Born in Paris, France
At age three, moved with his parents to his father's native Kraków, Poland
As a seven-year-old, witnessed the Nazi's sealing off the Kraków Ghetto where his family lived
Participated in smuggling runs by slipping out of the ghetto through secret passageways
Avoided capture after his father pushed him through a gap in the wall sealing the ghetto
Returned to Kraków at age 11; reunited with father and sister
Began acting in radio shows at age 12
Set up by his father in his own apartment at age 13
Became a celebrity on Krakow radio, playing tough street kids
Began acting in films and making documentaries
Acted in Andrzej Wajda's first feature-length film "A Generation"; first collaboration with the director
Made several short films while studing at Lódz, including "Two Men and a Wardrobe" (1958) and "When Angels Fall" (1959)
Moved to Paris, France and met frequent collaborator Gérard Brach
First feature-length film, "Knife in the Water"; also co-wrote; earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
First collaboration with Gérard Brach, the "Amsterdam" segment of "Les plus belles escroqueries du monde"
First English language film, "Repulsion"
Wrote and directed his successful U.S. debut, "Rosemary's Baby"; produced by Robert Evans; garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
Sharon Tate, Polanski's pregnant wife, and four others were brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson's "Family" (August)
First feature following his wife's murder, the violent film version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Directed the commercially and critically successful "Chinatown," starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway; produced by Robert Evans; film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards
Directed and played the lead role in "The Tenant"
Served as guest editor for the Christmas issue of French <i>Vogue</i> featuring Nastassja Kinski
Arrested for having sex with a thirteen-year-old girl he was auditioning for a <i>Vogue</i> photo layout
Accepting a plea bargain and plead guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor; served 42 days under psychiatric evaluation in the Chino State Psychiatric Prison
Tipped off that the judge was going to disregard the plea bargain, and sentence him to additional jail time, Polanski fled to France, where he held citizenship; France refuses to extradite its own citizens
Directed the well-received Tess (1979) starring Nastassja Kinski; film dedicated to the memory of Polanski's late wife, Sharon Tate; received third Academy Award nomination
Penned the autobiography <i>Roman by Polanski</i>
First film in seven years, "Pirates"
Directed Harrison Ford and future wife, Emmanuelle Seigner in "Frantic"
Helmed (also wrote and produced) "Bitter Moon" starring Hugh Grant, Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner
Settled out of court in a civil suit with his former accuser, Samantha Geimer
Directed the Paris production of "Master Class"
Directed a stage version of "The Fearless Vampire Killers" in Vienna as "Tanz der Vampire"
Returned to directing features with the supernatural thriller "The Ninth Gate," starring Johnny Depp
Acted in Andrzej Wajda's "Zemsta"
Directed "The Pianist," a true story about a Jewish-Polish piano player Wladyslaw Szpilman, who survived the Warsaw ghetto; won top prize at Cannes
Directed a film adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist"
Made a cameo in "Rush Hour 3" as a French police official
Subject of the documentary, "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
Co-wrote, co-produced and directed the film adaptation of "The Ghost Writer"; Polanski was arrested before the films released and he had to complete post-production from his house arrest at his Swiss villa in Gstaad
Directed Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly in "Carnage"; film based on Yasmina Reza's acclaimed play "God of Carnage"; also co-wrote screenplay with Reza