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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 85 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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  The Stalking Moon (pre-production)
Mr. Fournier
 2008 Quiet Chaos
 2007 Rush Hour 3
Detective Revi (uncredited)
 2000 Tribute to Alfred Lepetit (Short)
 1994 Dead Tired
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 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 Zezowate szczescie
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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Directed and starred in the hit Paris stage production of "Amadeus" in the early 1980s. See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 12 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Interviews | 65 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

R. Polanski | Roman Polañski


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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The older I get, the harder I find it to decide what I should do next. As a young man I was much more innocent. Life seemed endless and I simply said, "Okay: I'm doing this film. Period." Time has taught me that I have to assume all the responsibilities when I embark on one of these adventures, and today I ask myself, "Do I really have the perseverance? Can I handle everything getting on my ... See more »


In 1969, while he was on out-of-town business, his wife, actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson's cult family; though Manson only ordered the killing and was not present during the murders. She was eight-months pregnant with their first child at the time. He has said that his life's biggest regret was not being present at the house on Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills the... 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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