Roman Polanski

Film Director + Producer + Writer + Actor
Born Aug 18, 1933

Roman Polanski is a French-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. " Polanski's films have inspired diverse directors, including the Coen brothers, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Park Chan-wook, Abel Ferrara, and Wes Craven.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born in 1933.
1937 4 Years Old 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. … Read More


1945 12 Years Old By the time the war ended in 1945, a fifth of the Polish population had been killed, with the vast majority of the victims being civilians. … Read More
1946 13 Years Old After the war, he was reunited with his father and moved back to Kraków. His father remarried 21 December 1946 to Wanda Zajączkowska (a woman Polanski had never liked) and died of cancer in 1984. … Read More


1955 22 Years Old …  Polanski's directorial debut was also in 1955 with a short film Rower (Bicycle). … Read More
1959 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated in 1959. … Read More
1961 28 Years Old Polanski left then-communist Poland and moved to France, where he had already made two notable short films in 1961: The Fat and the Lean and Mammals.


1964 31 Years Old 1 More Event
While in France, Polanski contributed one segment ("La rivière de diamants") to the French-produced omnibus film, Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (English title: The Beautiful Swindlers) in 1964. … Read More
1968 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Polanski met Sharon Tate while the film was being made, where she played the role of the local innkeeper's daughter. They were married in London on 1968. … Read More
1969 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1969, while Polanski was in Europe working on a film, Tate was murdered along with four of their friends at their home in Los Angeles by members of Charles Manson's "family," a group of young, gullible, and mostly female followers. … Read More


1976 43 Years Old In 1976, Polanski started a romantic relationship with Nastassja Kinski, who starred in Tess. … Read More
1977 44 Years Old On 11 March 1977, three years after making Chinatown, Polanski was arrested at Jack Nicholson's home for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Gailey, who was modeling for Polanski during a Vogue magazine photo shoot around the pool. … Read More
1978 45 Years Old …  Polanski caught a flight to London on 1 February 1978, just hours before sentencing. … Read More
1982 49 Years Old In an interview with David Letterman in 1982, she described their relationship and gave her opinion about his sexual assault case, claiming it was "ridiculous" and his residence in France was "a loss for America."


1988 55 Years Old In 1988 she sued Polanski. … Read More
1989 56 Years Old In 1989, Polanski married French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, 33 years his junior. … Read More


1993 - 1997 3 More Events
1998 65 Years Old On 1998, Polanski was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. … Read More
2009 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On 26 September 2009, Polanski was arrested while in Switzerland at the request of United States authorities. … Read More
2010 77 Years Old Polanski was jailed near Zürich for two months, then put under house arrest at his home in Gstaad while awaiting decision of appeals fighting extradition. On 12 July 2010, the Swiss rejected the United States' request, declared Polanski a "free man" and released him from custody. … Read More
2014 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2014, newly uncovered emails by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge from 2008, indicated that if Polanski returned to the United States for a hearing, the conduct of the judge who had originally presided over the case might require that Polanski be freed. … Read More
On 30 October 2015, Polish judge Dariusz Mazur denied a request by the United States to extradite Polanski for a full trial, claiming that it would be “obviously unlawful.” Polanski holds dual citizenship with Poland and France.
2016 83 Years Old …  The film starts production in November 2016 from a script adapted by Polanski and Olivier Assayas.
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