Daniel Olbrychski

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Daniel Olbrychski
File:Daniel Olbrychski 2013.jpg
Daniel Olbrychski, 2013
Born (1945-02-27) 27 February 1945 (age 77)
Łowicz, Poland
Years active 1964-present
Spouse(s) Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska (1967-1977) (divorced) 1 child
Zuzanna Lapicka (1978-1988) (divorced) 1 child
Krystyna Demska (2003-present)
Partner(s) Barbara Sukowa (1 child) (Viktor Sukowa)
Children Rafal Olbrychski (b. 1971)
Weronika Lapicka (b. 1982)
Viktor Sukowa (b. 1995) (w/Barbara Sukowa)[1]

Daniel Olbrychski (Polish pronunciation: [ɔlˈbrɨxskʲi]; born 27 February 1945) is a Polish actor best known for leading roles in several Andrzej Wajda movies and also known for playing a defector and spymaster Vassily Orlov, alongside Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in the movie Salt.

Life and career

Olbrychski was born in Łowicz, Poland. He attended Gimnazjum i Liceum im. Stefana Batorego (Warsaw, Poland).

In 1971 he won the award for Best Actor at the 7th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in The Birch Wood.[2]

He played one of the leading roles in Volker Schlöndorff's film based on Günter Grass's novel Die Blechtrommel. He also appeared in one of the ten short films in Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Decalogue and had a small role in the film adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

In 1986 Olbrychski received the French Legion of Honor (L'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). In 2007 he received the Stanislavsky Award at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school.[3]

Olbrychski (left) with Andrzej Wajda (centre), 1973

In addition to acting, Olbrychski has been well known for his abilities as an athlete. A keen horse-rider and very able with the sabre, Olbrychski personally performed most of the stunt scenes in his movies.

He is the father of two sons, Rafał Olbrychski (actor, born 26 February 1971) by Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska, and Viktor by German actress Barbara Sukowa. He also has a daughter named Weronika (b. 1982) by Zuzanna Łapicka-Olbrychska, daughter of Andrzej Łapicki.

He was selected to be on the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films sections of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[4]


Polish dubbing

Modern Art


  1. http://www.plotek.pl/plotek/1,78649,5560498,Olbrychski_spotkal_sie_z_synem_po_13_latach_.html
  2. "7th Moscow International Film Festival (1971)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-05-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury". Cannes Film Festival. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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