Polish actor Wojciech Pszoniak dies aged 78

Wojciech Pszoniak, a renowned Polish theatre and film actor, died on Monday morning at the age of 78.

Born in Lviv, Mr Pszoniak worked as an actor in three of Poland's most famous theatres: The Old Theatre in Krakow, the National Theatre in Warsaw and the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw.

His international career began with the role of Moryc Welt in Andrzej Wajda's "The Promised Land". He also had parts in other prominent Wajda films: "The Wedding", "Danton" and "Korczak". In total, he appeared in around 100 films.

In the 1980s, Wojciech Pszoniak left for Paris, where he continued to work in theatre. In 2008, he was awarded the French Officer's Order of Merit for "contributing to the development of Polish-French relations in the field of culture," and ten years later he became a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.