Ryszard Ronczewski, a longtime actor
of the Wybrzeże Theater, died in Sopot, Poland on October 17, 2020. A theater
and film actor Ronczewski contracted coronavirus. He was 90 years old. Ronczewski
was born on June 27, 1930 in Puszkarnia near Vilnius. He was a graduate of the
PWST in Łódź. In the years 1956-57 he was an actor of the Nowy Theater in Łódź,
and from 1957 to 1960 an actor of the Warsaw Operetta. In 1960-69 and 1970-74
he worked as the artistic director of Estrada Sopot. In the 1960s, together
with Alina and Jerzy Afanasjew and Janusz Hajdun, he created the Afanasjeff
Family Circus, which – next to STS and Bim-Bom – was one of the most
interesting avant-garde student theaters in post-war Poland. Ronczewski
appeared in several dozen films, incl. in: “Teutonic Knights”, “Pharonie”,
“Satan of the Seventh Class”, “About Two Who Stole the Moon”, “Bad Luck” and
“Wolf’s Echoes”. In his one Euro-western he portrayed a shaman in the 1993 TV
series “Alaska Kid”.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.