Roman Polanski Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Roman Polanski Net Worth 

Roman Polanski has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Director Roman Polanski is known for his films, the charges against him of statutory rape and for his wife’s murder by followers of Charles Manson. He earns most of his income from film production. 

Roman Polanski, born Raimund Polanski on August 18, 1933, in Paris, moved to Hollywood in 1968, making his American film debut with the classic Rosemary’s Baby. Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult in 1969, and Polanski was charged with six criminal counts of having sexual relations with a minor in 1977.

To calculate the net worth of Roman Polanski, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Roman Polanski
Net Worth: $50 Million
Monthly Salary: $1 Million
Annual Income: $12 Million
Source of Wealth: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Writer

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Early Life in Europe

Raimund Polanski was born in Paris, France, on August 18, 1933. He moved to his father’s hometown of Krakow, Poland, when he was three years old. His parents were imprisoned in various Nazi concentration camps beginning in 1941, and his mother died in Auschwitz. To avoid deportation, Polanski lived with various Polish families until 1944, when he was reunited with his father.

Early Films

As a teenager, Polanski developed his acting skills in radio plays and films. In 1954 he enrolled in the Polish National Film Academy in Lodz, where his work consisted of short films and documentaries. After graduating, he appeared in a number of films, including Lotna (1959), Innocent Sorcerers (1960) and Samson (1961) by the famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda.

‘Knife in the Water,’ ‘Repulsion’

Knife in the Water, his first feature-length film, was released in 1962. Following international acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film, Polanski was able to bring his films to a wider audience. The following year, he relocated to London, where his next film, the psychological thriller Repulsion (1965), was equally well received by critics and audiences.

‘Rosemary’s Baby’

Polanski moved to Hollywood in 1968, making his American film debut with Rosemary’s Baby, a classic thriller starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.

Wife Sharon Tate’s Murder

Despite his blossoming film career, Polanski was devastated in 1969 when his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by members of the Manson “Family.” Polanski’s lifelong experience with extreme violence was frequently reflected in his films, which tended to focus on the darker themes of alienation and evil — most notably, in the modern film noir Chinatown (1974), starring John Huston, Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway.

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Sexual Abuse Case

Polanski was charged with six counts of having sexual relations with a minor in 1977. The alleged act occurred in Jack Nicholson’s home with a 13-year-old girl. When the highly publicized case was brought to trial, both Nicholson and his longtime girlfriend, actress Anjelica Huston, testified against Polanski. Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and was subjected to a six-week psychiatric evaluation at a California state prison. Despite the fact that additional criminal charges were still pending against him, Polanski fled the country after his release. While authorities were not actively looking for him, he faced the prospect of prison if he returned to America.

Return to Filmmaking


Polanski traveled to Europe and eventually settled in Paris, where he made the critically acclaimed film Tess (1979)-an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles. In the 1980s, he concentrated on acting, appearing in productions such as Amadeus (1981) and Metamorphosis (1988).

‘Death and the Maiden’

Polanski returned to the big screen with the intense thriller Frantic (1988), starring Harrison Ford and Betty Buckley, and the erotic drama Bitter Moon (1992), starring Hugh Grant and Polanski’s current wife Emmanuelle Seigner. Both projects were critical failures, but Polanski reestablished himself with Death and the Maiden, a film adaptation of Ariel Dorfman’s play, in 1994. Polanski directed the supernatural thriller The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp, in 1999. The film received a lukewarm critical and commercial reception.

Oscar Win for ‘The Pianist’

Polanski made a successful comeback in 2002 with The Pianist, a critically acclaimed Holocaust drama that won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Polanski received a surprise Best Director Oscar nomination for the film, but was unable to attend the ceremony due to his criminal indictment. Adrien Brody, the film’s star, won an Oscar for his performance as well.

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‘Oliver Twist’

Following The Pianist, Polanski stated that he was eager to make a film that his children would enjoy. His next project was a 2005 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, starring Ben Kingsley. Despite a strong cast, the film underperformed at the box office and received lukewarm reviews from critics.

‘The Ghost Writer,’ ‘Venus in Fur’

The Ghost Writer, a political thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, was released in 2010 and marked the beginning of a productive decade for the director. He then directed the dark comedy Carnage (2011), the erotic Venus in Fur (2013), and the psychological thriller Based on a True Story, all of which starred Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.

Legal Problems and Sexual Abuse Fallout

Polanski was on his way to receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival in 2009 when he was detained by Swiss police on a long-standing warrant for his sexual activity with the 13-year-old girl in 1977. Following a legal battle over his extradition, the Swiss eventually denied the US request. Polanski was later honored at the festival with the premiere of the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir in 2011.

Another US extradition request was denied in 2015, this time in Poland.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled the director in May 2018 because of their new ethical standards based on the #MeToo movement.

Despite the fact that Polanski did not attend France’s César Film Awards ceremony in February 2020, he became the story of the night when an actress and two others walked out in protest of his best director and best adapted screenplay wins for the film An Officer and a Spy.

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