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Janusz Zakrzeński

Janusz Zakrzeński
Born (1936-03-08)March 8, 1936
Przededworze, Poland
Died April 10, 2010(2010-04-10) (aged 74)
Smolensk, Russia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958–2010

Janusz Zakrzeński (March 8, 1936 – April 10, 2010) was a Polish film and theatrical actor.

Zakrzeński was born at Przededworze. He graduated from high school III LO in Wrocław, Poland, in 1953. He was an actor in the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre of Kraków (1960–1967), the Polski (1967–1974), the Nowy (1974–1984), and the Narodowy (1984–1985) theatres of Warsaw. He acted at the Polski in Warsaw from 1985 until his death in 2010. He wrote the books Moje spotkania z Marszałkiem and Gawędy o potędze słowa.

In 2008, the Polish organization Międzynarodowy Zjazd Sybiraków (World Congress of the Sybiraks) awarded him the prize "Ambassador of Sybiraks" for his role in the play Silent Scream. In 2009, the Congress also granted him the title "Ambassador of Sybiraks" for lifetime achievement.

He was awarded numerous film and state awards, including the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Zakrzeński was among those killed in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash in Smolensk.

Honours and awards

  • Gold Medal of the Gloria Artis (2010, posthumously)
  • Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2010, posthumously; previously awarded the Officer's Cross in 2009)
  • Gold and Silver Crosses of Merit (1974 and 1967, respectively)
  • Bronze Medal for his contribution to national defence (1973)
  • Order of Merit for the Nation and the Church, awarded by the Polish Roman Catholic Primate

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