Jacek Koman

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Jacek Koman
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Born (1956-08-15) 15 August 1956 (age 64)
Alma materNational Film School in Łódź
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Catherine McClements (c. 1990–present)

Jacek Koman (born 15 August 1956) is a Polish-Australian actor and singer.

Early life[edit]

Koman was born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, to actors Halina Koman (née Dobrowolska; born 3 January 1923[1]) and Adam Koman (24 December 1922 – 1 December 2005[1]), and came to Australia in 1982 with his brother Tomek. They landed in Perth before heading over to Melbourne, where he began acting again.[2]

Koman attended the National Film School in Łódź, where he studied acting alongside Małgorzata Potocka, Andrzej Szczytko and Piotr Skiba (1974-78). His first professional stage appearance was as Lysander in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Bielsko-Biała in 1978.[3]


In Melbourne, Koman met his partner, Australian actress Catherine McClements, in the late 1980s at the Anthill Theatre. They now have two children together – Clementine Coco (born July 2001) and Quincy (born May 2007). The couple have worked together a number of times, including films Redheads and Floodhouse, as well as an episode of Rush in 2009, and theatre productions Cruel and Tender (2005), Macbeth (2003), The Blind Giant is Dancing (1995) and Angels in America (1994).

In 2011, he was nominated for an AACTA award for his guest performance in Spirited.[4] In 2012, he appeared as "The Great Hypno" in the Australian television series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. In 2013, he returned to the stage after an eight-year absence, in Tom Holloway's translation of Durrenmatt's Dance of Death at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Music career[edit]

Koman is also the lead singer[5] of VulgarGrad,[6] a Melbourne band who play Russian-style music and who formed in 2004.


Theatre work[edit]

  • The Emigrants (1987, The New Dolphin Theatre, Perth)
  • The Hope (1987, The Arts Centre, Melbourne and The Playhouse, Perth)
  • Moliere aka The Cabal of Hypocrites (1988, Key Studios, Melbourne) – Brother Strength
  • The Imaginary Invalid (1989, Anthill Theatre, Melbourne) – Cleante
  • The Maids (1989, Anthill Theatre, Melbourne) – Solange
  • Angels in America (1994, The Playhouse, Melbourne) – Roy Cohn
  • Blue Murder (1994, Belvoir St Theatre Downstairs, Sydney) – Blue
  • Hamlet (1994, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Claudius
  • The Blind Giant is Dancing (1995, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Ramon Gris
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1998, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Azdac
  • As You Like It (1999, Belvoir St Theatre) – Jacques
  • The Marriage of Figaro (2000, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Figaro
  • Emma's Nose (2001, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Wilhelm Fliess
  • Endgame (2003, Sydney Theatre Company) – Hamm
  • Macbeth (2003, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2004, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – Nick Bottom
  • Cruel and Tender (2005, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney) – The General


  1. ^ a b "FilmPolski.pl". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ The Quiet Man, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 December 2002.
  3. ^ "Jacek Koman profile". Encyklopedia teatru polskiego (in Polish). Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ 2011 Nominees, AACTA.org; accessed 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Band Biography". vulgargrad.
  6. ^ Marcus, Richard. "Music Review: VulgarGrad - King Of Crooks". seattle pi. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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