|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1927, Poland|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1967|
Polish actor, one of the best-known and most popular personalities of the post-World War II history of Poland. He first appeared in a 1954 film Kariera as one of the extras. His first major role came in 1958, when he played in Kazimierz Kutz's Krzyż Walecznych. The same year he also appeared as one of the main characters in Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds and Aleksander Ford's The Eighth Day of the Week based on a short story by Marek Hłasko. Since then, Cybulski was seen as one of the most notable actors of the Polish Film School and one of the "young and wrathful", as his generation of actors were called at the time.
His most famous films, apart from Ashes and Diamonds, include Wojciech Has' The Saragossa Manuscript. He also appeared in numerous television plays, including ones based on works by Truman Capote, Anton Chekhov and Jerzy Andrzejewski.
Cybulski died in an accident at a Wrocław railway train station on January 8, 1967, on his way from the film set. As he jumped for the already speeding train (as he had often done), he slipped on the steps, fell under the train, and was run over. Before the accident he said goodbye to Marlene Dietrich, personally a friend of his, who was one of that train passengers.
Cybulski remains a legend of the Polish cinema. No doubt this is partly due to his premature death. His style of acting was revolutionary at the time as was his image (leather clothes and big sunglasses). He was often referred to as "the Polish James Dean". Like Dean, he played nonconformist rebels, and like him he died young.
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Record added: Nov 02, 2011
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