Roman Polanski

Polanski in 2005, cinemafestival /

Birth Name: Rajmund Roman Thierry Liebling

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 18 August, 1933

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, as well as some Russian or Polish

Roman Polanski is a Polish and French film director, producer, writer, and actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Pianist (2002).

Roman was born in Paris, France, to parents from Poland, and was raised in Poland. His father, Ryszard Liebling (later Ryszard Polanski), was a Polish Jew, from Krakow. His mother, Bula Katz-Przedborska, who was evidently born in Warsaw, was raised Catholic, and was of partial Jewish ancestry (as well as possibly part Russian). Roman grew up as an agnostic. He and his family were placed in a concentration camp during World War II, from which he was able to escape. His mother was killed in the gas chambers. His father managed to survive.

Roman is married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, with whom he has two children, including actress and model Morgane Polanski. He was previously married to actress Sharon Tate, until her murder by the Manson family. Sharon was pregnant with her and Roman’s son at the time.

Roman’s paternal grandfather was named Samson Hirsch Liebling (the son of Dawid Liebling and Golda).

Roman’s paternal grandmother was Maria Imerglück (the daughter of Hirsch Imerglück and Reizla Wolfowicz). Maria was born in Niegoszowice, krakowski, Lesser Poland Voivodeship.


Genealogy of Roman Polanski (focusing on his father’s side) –

stamp of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in 1967’s “The Fearless Vampire Killers,” printed c. 1972 in Fujeira, photo by Neftali/


Curious about ethnicity

26 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Recently watching a documentary about German occupation of Poland, he said that at the time he did not know his family was Jewish nor he knew what Jews were.

  2. Greyface says:

    not a pedophile, good director and better person than bryan singer!

  3. andrew says:

    whatever you say he’s still a great film director

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