Acclaimed movie and theatre actor passes away at 97

Emil Karewicz, a popular Polish actor during the communist era, died on Wednesday at the age of 97, the Union of Polish Stages’ Artists (ZASP) reported.

“We are very sorry to report that over last night Emil Karewicz, an outstanding film and theatre actor, died at the age of 97,” ZASP announced.

Mr Karewicz was born in 1923 in Vilnius, then Poland, today the capital of Lithuania. During WWII he was a member of the Second Polish Army. He marched as far as Berlin with the army. Soon after the war he started his acting career.

Among his most recognisable roles was the Polish King Władysław Jagiełło in “Knights of the Teutonic Order”, a film adaptation of a book, Nazi German officer Hermann Brunner in “More Than Life at Stake” series and another Nazi German officer SS-Obersturmführer in the film “How I Unleashed World War II.”

The career of Mr Karewicz also included performances in theatres in Warsaw, Gdańsk, northern Poland and Łódź. He was also in the cast of many TV theatre plays.