Saturday, June 17, 2017

RIP Mieczysław Kalenik

Polish actor Mieczysław Kalenik HAS died, played Zbyszka from Bogdaniec


Mieczysław Kalenik has died, an actor known for his role as Zbyszko from Bogdaniec in "The Knights" by Alexander Ford. Information about the actor's death was given by his daughter Magdalena Kalenik. The artist died, June 16 in Międzyrzec Podlaski. He was 84 years old.

Mieczysław Kalenik was born on January 1 1933 in Międzyrzec Podlaski. The actor made his debut in 1957 in the musical "Kiss Me, Kasia" by Jerzy Rakowiecki according to Shakespeare's "Taming the Shrew". During his studies he also played several episodic roles, including: In films: "Generation", "Captain Martens's Treasure", "Hours of Hope", "Warsaw Siren". But he gained real fame in 1960 when he played one of his most important roles - Zbyszko from Bogdaniec in "The Teutonic Knights" by Alexander Ford.

When Alexander Ford prepared the "Teutonic Knights", many young actors dreamed of Zbyszek's role in Bogdaniec. I had to give up my dream because I read that Bogusz Bilewski was supposed to play it. However, fate decided otherwise. When I went to the SPATiF Club, I saw three men from the film crew. One of them, the production manager, having learned that I was an actor, invited me to a short conversation with Ford. This one, watching me carefully, asked if I would like to play "Teutonic Knights" - he recalled Kalenik years later.

The actor also played, among others. "First Day of Freedom", "Life Again", "Everything for Sale", "Kazimierz Wielki" and - in the late 90s - Stolnik in "Pan Tadeusz".

Six years ago, in an interview with Krzysztof Lubczyński, the actor admitted that he had fulfilled himself as an artist - although he had been told for a long time that he could only play the role of Zbyszko from Bogdaniec. - After this role (...) Alexander Ford gave me a role in the film "The First Day of Freedom" by Leon Kruczkowski, where I played Otton, the rapist, and it was a completely different role from Zbyszko. I really like this role. So I was acting as an actor, but never dreamed of a role, the proverbial Hamlet. In the aftermath of the "Teutonic Knights," Ludwik Sempolinski told me: "If it was before the war, no one would let you go, you would have everything," Kalenik said.

Mieczysław Kalenik died on Friday in his native Międzyrzec Podlaski. He was 84 years old.

KALENIK, Mieczyslaw
Born: 1/1/1933, Międzyrzec Podlaski, Lubelskie, Poland
Died: 6/16/2017, Międzyrzec Podlaski, Lubelskie, Poland

Mieczysław Kalenik’s western – actor:
Tecumseh – 1972 (General Brook)

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