Jerzy Gruza Bio – Wiki
Jerzy Gruza was a Polish director and screenwriter, occasionally a film actor. Creator of many television programs and shows.
He was born on 4 April 1932 in Warsaw. Gruza died on 16 February 2020 at the age of 87.
He was a graduate of the Directing Department of the Film School in Łódź (1956)
Gruza starts his career, he cooperated on TVP with Bogumił Kobiel and Jacek Fedorowicz ( Let’s get to know each other, Perfect marriage, Career, Round ) programs. He directed many performances of the Television Theater, including ” Grapes of Wrath ” by John Steinbeck (1957), “School of Widows” by Jean Cocteau, monodrama “Sammy” with Zbigniew Cybulski (1962), “Bourgeois nobleman” by Molier (in 1969 Bogumił Kobiela played the last role here).
He is the director of the popular series: Wojna domowa (1965–1966), Forty-year-old (1974–1977), Ring and Rose (1986), Forty-year-old. 20 years later (1993), and the feature films: Dzięcioł (1970), Moving (1972), Motylem I’m, or a 40-year-old romance (1976).
In 1983 he became the director of the Musical Theater in Gdynia. He directed great musical hits on this stage: Fiddler on the Roof (premiere in 1984), Jesus Christ Superstar (1987), Les Misérables (1989), Man of La Mancha (1991), Soldier of the Queen of Madagascar (1991). Gruza is the author of books: 40 years have passed like one day (1998), A man with a hanger – professional and social life (2003). He was a juror in the Become Movie Star program.
On 22 July 1964, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Polish People’s Republic, he awarded the 1st-degree group state award for artistic creativity at the Television Theater. He was also a laureate of the Super Wiktor award, granted in 1993 for television work. During the gala of the 42nd Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia, he received Platinum Lions for lifetime achievement.
Wife & Children
He married three times. The first wife was Jadwiga, with whom he had a son. The second wife was the Englishwoman Natalia. The third wife was Grażyna Lisiewska, known for her role as a laboratory assistant Mariola in the series Forty Years Old. They had a son, Paweł Gruza , a lawyer.
Cause of Death
Jerzy Gruza is dead. Such information was provided by the Polish Filmmakers Association. Director, among others “Forty-year-old” and “Civil War” were 87 years old. Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński reacted to the artist’s death.
Jerzy Gruza died – film, theater and television director and screenwriter. – He died in Warsaw tonight. He was 87 – informed the Polish Filmmakers Association.
For many years, Gruza associated with Polish Television, where he created musical performances and directed TV Theater performances. He became known to a wider audience as the creator of popular films and series.