Marian Łącz

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Marian Łącz
Personal information
Full name Marian Mikołaj Łącz
Date of birth (1921-12-05)5 December 1921
Place of birth Rzeszów, Poland
Date of death 2 August 1984(1984-08-02) (aged 62)
Place of death Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1939 Resovia Rzeszów
1944–1945 Sokół Rzeszów
1945 Lechia Gdańsk 5 (13)
1946–1949 ŁKS Łódź 63 (55)
1950–1956 Polonia Warsaw 35 (28)
International career
1949–1950 Poland 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Marian Mikołaj Łącz (5 December 1921 - 2 August 1984) was a former Polish international footballer who played as a forward, and later a theater and film actor.

Football[edit]

Born in Rzeszów,[1] Łącz started his footballing career with his local team Resovia Rzeszów.[2][3] The outbreak of World War 2 put his footballing career on hold until 1944, when he started playing for Sokół Rzeszów with his brother, Tadeusz.[4] In 1946 he moved to Gdańsk to play for Lechia Gdańsk. He made his Lechia debut on 9 September 1945 against WKS 16 Dyw. Gdańsk in a 9–1 win.[5] While being Łącz's first game for the club, it was also the club's first ever competitive game.[6] He spent 6 months with Lechia, during which time he made 10 appearances and scored 25 goals, scoring six hat-trick in his 10 games and finishing as the club's top scorer for the season.[7] After his time with Lechia he joined ŁKS Łódź. He had a successful time with ŁKS putting in good performances which got him the attention of the Polish media at the time.[8] He helped ŁKS Łódź achieve promotion to the top division in 1948, playing in the I liga for ŁKS in 1949. During his time at ŁKS he proved himself to be a valuable forward finishing as the top scorer in 1948 with 17 goals and 1949 with 18 goals. In 1950 Łącz moved to Warsaw to join Polonia Warsaw, a decision partly made due to Warsaw having the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy.[9] While with Polonia he again showed his goal-scoring prowess, finishing as the club's top scorer in 1951 and 1952. In 1952 Polonia were both relegated from the I liga and won the Polish Cup, beating rivals Legia Warsaw in the final 1–0.[10] It is documented that at times while playing for Polonia he was substituted before half-time so he was able to meet his acting commitments at the theater.[11] He continued to play for Polonia in the II liga until he retired to focus on his acting career in 1956.[12]

Łącz made three international appearances for Poland, making his debut on 8 May 1949 against Romania. The other two games came in 1950, against Hungary and Czechoslovakia, with all three of his international caps coming in defeats for Poland.

Acting[edit]

He started acting in 1945, performing in the Rzeszów theater. He moved to Łódź and studied at the National Film School in Łódź, eventually moving to Warsaw to perform and study at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy.[13] After retiring from football his acting roles became more prevalent. He mainly retired from acting in 1981, but held small roles until his death in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

His father was an officer in the army and his mother worked in theater. He had a brother, Tadeusz, who was a footballer, and had two sisters. His daughter, Laura Łącz, is an actress.[14]

Honours[edit]

Polonia Warsaw

  • Polish Cup: 1952

Filmography[edit]

A list of TV shows and films Łącz has had a role in.[15]

Year English Title Role Notes
1949 Black Glazing WOP patrol commander Film
1955 Podhale in Fire Wawrzek Film
1956 Revenge servant of Rejent Film
1956 Shadow Stefan Film
1958 Eighth Day of the Week Bandit Film
1958 Fatal Mistake Jean TV
1958 What Rekna Zena Florczak Film
1959 Thousand Talars tsarist gendarme &
paramedic in helicopter
Film
1959 Volatile Corporal Film
1960 Return drunk man Film
1960 Colourful Stockings gymnastics teacher Film
1961 Difficult Marriage instructor officer Film (short)
1961 Against Gods driver of Karol Doroń Film
1962 The Two Who Stole the Moon peasant Film
1962 My Old PE teacher Film
1962 Gangsters and Philanthropists police officer &
professor
Film
1963 Too Bad Moustache Łukasz TV
1963 Youngster police officer Film
1963 Bathed in Fire Platoon Tomala Film
1963 "Yokmok" partner of the metastasis organizer Film
1964 Meeting with a Spy PKS driver &
Zygmunt
Film
1964 Conscience Account driver Film
1964 Please Enter, the Door is Open Oleś TV
1964 Candide soldier TV
1964 Combat Colours "Whip" Film
1965 Three Steps on Earth ambulance drive Film
1965 Jihad Zakrzewski Film
1965 Sixth of July sentry TV
1965 A Stake Larger than Life Wacek TV
1965 Underground Front casino bartender TV
1965 Last Day, First Day driver TV
1966 Civil War singing policeman TV
1966 Christmas Evening veteran Film
1966 We Love Mirrors driver Film
1966 Boxer celebrating man Film
1967 Death to Pears soldier TV
1967 A Stake Larger than Life undercover guard TV
1967 Paris to Warsaw without a Visa Lieutenant Henryk Lipiński Film
1967 A Month in the Countryside Matwia TV
1967 When Love was a Crime prisoner Film
1968 Evening Outside the Home salesman TV
1968 Berlin Direction Platoon Walasek Film
1968 Dancing at Hitlers Accommodation tourist at hotel Film
1969 Last Days Platoon Walasek Film
1969 Kollokacja butler TV
1970 Holiday with Spirits policeman TV
1970 Adventure of a Dog, Civil officer conducting dog training TV
1970 Brutus Action porter in the hotel Film
1971 Kill Black Sheep sharp Film
1971 Across Country man in action for firefighters TV film
1971 Problem Guest trunk driver TV
1971 Black Notes sergeant TV
1972 I Want to get Married Orski TV
1973 Your King mechanic TV film
1973 Marian Caps Malvolio TV
1973 Janosik robber Słowak TV
1974 Victory Platoon Walasek Film
1974 The Most Important Day of Life Jan Chwalko TV film
1974 Janosik robber Słowak Film
1975 Lighter Head TV
1975 A Great Man for Small Interests butler TV
1975 Kazimierz the Great Stanisław Film
1975 Horsztyński courtier TV
1976 Polish Roads Ułan Iwaniuk TV
1976 Brunet in the Evening Andrzej Film
1977 Doll soldier TV
1977 Love or Quit Jan Pawlak Film
1977 Girl and Boy gamekeeper TV
1978 What Will You do to Me if you Catch Me worker at the station Film
1978 Green Love worker TV
1978 Footprint on Earth laborer TV
1980 Home Mr. Misiek TV
1980 The Sinful Life of Franciszek Buła Ficek Film
1981 Bear collector Film
1981 White Tango Teresa's father TV
1982 Calcine Krzemień TV
1983 Alternatives 4 Władysław Matraczak TV
1984 Pan in Żuławy peasant TV

A list of TV shows and films in which Łącz was part of the cast, but not as an acting role.[16]

Year English Title Notes
1957 Guests at Dusk Film
1960 Fear has Big Eyes TV
1962 Broken Bridge Film
1962 Uncle Wania TV
1963 Closed Town TV
1965 Escape and Return TV
1965 Captain from Köpenick TV
1966 Hard Knock TV
1966 Wild Palm TV
1967 Romeo with Samara TV
1967 Four Friends from Silent Street TV
1969 Volunteer TV
1973 Great Ballouse Love TV
1975 Feel Combined Film
1977 Return of Members TV
1977 Holiday Makers TV
1984 Love from the Hits Film

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