The Most Famous

ACTORS from Poland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Polish Actors. The pantheon dataset contains 10,030 Actors, 50 of which were born in Poland. This makes Poland the birth place of the 20th most number of Actors behind Turkey and Austria.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Polish Actors of all time. This list of famous Polish Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Polish Actors.

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1. Klaus Kinski (1926 - 1991)

With an HPI of 77.16, Klaus Kinski is the most famous Polish Actor.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages on wikipedia.

Klaus Kinski (German: [klaʊ̯s kɪ] (listen), born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski; 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was a German actor. He appeared in more than 130 films, and was a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). He also appeared in many Spaghetti Westerns, such as For a Few Dollars More (1965), A Bullet for the General (1966), The Great Silence (1968), And God Said to Cain (1970), Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971) and A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975). Kinski was a controversial and aggressive figure, and some of his emotional outbursts on set were featured in Herzog's documentary My Best Fiend. He is the father of Pola, Nastassja, and Nikolai Kinski, born of three different marriages. They have all become actors and have worked in Germany and the United States, in film and TV.

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2. Pola Negri (1897 - 1987)

With an HPI of 74.56, Pola Negri is the 2nd most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Pola Negri (; born Apolonia Chalupec [apɔˈlɔɲa xaˈwupɛt͡s]; 3 January 1897 – 1 August 1987) was a Polish stage and film actress and singer who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles and was acknowledged as a sex symbol.Raised in the Congress Kingdom of Poland, Negri's childhood was marked by several personal hardships: After her father was sent to Siberia, she was raised by her single mother in poverty, and suffered tuberculosis as a teenager. Negri recovered, and went on to study ballet and acting in Warsaw, becoming a well-known stage actress there. In 1917, she relocated to Germany, where she began appearing in silent films for the Berlin-based UFA studio. Her film performances for UFA came to the attention of Hollywood executives at Paramount Pictures, who offered her a film contract. Negri signed with Paramount in 1922, making her the first European actress in history to be contracted in Hollywood. She spent much of the 1920s working in the United States appearing in numerous films for Paramount, establishing herself as one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. In the 1930s, during the emergence of sound film, Negri returned to Europe, where she appeared in multiple films for Pathé Films and UFA, and also began a career as a recording artist. She made only two films after 1940, her last screen credit being in Walt Disney's The Moon-Spinners (1964). Negri spent her later life largely outside the public sphere. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951, and spent the remainder of her life living in San Antonio, Texas, where she died of pneumonia secondary to a brain tumor for which she refused treatment, in 1987, aged 90.

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3. Hanna Schygulla (1943 - )

With an HPI of 70.34, Hanna Schygulla is the 3rd most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Hanna Schygulla (German: [ˈ ʃyˈɡʊ.la] (listen); born 25 December 1943) is a German actress and chanson singer. Associated with the theater and film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, for whom she first worked in 1965, she was active in the New German Cinema. She won the 1979 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Actress for Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun, and the 1983 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the Marco Ferreri film The Story of Piera.

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4. Anny Ondra (1903 - 1987)

With an HPI of 66.91, Anny Ondra is the 4th most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Anny Ondra (born Anna Sophie Ondráková; 15 May 1903 – 28 February 1987) was a Czech film actress. She began her career in 1920 and appeared in Czech, German, Austrian, French and English films. In 1933, she married German boxing champion Max Schmeling.

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5. Daniel Olbrychski (1945 - )

With an HPI of 66.07, Daniel Olbrychski is the 5th most famous Polish Actor.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Daniel Marcel Olbrychski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈdaɲɛl ˈmart͡sɛl ɔlˈbrɨxskʲi]; born 27 February 1945) is a Polish actor best known for leading roles in several Andrzej Wajda movies and also known for playing a defector and spymaster Vassily Orlov, alongside Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in the movie Salt.

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6. Dita Parlo (1906 - 1971)

With an HPI of 66.01, Dita Parlo is the 6th most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Dita Parlo (born Grethe Gerda Kornstädt or Gerda Olga Justine Kornstädt; 4 September 1908 – 12 December 1971) was a German actress.

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7. Barbara Brylska (1941 - )

With an HPI of 65.42, Barbara Brylska is the 7th most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Barbara Brylska (born 5 June 1941) is a Polish actress who gained critical acclaim in 1960s and was featured in numerous films throughout the countries of the Warsaw Pact including the Soviet Union. She is noted especially for her role as Nadya in the 1976 Soviet comedy film Irony of Fate.

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8. Beata Tyszkiewicz (1938 - )

With an HPI of 64.77, Beata Tyszkiewicz is the 8th most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Countess Beata Tyszkiewicz (Beata Maria Helena Tyszkiewicz-Kalenicka; born 14 August 1938) is a retired Polish actress and TV personality.

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9. Izabella Scorupco (1970 - )

With an HPI of 64.48, Izabella Scorupco is the 9th most famous Polish Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Izabella Scorupco (born Izabela Dorota Skorupko; 4 June 1970) is a Polish-Swedish actress, singer and model. She is best known for having played Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye. She is also known for her cover of the Shirley & Company song "Shame, Shame, Shame" which was released in 1992 and became a European hit.

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10. Peter van Eyck (1911 - 1969)

With an HPI of 64.39, Peter van Eyck is the 10th most famous Polish Actor.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Peter van Eyck (born Götz von Eick; 16 July 1911 – 15 July 1969) was a German-born film actor. He was perhaps best known (in English-language films) for his roles in the 1960s features The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Shalako and The Bridge at Remagen.

Pantheon has 50 people classified as actors born between 1757 and 1985. Of these 50, 23 (46.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Hanna Schygulla, Daniel Olbrychski, and Barbara Brylska. The most famous deceased actors include Klaus Kinski, Pola Negri, and Anny Ondra. As of October 2020, 14 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Dita Parlo, Peter van Eyck, and Peter Berling.

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