Roman Polanski, Oscar-winning director and onscreen slasher of Jack Nicholson's nose, is born in Paris in 1933. Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965) and Cul-de-sac (1966) preceded his move to Hollywood, where he made an auspicious American debut with Rosemary's Baby (1968). Following a retreat to Europe after girlfriend's Sharon Tate's murder in 1969, Polanski returned to America to make what is perhaps his finest film, Chinatown (1974), featuring a chilling cameo by the director that concludes with the aforementioned nose-slashing. A statutory rape conviction in 1978 exiled him to anywhere-but-America. Career highlights since were Tess (1979) and The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Oscar for Best Director.