Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Philip Lenkowsky: The American actor’s grandfather was born in Łódź

“Working on set ‘A wonderful boy. White bird’ it was a fantastic experience. I consider my participation in this project to be one of the most important moments in my 45-year film career. I had the pleasure of meeting Gillian Anderson. I reminded her that we had met many years ago in Los Angeles, before ‘From X Archive’. During a scene on set ‘A wonderful boy. White bird’ I was in a rabbi costume, so she didn’t recognize me. But she was friendly and extremely polite,” he said Lenkowsky.

The actor has been living on the Vistula River for fourteen years – with his wife and teenage son. Why did he come to Poland? Because of my wife. They met in Los Angeles, were together for five years and their son was born there. They decided to come to Poland when Tymek was one year old.

“My maternal grandfather was born and raised in Łódź. He was born at the end of the 19th century, and at the beginning of the 20th century he moved to the United States. I never met him, he died before I was born. My father’s family, the Lenkowski family, also “she had an episode in Poland, but she comes from Russia,” she says in an interview with “Przegląd”.

He is a psychologist by education. He worked in a psychiatric hospital for many years. However, this did not turn out to be his calling.

“When I lived in Boston, I saw a pantomime that delighted me. Then I discovered what I wanted to do in life. I immediately signed up for a course,” he wrote in one of the entries on his social media profile.

He then worked as a clown and juggler on the streets of his native New York. Finally, he chose acting, to which he is faithful to this day.

In 1980 he got his chance. Woody Allen entrusted him with the role of a killer in “Stardust Memories”. He was 20 years old then. Then his creations deserve special attention, including: In: “Amadeus” directed by Milos Forman, and also worked on the miniseries “Dune”. He also appeared in TV hits: “The X-Files” and “Californication” and commercials for Burger King, Budweiser and Visa.

The actor’s wife is a cinematographer Monika Woźniak. It was she who persuaded him to continue his film career in her home country. And she was right.

“The professional opportunities I got here were a big surprise for me (…) What I admire most about the people I worked with here is their open mentality, mind, energy and readiness to work hard, long hours in difficult conditions (… ) I don’t think I’ll leave Poland anymore. I’ll probably die here. Hopefully not too soon,” he commented.

Polish fans could see him in “M jak miłość”. He also starred in: “The Hidden Game”, “A Grain of Truth”, “Paradox”, “Hel” and “Two Shores”.

“I have the impression that I am as much European as American,” he said in an interview for TVN24. “I prefer to work on films in Europe because there is a more family atmosphere here. People are more relaxed here,” he added.