Director, celebrity. Created Raimund Polanski, on August 18, 1933, in Paris, France. In the age of three, Polanski moved along with his family to his dad’s native city of Krakow, Poland. In 1941, his parents were imprisoned in several Nazi concentration camps, where his mom eventually perished in Auschwitz. To be able to escape deportation, Polanski resided with several distinct Polish families until he was reunited with his dad in 1944.
As a teen, Polanski developed his acting abilities in radio dramas and movies. The global acknowledgement that followed, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film, gave Polanski the opportunity to bring his films into a more mainstream audience. The next year, he moved to London, where his next offering, the psychological thriller Repulsion (1965), was considered equally powerful by critics and crowds.
In 1968, Polanski moved to Hollywood, making his American movie debut using the classic thriller Rosemary’s Baby, which featured extraordinary performances by Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. Despite his burgeoning movie career, Polanski survived a dreadful disaster the next year when his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was viciously killed by members of the Charles Manson cult. The extreme violence experienced by Polanski throughout his life was frequently represented in his pictures, which tended to concentrate on the darker themes of alienation and bad-most notably, in today’s film noir Chinatown (1974), featuring John Huston, Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway.
In 1977, Polanski was indicted on six criminal counts for having sexual relations using a minor. The alleged action took place using a 13-year old woman, in the house of the actor Jack Nicholson. Polanski pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and got six weeks of psychiatric assessment in a state prison in California. Although additional criminal charges were still pending, Polanski fled America after his dismissal. While authorities are not actively seeking him out, he continued to face the probability of prison if he returned to America.
Polanski traveled to Europe and finally settled in Paris, where he directed the critically acclaimed movie Tess (1979)—an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Throughout the 1980s, he concentrated on stage performing, appearing in productions of Amadeus (1981) and Metamorphosis (1988).
Polanski returned to film work using the extreme thriller Frantic (1988), starring Harrison Ford and Betty Buckley, followed by the sexual drama Bitter Moon (1992), with Hugh Grant and Polanski’s present wife Emmanuelle Seigner. The movie ‘s critical and commercial reception was tepid. Polanski won a surprise Best Director Oscar for the movie, but wasn’t permitted to attend the award ceremony because of his criminal indictment. The movie ‘s star, 29-year old Adrien Brody, also earned an Oscar because of his performance.
Following The Pianist, Polanski said he was concerned to create a movie his kids could appreciate. His next job was a film adaptation of the classic Dickens novel Oliver Twist, starring Ben Kingsley. Despite a solid cast, the movie performed badly in the box office and received tepid reviews from critics. His latest endeavor, The Ghost, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, was slated to his theatres in 2010. But on his approach to an awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, he was detained by Swiss authorities and is now in a legal fight with U.S. law enforcement for his extradition to America. Meanwhile, the production of his picture is on indefinite hold.