Andrzej Seweryn (born 25 April 1946) is a Polish actor and director. One of the most successful Polish theatre actors, he starred in over 50 films, mostly in Poland, France and Germany. He is also one of only three non-French actors to be hired by the Paris-based Comédie-Française. He is currently serving as director general of the Polski Theatre in Warsaw. He has three children with three different wives: daughter Maria Seweryn (born 1975) with his first wife, Polish actress Krystyna Janda, and two sons, Yann-Baptiste and Maximilien.
Seweryn in 2009
25 April 1946|
Mireille Maalouf (1988-present)|
Laurence Seweryn (?-?)
Krystyna Janda (?-1979)
Life and careerEdit
Andrzej Seweryn was born on 25 April 1946 in Heilbronn, Germany. His parents, Zdzisław and Zofia, were captured and forced into slave labor in Germany during World War II. After the birth of Andrzej, they returned to Poland. In 1968 he graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw and worked at Teatr Ateneum where he continued to act until 1980.
Already in the 1970s he gained much fame following his appearance in numerous films directed by Andrzej Wajda, notably Without Anesthesia, The Promised Land and the Man of Iron. For his role in Wajda's 1980 Dyrygent Seweryn received the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1980 Seweryn also made his stage debut in France following the staging of Wajda's interpretation of plays by Stanisław Witkiewicz at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers.
The imposition of the Martial law in Poland in 1981 found Seweryn in France. A sympathiser of the outlawed Solidarity, he decided to stay abroad and settle in France. With time he also applied for French citizenship. During his stay in France he collaborated with some of the most renowned theatre directors. Among them were Claude Régy (La Trilogie du revoir and Grand et Petit by Botho Strauss), Patrice Chéreau (Peer Gynt by Ibsen), Peter Brook (Mahabhharata), Bernard Sobel (Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertold Brecht, Tartuffe by Molière), Deborah Warner (A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen), Antoine Vitez (L'Échange by Paul Claudel), Jacques Rosner (The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov and Breakfast with Wittgenstein based on a novel by Thomas Bernhard), and Jacques Lassalle (Jedermann by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and The Misanthrope by Molière).
Since 1993 he has performed in Comédie Française in Paris (receiving full membership in 1995, as the third non-French in the history of that theatre) and taught at the Paris Conservatoire. For his contribution to French culture in 2005 was awarded with Légion d'honneur, in addition to Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Ordre national du Mérite.
Andrzej Seweryn appeared in over fifty motion pictures, most them Polish, French and German productions. He is best known in the United States for his portrayal as Julian Scherner in the film Schindler's List. Seweryn was allegedly chosen for the role of Scherner since he bore a striking physical resemblance to the actual Julian Scherner, based upon photographic evidence from World War II. He has also portrayed the French Revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre, in the film and mini-series La Révolution française (1989) a.k.a. (The French Revolution).
- Beata (1965) as Pupil
- Album polski (1970, a.k.a. Polish Album) as Tomek
- Przejście podziemne (1974, TV Short, a.k.a. The Underground Passage) as Stach
- Ziemia Obiecana (1975, a.k.a. The Promised Land) as Maks Baum
- Noce i dnie (1975, a.k.a. Nights and Days) as Anzelm Ostrzenski
- Opadły liście z drzew (1975, a.k.a. Leaves Have Fallen) as Smukły
- Zaklęte rewiry (1975, a.k.a. Hotel Pacific) as Henek (voice)
- Obrazki z życia (1975, a.k.a. Pictures From Life) as Writer
- Polskie drogi (1977, TV Series) as Sturmbannführer Kliefhorn
- Człowiek z marmuru (1977) a.k.a. Man of Marble as Reader (voice)
- Długa noc poślubna (1977, TV Movie a.k.a. Long Honeymoon)
- Granica (1978, a.k.a. The Limit) as Zenon Ziembiewic
- Bez znieczulenia (1978) a.k.a. Without Anesthesia as Jerzy Rosciszewski
- Bestia (1978, a.k.a. Beast) as Ksiadz
- Roman i Magda (1979, a.k.a. Roman and Magda) as Roman Barwinski
- Rodzina Połanieckich (1979, TV Series) as Bukacki
- Kung-Fu (1979) as Marek Kaminski
- Dyrygent (1980, a.k.a. Orchestra Conductor) as Adam Pietryk
- Golem (1980) as Doctor Creating Pernat
- Człowiek z żelaza (1981) a.k.a. Man of Iron as Kapt. Wirski
- Dziecinne pytania (1981, a.k.a. Childish Questions) as Bogdan
- Peer Gynt (1981, TV Movie) as Le cuisinier / Le propriétaire d'Haegstad / Le père de la mariée
- Najdłuższa wojna nowoczesnej Europy (1982, TV Series) as Hipolit Cegielski
- Roza (1982)
- Danton (1983) as Bourdon
- Marynia (1984) as Edward Bukacki
- Haute Mer (1985, TV Movie)
- Qui trop embrasse... (1986) as Marc
- La Femme de ma vie (1986, a.k.a. Women of My Life) as Bernard
- La Coda del diavolo (1986, a.k.a. The Malady of Love) as The pedlar
- Na srebrnym globie (1987, a.k.a. The Silver Globe) as Marek
- La Révolution française (1989, a.k.a. The French Revolution) as Maximilien-Marie-Isidore De Robespierre
- The Mahabharata (1989, TV Mini-Series) as Yudhishthira
- La bonne Âme de Setchouan (1990, TV Movie) as Wang
- Napoléon et l'Europe (1991, TV Series)
- La Condanna (1991, a.k.a. The Conviction) as Giovanni, Public attorney
- Indochine (1992) as Hebrard
- L'Échange (1992, Short)
- Amok (1993) as Steiner
- Schindler's List (1993) as Julian Scherner
- Podróż na wschód (1994, TV Movie, a.k.a. A Journey East) as Jakub
- Le Fils du cordonnier (1994, TV Mini-Series) as Célestin
- Ohnivé jaro (1994)
- Total Eclipse (1995) as Mr. Maute De Fleurville
- Lucie Aubrac (1997) as Lt. Schlondorf
- Généalogies d'un crime (1997, a.k.a. Genealogies of a Crime) as Christian
- Billboard (1998) as Agency Manager
- Ogniem i mieczem (1999, a.k.a. With Fire and Sword) as Jeremi Wiśniowiecki
- Pan Tadeusz (1999, a.k.a. Tadeusz or the Last Foray in Lithuania) as Judge Soplica
- Prymas - trzy lata z tysiąca (2000, a.k.a. The Primate) as Stefan Wyszyński
- Zemsta (2002, a.k.a. The Revenge) as Rejent Milcze
- Par amour (2003, TV Movie) as François
- À ton image (2004) as Professor Cardoze
- Kto nigdy nie żył... (2006) as Ordynator
- Ekipa (2007, TV Series) as President Juliusz Szczęsny
- Laa rounde de nuit (2007, a.k.a. Nightwatching) as Piers Hasselburg
- La Possibilité d'une île (2008) as Slotan
- Różyczka (2010, a.k.a. Little Rose) as Adam Warczewski
- Uwikłanie (2011) as Witold
- You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2012) as Marcellin
- Sep (2013) as Reatorski
- Zblizenia (2014) as Andrzej Milewski
- Anatomia zla (2015) as Roman Szerepeta
- The Last Family (2016) as Zdzislaw Beksinski
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