Zbigniew Suszyński, a popular film, theatre and voice actor, born on 26 July 1961 in Rypin, Poland. While still a child, he attended classes at the local youth club, where he first became interested in theatre and poetry.
In 1987 Suszyński graduated from the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television, and Theatre in Łódź Acting Faculty. He made his theatre debut in 1986 as Orlando in As You Like It, staged by Teatr Studyjny’83 in Łódź. In 1987 he started cooperation with the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź, and then with several theatres in Warsaw, i.e. the Nowy Theatre, Scena Prezentacje, Tadeusz Łomnicki Na Woli Theatre and Współczesny Theatre, where he has been performing since 1993.
His first TV series was Jan Serce (1981). Following a few minor supporting parts, e.g. in Ślady wilczych zębów (The End of the Lonely Farm Berghof) (1983), Sam pośród swoich (Alone Among His Own) (1985), and Prywatne śledztwo (Private Investigation) (1986), he rose to prominence with his portrayal of the protagonist in Ostatni dzwonek (Last Call) (1989). The film, directed by Magdalena Łazarkiewicz, won the Full-length Feature Debut Contest at “The Young and Film” Festival in Koszalin in 1989.
Suszyński has since starred in numerous films, including full-length productions such as Samowolka (A.W.O.L.) (1993) and Pożegnanie z Marią (Farewell to Maria) (1993). Another milestone in his career was the part of Scorpio in Młode wilki (Smugglers) (1995) Dir. Jarosław Żamojda. Two years later, the film’s prequel, Młode wilki 1/2 (Smugglers 1/2), was produced, with Suszyński portraying a gangster once again. In 2000 the actor played in Andrzej Wajda’s Wyrok na Franciszka Kłosa (Franciszek Kłos’ Death Sentence) (2000) and the cult E=mc2 (2002).
Zbigniew Suszyński is also well known for his roles in TV series, including Ucieczka z miejsc ukochanych (Escape from Beloved Places) (1987), 40-latek. 20 lat później (Being Forty. Twenty Years Later) (1993), Klan (Clan) (1997- 2019), Samo życie (Such is Life) (2002-2010), Na Wspólnej (On Wspólna Street) (2003-2019), Pierwsza miłość (First Love) (2004- 2019), Prawo Agaty (True Law) (2014), Barwy szczęścia (Colours of Happiness) (2015), Druga szansa (Second Chance – What Matters Most?) (2016) Leśniczówka (lit. Forester’s Lodge) (2018-2019), and Ślepnąc od świateł (Blinded by the Lights) (2018).
Through his roles in E=mc2 and Młode wilki (Smugglers), and his portrayal of the lawyer in Adam i Ewa (Adam and Eve) TV series, he is perceived as a villain in the Polish cinema.
He has lent his voice to more than 200 films, TV series, and computer games. His voice can be heard in the most-popular productions, including all parts of Shrek, in which he voiced Prince Charming, and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Madagaskar (Madagascar) (2005), Epoka Lodowcowa 2 (Ice Age: The Meltdown) (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Hotel Transylwania (Hotel Transylvania) (2012), Łotr 1: Gwiezdne wojny – Historie (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) (2016), and Tarzan: Legenda (The Legend of Tarzan) (2016).