Jan Nowicki

Jan Nowicki

Date of Birth: 05.11.1939
Country: Poland

  1. Biography of Jan Nowicki
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Breakthrough Role and Success
  4. Collaboration with Marta Mészáros
  5. Theatrical Achievements

Biography of Jan Nowicki

Early Life and Career

Jan Nowicki was born on November 5, 1939, in Poland. He graduated from the Acting Department of the Theatre School in Krakow in 1965 and was accepted into the ensemble of the Old Theater, where he still works to this day. He made his debut in the film industry with a small role as Captain Vyganovsky in Andrzej Wajda's "Ashes" in the same year.

Breakthrough Role and Success

Nowicki's breakthrough role came in 1966 in Edward Skolimowski's film "Barrier," where he demonstrated rare plasticity, charm, and the tragic vulnerability of his character. His characters often appear courageous at first glance, but in reality, they are ill-adapted to life circumstances. From the 1970s onwards, Nowicki became one of the most popular actors in Polish cinema, starring in films by directors such as Krzysztof Zanussi ("Family Life," 1970; "Spiral," 1978), Roman Zaluski ("Anatomy of Love," 1972), and Wojciech Has ("Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass," 1973).

Collaboration with Marta Mészáros

In the mid-1970s, after marrying Hungarian director Marta Mészáros, Nowicki began regularly appearing in films directed by her, including "The Two of Them" (1977), "Almost Like at Home" (1978), "On the Road" (1979), "Inheritance/The Second Wife" (1980), "Mother, Daughter" (1981), "Diary for My Children" (1982, released in 1984), and "The Seventh Room" (1995). He continued to work in Polish cinema, although with less intensity, starring in films such as "The Great Shu" (1983) by Sylwester Chęciński, "Siegfried" (1987) by Andrzej Domalik, "Lava" (1989) by Teresa Konwicka, and "Ladies and Widows" (1991) by Jan Zaorski.

Theatrical Achievements

Nowicki's most significant theatrical roles were created in plays by Antoni Czechow, including Stavrogin in "The Devils," Grand Duke Konstantin in "November Night," and Rogozhin in "Nastasya Filippovna."