BirthdayAugust 18, 1933
BirthplaceParis, France

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Roman Polanski

    Full name: Roman Polanski
    Also known as: Polanski, Roman, Roman Polanski
    Education: National Film School in ?ód?
    Professions: Film director, producer, writer, actor
    Residence: France
    Work: Roman Polanski's official Web page
    Occupation: Actor, director, producer, screenwriter

  2. Roman Polanski Measurements

    Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)

  3. Roman Polanski Known for

    The Pianist (2002), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), The Ghost Writer (2010)

  4. Roman Polanski Biography

    Roman Polanski (born Rajmund Roman Thierry Pola?ski; 18 August 1933) is a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers." Polanski's films have inspired diverse directors, including the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Park Chan-wook, Abel Ferrara, and Wes Craven.Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland (Second Polish Republic) in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Holocaust and was educated in Poland (People's Republic of Poland) and became a 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 a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8½. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, and cemented his status by directing the horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968) for which Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until 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 travelled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success. 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 rape of a 13-year-old girl and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor. To avoid sentencing, Polanski fled to his home in London, eventually settling in France. More than 32 years later, in September 2009, he was temporarily arrested by Swiss police at the request of U.S. authorities, who unsuccessfully asked for his extradition. During an interview for a later film documentary, he offered his apology to the woman, and later said that he had regretted that episode for the last 33 years.Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a WWII true story drama about Jewish-Polish musician W?adys?aw Szpilman. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also

  5. Roman Polanski Family

    Spouse: Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass, Sharon Tate, Emmanuelle Seigner

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