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.



Credits

Untitled Roman Polanski Documentary (2019)
Himself
Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth (2016)
Himself
Hollywood Banker (2014)
himself
Weekend of a Champion (2013)
Himself
Seduced and Abandoned (2013)
Himself
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012)
Himself (archive footage)
A Special Day (2012)
Himself
Remembering 'Rosemary's Baby' (2012)
Himself
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
Himself
Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life (2011)
Bicycle (2008)
Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
Quiet Chaos (2008)
Steiner
Godzina bez slonca (2007)
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Det. Revi
Polanski par Polanski (2006)
Himself
Two Gangsters and an Island (2003)
Himself
A British Horror Film (2003)
Interviewee
The Revenge (2002)
Józef Papkin
Polanski y los ojos del mal (2002)
Himself
Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective (2000)
Himself
Light Keeps Me Company (2000)
Himself - Interviewee
Tribute to Alfred Lepetit (2000)
Playboy: The Story of X (1998)
Himself (archive footage)
Dracula: The True Story (1997)
Himself
Empire of the Censors (1995)
Sex, Lies and Jerzy Kosinski (1995)
Dead Tired (1994)
lui-même
A Pure Formality (1994)
Inspector
Back in the USSR (1992)
Kurilov
En attendant Godot (1989)
Lucky
Frantic (1988)
Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker
Chassé-croisé (1982)
Ciné regards: Tess: Roman Polanski (1979)
Interviewee
The Tenant (1976)
Trelkovsky
Blood for Dracula (1974)
Gambler
Chinatown (1974)
Man with Knife
What? (1972)
Mosquito
Weekend of a Champion (1972)
Polanski Meets Macbeth (1972)
Himself
Ciao, Federico! (1970)
The Magic Christian (1969)
solitary drinker
Mia and Roman (1968)
Himself
The New Cinema (1968)
The Nomad (1967)
Interviewee
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Alfred, the Professor Assistant
Repulsion (1965)
Spoon Player
Grand écran: Roman Polanski Directs in London (1964)
Knife in the Water (1962)
Young Boy (voice)
Samson (1961)
Beware of Yeti! (1961)
Driver
The Fat and the Lean (1961)
the lean
Innocent Sorcerers (1960)
Dudzio
Good Bye, Till Tomorrow (1960)
Romek
When Angels Fall (1959)
Old woman
Swift (1959)
Musician
The Lamp (1959)
A passer-by (uncredited)
What Will My Wife Say to This? (1958)
Dancer
Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)
Bad Boy
Koniec nocy (1957)
Little One
Wraki (1957)
Romek
Magical Bicycle (1955)
Adas
A Generation (1955)
Mundek
Three Stories (1953)
Genek 'The Little'
The Stalking Moon ()
Fabrice Fournier
D. (2019)
Director
D. (2019)
Writer
Based on a True Story (2017)
Director
Based on a True Story (2017)
Screenplay
Captain Jokes Parrot's Disaster of the Caribbean (2017)
Characters
Weekend of a Champion (2013)
Producer
Venus in Fur (2013)
Director
Venus in Fur (2013)
Screenplay
A Therapy (2012)
Director
A Therapy (2012)
Screenplay
Carnage (2011)
Director
Carnage (2011)
Screenplay
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Director
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Producer
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Screenplay
Greed (2009)
Director
Bicycle (2008)
Director
Bicycle (2008)
Writer
To Each His Own Cinema (2007)
Director
Le court des grands (2005)
Director
Tanz Der Vampire: Das Musical (Hamburg) (2005)
Director
Tanz Der Vampire: Das Musical (Hamburg) (2005)
Writer
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
The Tenant (1976)
Director
The Tenant (1976)
Screenplay
Chinatown (1974)
Director
What? (1972)
Director
What? (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
The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
Director
The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
Screenplay
The Boat on the Grass (1971)
Writer
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Director
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Screenplay
The Girl Across the Way (1968)
Writer
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Director
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Screenplay
G.G. Passion (1966)
Co-Producer
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Director
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Author
Repulsion (1965)
Director
Repulsion (1965)
Screenplay
The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964)
Director
The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964)
Writer
A Taste for Women (1964)
Writer
Mammals (1962)
Director
Mammals (1962)
Writer
Knife in the Water (1962)
Director
Knife in the Water (1962)
Screenplay
The Fat and the Lean (1961)
Director
The Fat and the Lean (1961)
Producer
The Fat and the Lean (1961)
Writer
Bad Luck (1960)
Assistant Director
When Angels Fall (1959)
Director
When Angels Fall (1959)
Screenplay
The Lamp (1959)
Director
The Lamp (1959)
Writer
Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)
Director
Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)
Writer
Teeth Smile (1957)
Director
A Murderer (1957)
Director
A Murderer (1957)
Writer
Break Up the Dance (1957)
Director
Break Up the Dance (1957)
Writer