot's Disaster of the CaribbeanCharacters
2013 Venus in FurScreenplay
2012 A TherapyScreenplay
2011 CarnageScreenplay
2010 The Ghost WriterScreenplay
2008 BicycleWriter
1999 The Ninth GateScreenplay
1992 Bitter MoonScreenplay
1988 FranticScreenplay
1986 PiratesScreenplay
1979 TessScreenplay
1976 The TenantScreenplay
1972 What?Screenplay
1972 A Day at the BeachWriter
1971 MacbethScreenplay
1971 The Boat on the GrassWriter
1968 Rosemary's BabyScreenplay
1968 The Girl Across the WayWriter
1967 The Fearless Vampire KillersScreenplay
1966 Cul-de-sacAuthor
1965 RepulsionScreenplay
1964 The World's Most Beautiful SwindlersWriter
1964 A Taste for WomenWriter
1962 MammalsWriter
1962 Knife in the WaterScreenplay
1961 The Fat and the LeanWriter
1959 When Angels FallScreenplay
1959 The LampWriter
1958 Two Men and a WardrobeWriter
1957 A MurdererWriter
1957 Break Up the DanceWriter

Production

2013 Weekend of a ChampionProducer
2010 The Ghost WriterProducer
2005 Oliver TwistProducer
2002 The PianistProducer
1999 The Ninth GateProducer
1999 CastelnuovoProducer
1992 Bitter MoonProducer
1972 Weekend of a ChampionProducer
1972 A Day at the BeachProducer
1966 G.G. PassionCo-Producer
1961 The Fat and the LeanProducer

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