Franciszek Pieczka, one of the most outstanding Polish film and theater actors, has died

Franciszek Pieczka, one of the most outstanding Polish film and theater actors, has died
Franciszek Pieczka, one of the most outstanding Polish film and theater actors, has died
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Franciszek Pieczka is dead. Photo PAP

Franciszek Pieczka died at the age of 94, one of the most popular Polish actors and a performer of roles in the films “Żywot Mateusza” and “Austeria” and the unforgettable Gustlik from the series “Czterej pancerni i pies”. The information was provided by Radio dla Ciebie.

Franciszek Pieczka was born on January 18, 1928 in Godów in Upper Silesia. He obtained the diploma of the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw in 1954. He took his first steps as an actor on the stages of theaters, among others. Teatr Dolnośląski in Jelenia Góra and the People’s Theater in Nowa Huta.

At the same time, he made his film debut. In 1954 he played in Andrzej Wajda’s “Pokoleń”, in 1960 in Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s “Mother Joan of the Angels”, and in 1964 in “The Saragossa Manuscript” by Wojciech Jerzy Has.

The year 1966 was a real breakthrough for Pieczka, when the shooting for the series “Czterej pancerni i pies” (“Four Tankers and a Dog”) (1966-1970) began. As Gustlik Jeleń, a crew member of the “Rudy” tank, together with incl. With Janusz Gajos, Włodzimierz Press and Roman Wilhelmi, he won the audience’s sympathy.

While working on the set of the series, Pieczka also appeared in films by Henryk Kluby – “Chudy i inne” (1966) and “The Sun Rises Once a Day” (1967). He received excellent marks for his performance in the poetic “Życie Mateusz” by Witold Leszczyński (1967), where he created the tragic figure of an oversensitive man with a child’s soul.

The film oeuvre of Pieczka also includes the performances of, among others, in “Perle w koronie” by Kazimierz Kutz (1971), “Wesele” by Andrzej Wajda (1972), “Chłopach” by Jan Rybkowski (1973). Pieczka also played the memorable roles of the old Kiemlicz in Jerzy Hoffman’s “The Deluge” (1974) and the German manufacturer Muller in Wajda’s “The Promised Land” (1974).

He also performed, among others in “Blizna” by Krzysztof Kieślowski (1976) and – as the innkeeper Tag – in “Austeria” by Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1982). In 1993 he played in Jan Jakub Kolski’s “Jańcie Wodnik”, and in 2001 he played the role of St. Piotr in the adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s “Quo vadis” by Kawalerowicz. In recent years, the audience watched Pieczka in the role of Stach Japycz in the television series “Ranch”.

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In 2011, Franciszek Pieczka was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding services to the national culture. In 2015, he was awarded the Polish Eagle Film Award for Achievements of Life.

In 2017, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle.

Last year, the Polish Filmmakers Association honored the actor with a Special Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association for lifetime achievement.

In April 2022, he informed that he would not appear on stage or in film anymore (PAP)

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