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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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Aug 18, 1933 In Paris, France
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First Appeared:
In the movie Three Stories 1953-04-24
Latest Project:
Movie In The Tracks Of - Alexandre Desplat 2020-08-13
Known For
Movie In The Tracks Of - Alexandre Desplat Himself 2020-08-13
Movie Helter Skelter: An American Myth Himself (archive footage) 2020-07-26
Movie An Officer and a Spy A Listener at a Concert (uncredited) 2019-09-30
Movie Toil And Trouble: Making Macbeth Himself 2014-09-23
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 On the Trail of the New Wave 2009-03-14
Movie Memories of a Young Pianist Man in Tavern (archive footage) 2009-11-03
Movie Quiet Chaos Steiner 2008-02-01
Movie Il falso bugiardo 2008-07-03
Movie Rush Hour 3 Det. Revi 2007-08-08
Movie Filming Tess Interviewee 2004-09-28
Movie Tess: The Experience Interviewee 2004-09-28
Movie The Making of 'The Pianist' Himself 2003-01-07
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Himself (archive footage) 2002-08-16
Movie The Revenge Józef Papkin 2002-10-04
Movie Light Keeps Me Company Himself - Interviewee 2000-08-26
Movie Sex, Lies and Jerzy Kosinski 1995-04-11
Movie Dead Tired Roman Polanski 1994-05-18
Movie Back in the USSR Kurilov 1992-02-07
Movie Frantic Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker (uncred 1988-02-16
Movie Chassé-croisé 1982-03-24
Movie The Evolution of Snuff 1978-11-30
Movie The Tenant Trelkovsky 1976-05-26
Movie Chinatown Man with Knife 1974-06-20
Movie What? Mosquito 1972-12-07
Movie Ciao, Federico! Self (uncredited) 1970-10-28
Movie The Magic Christian Solitary Drinker 1969-12-12
Movie The New Cinema 1968-01-01
Movie The Fearless Vampire Killers Alfred 1967-02-01
Movie Repulsion Spoon Player 1965-06-01
Movie Grand écran: Roman Polanski Directs in London 1964-10-24
Movie Knife in the Water Young Boy (voice) 1962-03-09
Movie Samson 1961-09-11
Movie Good Bye, Till Tomorrow Romek 1960-05-25
Movie Innocent Sorcerers Dudzio 1960-12-17
Movie Two Men and a Wardrobe Bad Boy 1958-04-22
Movie Wraki Romek 1957-09-01
Movie Magical Bicycle Adas 1955-12-25
Movie A Generation Mundek 1955-01-26
Movie Three Stories Genek 'The Little' 1953-04-24