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Daniel Olbrychski
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Daniel Olbrychski

Daniel Olbrychski is respected in his native Poland for his long association with Andrzej Wajda, having made 13 films with the Academy Award(R)-winning director, including The Promised Land and Young Girls of Wilko (both Oscar(R) nominees for Best Foreign Language Film) as well as Ashes, The Birch Wood (for which Olbrychski was honored with the Best Actor award at the Moscow International Film Festival), Everything for Sale, Landscape after Battle, Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania, and The Revenge, among others. He also has collaborated several times with director Jerzy Hoffman, including on The Deluge, which won three awards at the Polish Film Festival, including Best Actor for Olbrychski, and was nominated for an Oscar(R).

In his 186-film career, he has worked with such directors as Volker Schlöndorff (in The Tin Drum), Philip Kaufman (in The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Michael Anderson (in The Jeweler's Shop), Krzysztof Kielowski (one of the films of The Decalogue), and Miklos Jancso, Claude Lelouch, Joseph Losey, Mauro Bolognioni, Margarette Von Trotta, and Nikita Michalkov.

Olbrychski is also a trained Shakespearean actor; he played Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear. In 1985, he was Rhett Butler in an adaptation of Gone with the Wind at the Marigny Theatre in Paris.

He has received the French Legion of Honor, Poland's Order of Polonia Restituta and Gloria Artis, and Russia's Pushkin Prize.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Daniel Olbrychski Facts

BirthdayFebruary 27, 1945 (78)
BirthplaceLowicz, Poland

Selected Filmography

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