Guido Lorraine

Guido Lorraine (2 September 1912 – 31 December 2009) was a Polish-born actor, musician and singer, known primarily for his roles in war films.[1] He was also sometimes known by the stage name Guy Borucki.[2] Lorraine appeared in twenty-eight films during his career, as well as many theatre productions.[2]

Guido Lorraine
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Gwidon Alfred Gottlieb

(1912-09-02)2 September 1912
Died31 December 2009(2009-12-31) (aged 97)
Other namesGwidon Borucki
Guy Borucki
OccupationActor, singer, musician

Lorraine was born Gwidon Alfred Gottlieb[3] in present-day Kraków, Poland in 1912.[1] He studied at the School of Foreign Trade in Lwów (Lviv), where he sang in restaurants to earn money.[2] He learned to play the accordion and piano as a child.[2]

Lorraine founded a military theatre group during World War II.[2] He is credited as the first singer to perform the song, "Red Poppy Flowers of Monte Cassino", in public.[1]

He adopted the pseudonym Guy Borucki after World War II and moved to London. He appeared on BBC radio, television and film. His film credits during the era included Hotel Sahara in 1951, 1955's The Colditz Story and Blue Murder at St Trinian's in 1957.[4] He also starred in a number of musical comedies and other British productions during the 1950s.[2]

He arrived in Australia in 1959 with the performance of a musical operetta Grab Me a Gondola in which he had the main role, and made his home in Melbourne to pursue his acting career. Much of his career centred on entertainment for the Polish community living in Australia, including a series of theatre performances, revues and cabarets.[2] He also starred in his own television show in 1960 called Tea for Two, a musical programme on Melbourne station HSV-7.[5]

Guido Lorraine died in Melbourne, Australia, on 31 December 2009, at the age of 97.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Passionate Friends Hotel Manager
1950 State Secret Lieutenant Prachi
1950 Tony Draws a Horse Accordion Player Uncredited
1951 Hotel Sahara Captain Giuseppi
1951 Encore Russian Prince (segment "Gigolo and Gigolette")
1952 Top Secret 1st M.V.D.
1953 The Village Mr. Karginski
1953 Sailor of the King German Officer Uncredited
1953 The Red Beret German Officer
1954 Father Brown Cafe Patron
1955 The Colditz Story Polish Officer #1
1955 Break in the Circle Franz
1955 Above Us the Waves Officer Interpreter
1955 Value for Money Head Waiter Uncredited
1955 They Can't Hang Me Pietr Revski
1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes M. Marcel
1955 Alias John Preston Headwaiter
1956 Port Afrique Abdul
1956 Loser Takes All Room Waiter Uncredited
1957 Ill Met by Moonlight German Officer Uncredited
1957 That Woman Opposite Goron
1957 Blue Murder at St Trinian's Prince Bruno
1959 The Great Van Robbery Leprave (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d "Lives Remembered: Guido Lorraine". The Daily Telegraph. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Guido Lorraine". Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Zmarł Gwidon Borucki - pierwszy wykonawca "Czerwonych maków"" [Gwidon Borucki has died]. Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 31 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Guido Lorraine". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  5. ^ "The Age - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 27 July 2020.

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