Daniel Olbrychski (born 27 February 1945) is a Polish actor best known for leading roles in several Andrzej Wajda movies.
Olbrychski was born in Łowicz, Poland. He played one of the leading roles in Volker Schlöndorff's rendering of Nobel-prize awarded German writer Günther Grass's book "Die Blechtrommel" (The Tin Drum). He also appeared in one of the ten short films in Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Decalogue, and had a small role in the film adaptation of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
In 1986 Olbrychski received the French Legion of Honor (L'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). In 2007 he received the Stanislavsky Award at the Moscow International Film Festival for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school.
In addition to acting, Olbrychski has been well known for his abilities as an athlete. A keen horse-rider and very able with the sabre, Olbrychski personally performed most of the stunt-scenes in his movies.
He is the father of two sons, Rafal Olbrychski (actor, born 26 February 1971) by Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska, and Viktor by German actress Barbara Sukowa. He also has a daughter named Weronika