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Born: August 18, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: Cast ...
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1933:
Born in Paris, France
1936:
At age three, moved with his parents to his father's native Kraków, Poland
1940:
As a seven-year-old, witnessed the Nazi's sealing off the Kraków Ghetto where his family lived
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Participated in smuggling runs by slipping out of the ghetto through secret passageways
1941:
Avoided capture after his father pushed him through a gap in the wall sealing the ghetto
1944:
Returned to Kraków at age 11; reunited with father and sister
1945:
Began acting in radio shows at age 12
1946:
Set up by his father in his own apartment at age 13
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Became a celebrity on Krakow radio, playing tough street kids
1954:
Began acting in films and making documentaries
1954:
Acted in Andrzej Wajda's first feature-length film "A Generation"; first collaboration with the director
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Made several short films while studing at Lódz, including "Two Men and a Wardrobe" (1958) and "When Angels Fall" (1959)
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Moved to Paris, France and met frequent collaborator Gérard Brach
1962:
First feature-length film, "Knife in the Water"; also co-wrote; earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
1964:
First collaboration with Gérard Brach, the "Amsterdam" segment of "Les plus belles escroqueries du monde"
1965:
First English language film, "Repulsion"
1968:
Wrote and directed his successful U.S. debut, "Rosemary's Baby"; produced by Robert Evans; garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
1969:
Sharon Tate, Polanski's pregnant wife, and four others were brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson's "Family" (August)
1971:
First feature following his wife's murder, the violent film version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
1974:
Directed the commercially and critically successful "Chinatown," starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway; produced by Robert Evans; film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards
1976:
Directed and played the lead role in "The Tenant"
1976:
Served as guest editor for the Christmas issue of French <i>Vogue</i> featuring Nastassja Kinski
1977:
Arrested for having sex with a thirteen-year-old girl he was auditioning for a <i>Vogue</i> photo layout
1978:
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
1978:
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
1979:
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
1984:
Penned the autobiography <i>Roman by Polanski</i>
1986:
First film in seven years, "Pirates"
1987:
Directed Harrison Ford and future wife, Emmanuelle Seigner in "Frantic"
1992:
Helmed (also wrote and produced) "Bitter Moon" starring Hugh Grant, Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner
1993:
Settled out of court in a civil suit with his former accuser, Samantha Geimer
1996:
Directed the Paris production of "Master Class"
1997:
Directed a stage version of "The Fearless Vampire Killers" in Vienna as "Tanz der Vampire"
1999:
Returned to directing features with the supernatural thriller "The Ninth Gate," starring Johnny Depp
2002:
Acted in Andrzej Wajda's "Zemsta"
2002:
Directed "The Pianist," a true story about a Jewish-Polish piano player Wladyslaw Szpilman, who survived the Warsaw ghetto; won top prize at Cannes
2005:
Directed a film adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist"
2007:
Made a cameo in "Rush Hour 3" as a French police official
2008:
Subject of the documentary, "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
2010:
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
2011:
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

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