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 Polanski was born as Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański in Paris, France on 18 August 1933, the son of Bula (née Katz-Przedborska) and Ryszard Polański, a painter and manufacturer of sculptures, who had changed his family name from Liebling. … Read More
1943 10 Years Old …  His father saw him, but afraid his son might be spotted by the German soldiers, whispered (in Polish), "Get lost!" Polański escaped the Kraków Ghetto in 1943 and survived by assuming the name Romek Wilk, with the help of some Polish Roman Catholic families including Mrs Sermak who promised his father to shelter him. … 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, Polanski, then 43 years old, was arrested in Los Angeles for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photo shoot for French Vogue magazine. … Read More
1978 45 Years Old Upon learning of the judge's plans, Polanski fled to France 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 - 1998 4 More Events
2005 72 Years Old He remains the subject of an Interpol red notice issued in 2005 at the request of the United States. … Read More
2008 75 Years Old In 2008 the documentary film by Marina Zenovich, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, was released in Europe and the United States where it won numerous awards. … Read More
2009 76 Years Old In December 2009, a California appellate court discussed the film's allegations as it denied Polanski's request to have the case dismissed. … Read More
…  In 2011, he was able to travel to Zurich from his home in France to receive the award. as well as Best Director at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, for Carnage (2011), a comedy-drama starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet.
2012 79 Years Old …  The film was shot from December 2012 to February 2013 in French and is Polanski's first non-English language feature film in forty years.
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
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