Rajmund Polanski

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polanski, a Polish-French film director, producer, writer and actor was born on August 18, 1933 in Paris, France to parents Bula Polanski, a Russian and Ryszard Polanski, a Polish Jew. Polanski attended the National Film School in Łódź, the third-largest city in Poland.

He became a celebrity on Krakow radio, playing tough street kids.  A childhood survivor of the Krakow ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, he began acting as a teen, then went to film school and in the late 1950s began winning international awards for his short films. Several other short films made during his study at Łódź gained him considerable recognition.

Polanski’s first wife is Barbara Lass, a Polish actress. The couple were married in 1959 and divorced in 1961. Polanski 2nd wife is Sharon Tate; they married in London on January 20, 1968. Polanski married Emmanuelle Seigner, a French actress in August 30, 1989. They have two children, daughter Morgane and son Elvis.


He is considered one of the few truly International Filmmakers by having films in Poland, Britain, France and USA. Polanski’s directorial debut was in 1955 with a short film Rower (Bicycle).

With his extraordinary career reveals his genius artistic abilities, which allows him to be as talented to produce films and act into them as to write cases or books.


The following is Directed films of Roman; Zaczarowany rower also as Bicycle (1955), Morderstwo also as A Murderer (1957), Uśmiech zębiczny also as A Toothful Smile (1957), Rozbijemy zabawę also as Break Up the Dance (1957), Dwaj ludzie z szafą also as Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958), Lampa also as The Lamp (1959), Gdy spadają anioły also as When Angels Fall (1959), Le Gros et le maigre also as The Fat and the Lean (1961), Ssaki also as Mammals (1961), Nóż w wodzie also as Knife in the Water (1962), Les plus belles escroqueries du monde also as The Beautiful Swindlers (1964), Repulsion (1965), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, Madam, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971), What? (1973), Chinatown (1974), Le Locataire also as The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979), Pirates (1986), Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999), The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010), Carnage (2011), A Therapy (2012).

His Acting Credits are; Quiet Chaos (2008), Rush Hour 3 (2007), The Revenge (2002), Tribute to Alfred Lepetit (2000), Scene by Scene (1996), A Pure Formality (1994), Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992), En attendant Godot (1989), Frantic (1988), Chassé-croisé (1982), The Tenant (1976), Andy Warhol’s Dracula (1974), Chinatown (1974), What? (1972), the Magic Christian (1969), the Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Repulsion (1965), Knife in the Water, (1962), Samson (1961), the Fat and the Lean (1961), Ostroznie, Yeti! (1961), Niewinni czarodzieje (1960), Zezowate szczescie (1960), Do widzenia, do jutra (1960), Gdy spadaja anioly (1959), The Lamp (1959), Speed (1959), Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958), What Will My Wife Say to This? (1958), Koniec nocy (1957), Wraki (1957), Nikodem Dyzma (1956), A Generation (1955), Rower (1955), Zaczarowany rower (1955), Godzina bez slonca (1955), Trzy opowiesci (1953).