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Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began. On Germany's invasion in... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 80 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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The Pianist
The Pianist Director
Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby Director
Chinatown Man with Knife
The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer Director


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  The Stalking Moon (pre-production)
Fabrice Fournier
 2008 Quiet Chaos
 2007 Rush Hour 3
Detective Revi (uncredited)
 2000 Tribute to Alfred Lepetit (Short)
 1994 Dead Tired
Roman Polanski
 1994 A Pure Formality
 1992 Back in the U.S.S.R.
 1989 En attendant Godot (TV Movie)
 1988 Frantic
Taxi Driver Who Hands Over the Matches to Dr. Walker (uncredited)
 1974 Blood for Dracula
Man in Tavern (uncredited)
 1972 What?
Mosquito (uncredited)
 1969 The Magic Christian
Solitary Drinker
 1965 Repulsion
Spoon Player (uncredited)
 1962 Knife in the Water
Young Man (voice, uncredited)
 1961 The Fat and the Lean (Short)
The lean (uncredited)
 1961 Samson
 1961 Ostroznie, Yeti!
 1960 Innocent Sorcerers
 1960 Do widzenia, do jutra...
Romek (as R. Polanski)
 1960 Bad Luck
Jola's Tutor (uncredited)
 1959 The Lamp (Short)
A passer-by (uncredited)
 1959 Speed
 1959 When Angels Fall (Short)
Old woman
 1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe (Short)
Bad boy (uncredited)
 1957 Koniec nocy
Little One
 1957 Wraki
 1956 Nikodem Dyzma
Boy at Hotel (uncredited)
 1955 Godzina bez slonca (Short)
 1955 Rower (Short)
Boy who wants to buy a bicycle
 1955 Zaczarowany rower
 1955 A Generation
 1953 Trzy opowiesci
Genek 'The Little' (segment "Jacek")
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Commercial for Parisiennes cigarettes See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Interviews | 67 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

R. Polanski | Roman Polañski


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[on Frantic (1988)] The idea was to make a film about the things I know - to show my Paris. I wanted to get rid of everything that was too obviously quaintly Parisian and tried to show the town of today. It was the way I see it and not as Americans might imagine it to be. Having as a theme an American in Paris, I wanted to dispel the idea and tradition of Irma la Douce (1963) and Moulin Rouge (... See more »


Directed four actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Ruth Gordon, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and Adrien Brody. Gordon and Brody did win Oscars for their performances in two of his films. See more »


By the end of his films, the protagonist often meets an uncertain, melancholic future ("The Ninth Gate (1999) ", "The Ghost Writer (2010)", "Rosemary's Baby (1968)", "Chinatown (1974)" and "Macbeth (1971)"). See more »



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