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The legendary Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski was born in Lowicz in 1945. In 1963, when still a drama school student in Warsaw, he made his first film, Ashes, with Andrzej Wajda This was the beginning of a long collaboration between the two artists who together made thirteen films. Olbrychski has appeared in 186 films, most famously Jerzy Hoffman’s 1973 Oscar-nominated The Deluge. He has worked with leading directors in Europe and America, including Miklos Jancso, Volker Schlondorff, Claude Lelouch, Mauro Bolognini, Margarethe von Trotta, Nikita Michalkov, Joseph Losey, Michael Anderson and Philip Kaufman. In Poland he is also respected as a great theatre actor, playing the most important Shakespearian parts, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear. In 1985 he played Rhett Butler in an adaptation of Gone With The Wind at the Marigny Theatre in Paris. Among many awards and honours, he was appointed Commandant des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1990, and the Polish government awarded him the Polonia Restituta in 1998 and Gloria Artis in 2006. He was awarded the Pushkin Medal by the Russian government.

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