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SpouseKate Bosworth, Jo Strettell
FactHis father is of part Austrian ancestry, and his mother's family is Mexican.

Michael Polish is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for directing the films Twin Falls Idaho (1999), Northfork (2002), The Astronaut Farmer (2006), Jackpot (2011), Big Sur (2013), and Gemini (2018).

Polish was born in 1970 in Berkeley, California, the son of Polish immigrants. He grew up in San Francisco and attended high school at the prestigious Lowell High School. He then studied film at the University of Southern California.

Polish’s debut film, Twin Falls Idaho (1999), was a critical and commercial success. The film, about conjoined twins, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Polish’s second film, Northfork (2002), was a less successful but still well-received film about a small town in Montana that is being relocated due to the construction of a dam.

Polish’s third film, The Astronaut Farmer (2006), starred Billy Bob Thornton as a farmer who builds his own rocket ship in order to go to space. The film was a box office success and received positive reviews from critics.

Polish’s fourth film, Jackpot (2011), was a dark comedy about a group of friends who win the lottery and then turn on each other. The film was not a commercial success but received positive reviews from critics.

Polish’s fifth film, Big Sur (2013), starred Josh Lucas as Jack Kerouac in a film adaptation of Kerouac’s novel of the same name. The film was not a commercial success but received positive reviews from critics.

Polish’s sixth film, Gemini (2018), is a crime thriller about a Hollywood starlet who is murdered and her assistant who becomes the prime suspect. The film has received positive reviews from critics and is currently in theaters.

Polish is married to actress Kate Bosworth and they have two children together.

General Info

Full NameMichael Polish
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film producer, Cinematographer, Screenwriter


SpouseKate Bosworth, Jo Strettell
ChildrenJasper Polish
SiblingsMark Polish


AwardsIndependent Spirit John Cassavetes Award
NominationsIndependent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, ALMA Award for Outstanding Director of a Feature Film, Gotham Open Palm Award
Movies90 Minutes in Heaven, Big Sur, The Astronaut Farmer, Northfork, Amnesiac, Twin Falls Idaho, Hot Bot, For Lovers Only, Stay Cool, Jackpot, The Smell of Success, Some Kind of Hate, Hellraiser: Bloodline, The Good Thief, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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1(On Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)) Maybe it was because they are more cartoonish. They were framed differently, their particular way of close-ups. The music was more on top of the picture than any others, played so much into character that it identified certain instruments with people. That's what I thought a Western should be. If someone asked me what my favorite Western was, I'd say, "Leone", and people were cracking a smile.


1His father is of part Austrian ancestry, and his mother's family is Mexican.
2Engaged to Kate Bosworth [August 8, 2012].
3Brother-in-law of Wendy Polish.
4Uncle of Logan Polish.
5Real-life daughter, Jasper Polish, appeared in his movie, The Astronaut Farmer (2006).
6His twin brother, Mark Polish, has been his co-writer, producer, and acted in the Polish brothers' films.
7Identical twin brother of Mark Polish




Hot Bot2015completed
90 Minutes in Heaven2015completed
Big Sur2013
For Lovers Only2011
Stay Cool2009as Ted Smith
The Smell of Success2009as Larry Smith
The Astronaut Farmer2006
Twin Falls Idaho1999


Hot Bot2015co-writer completed
90 Minutes in Heaven2015screenplay completed
Big Sur2013screenplay
The Smell of Success2009written by
The Astronaut Farmer2006written by
Northfork2003written by
Jackpot2001written by
Twin Falls Idaho1999written by


Hot Bot2015producer completed
Big Sur2013producer
For Lovers Only2011producer
The Astronaut Farmer2006producer


The Bridge of San Luis Rey2004Esteban
The Good Thief2002/IBertram
Twin Falls Idaho1999Francis Falls
Hellraiser: Bloodline1996Twin Cenobite #1
Some Kind of Hate2015Jack Iverson


Hot Bot2015completed
For Lovers Only2011


Twin Falls Idaho1999performer: "Wish" / writer: "Wish"


Memories of My Melancholy Copy Machine2007Short special thanks


Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bareknuckle Film Making: The Making of Northfork2003Video documentary shortHimself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2003City of Athens AwardAthens International Film FestivalNorthfork (2003)
2003German Independence Award - Audience AwardOldenburg Film FestivalNorthfork (2003)
2002John Cassavetes AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsJackpot (2001)
2001New American Cinema AwardSeattle International Film FestivalJackpot (2001)
1999Audience AwardAthens International Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Jury Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Fun Radio TrophyDeauville Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999CinéLive AwardDeauville Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)

Nominated Awards

2013ARRI/OSRAM AwardMunich Film FestivalBest International FilmBig Sur (2013)
2011German Independence Award - Audience AwardOldenburg Film FestivalFor Lovers Only (2011)
2009Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureStay Cool (2009)
2003Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalNorthfork (2003)
2000ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Director of a Feature FilmTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First Feature - Over $500,000Twin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Open Palm AwardGotham AwardsTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)
1999Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalTwin Falls Idaho (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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