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    Renowned Polish Actor Jerzy Stuhr Passes Away at 77

    Jerzy Stuhr, a distinguished figure in Polish theater, film, and literature, has passed away at the age of 77. The news was confirmed by his son, Maciej Stuhr, and Barbara Kwiatkowska from the National Old Theatre in Kraków. Stuhr had been battling health issues, including a heart attack a few years ago and laryngeal cancer.

    Born in Kraków, Jerzy Stuhr graduated in Polish philology from Jagiellonian University and later completed his acting studies at the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków. He began his illustrious acting career on the stage of Kraków’s Old Theatre, debuting as Belzebub in Adam Mickiewicz’s “Dziady.” His talent soon led him to the film industry, where he also made a name for himself as a director.

    Stuhr collaborated with prominent directors such as Andrzej Żuławski, Jerzy Gruca, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Feliks Falk. He became widely recognized for his roles in “Sexmission,” “Decalogue X,” “Camera Buff,” and “Without Anesthesia.” His portrayal of Commissioner Ryba in the films “Kiler” and “Kiler-ów 2-óch” earned him widespread popularity.

    In 1990, Stuhr became the rector of the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków and was later honored with the title of Professor of Theatre Arts. He debuted as a film director in 1994 with “List of Lovers,” and his 1997 film “Love Stories” received acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. His final directorial work was the 2014 film “Citizen.”

    Jerzy Stuhr’s passing marks the end of an era for Polish cinema and theater, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered and celebrated for generations.

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