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Name: Wojciech Pszoniak  
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Date of Birth: 2nd May 1942
Place of Birth: Lwów, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine)
Profession: Actor
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Wojciech Pszoniak as Stańczyk in Andrzej Wajda's film The Wedding (1972), based on Stanisław Wyspiański's drama.

Wojciech Pszoniak (born in 1942 in Lwów, Poland) is a Polish movie and theatrical actor.

He gained international visibility following Andrzej Wajda's 1975 Ziemia obiecana movie (Promised Land) where he played Max, one of the three main characters (the other being portrayed by Andrzej Seweryn and Daniel Olbrychski).

This allowed him to find work in France, where he is currently living and working most of the time. He left Poland during the 1980-1981 political unrest period which saw the appearance of Solidarity, the first free trade union and ended with the imposition of the martial law on December 13, 1981. Since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Pszoniak frequently appears in Polish movies, theater plays or on television talk-shows.

Internationally, he simplified his first name into Wojtek, which is the standard diminutive of relatively formal-sounding Wojciech in the Polish language and also the way everybody normally calls him in Poland.

He often plays Jewish characters (although he is apparently not of Jewish descent); in France this is partially attributable to his role in Promised Land, but also to his remaining foreign accent.

He did not speak French when he came to France, so he learned his theatrical lines phonetically; in movies like Danton, where he played Robespierre he could be dubbed. He once told an anecdote that when he finally started speaking French, a director told him that he preferred his previous accent.

External link

  • Wojciech Pszoniak at the Internet Movie Database

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