Daniel Olbrychski Movies and Career Information

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Feb 27, 1945
Łowicz
Actor
Daniel Olbrychski is a Polish actor best known for leading roles in several Andrzej Wajda movies and also known for playing the Russian defector and spymaster Vassily Orlov, alongside Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in the movie Salt. Olbrychski was born in Łowicz, Poland. He attended Gimnazjum i Liceum im. Stefana Batorego. In 1971 he won the award for Best Actor at the 7th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in The Birch Wood. 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. 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. 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.

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