“A man died so lonely that there is no one to bury him.” He became an actor by accident
- Grzegorz Komendarek was born on December 13, 1965. Viewers knew him as a serial cook. This was his real profession
- Komendarek became an actor by accident. Initially, he was only a cook in the restaurant where “Złotopolski” was recorded
- Director Radosław Piwowarski, however, one day gave him a “real task” and from then on Komendarek played in the series “Złotopolscy” for 12 years
- The cook and actor died on September 21, 2014 in a car accident. After his death, sad facts came to light. “A man so lonely died that there is no one to bury him,” Agata Gabriel told reporters
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Although the fate of the Złotopolski and Gabriel family entertained TVP2 viewers for years, not everyone may know that the series may not have appeared on the air at all. It all started in 1997, when the TVP station announced a competition for a new telenovela. Three series competed in this competition — “Clan“, “Enchanted” and “Złotopolscy“. After the broadcast of the pilot episodes in a special plebiscite, viewers did not choose “Złotopolskie” but “Klan”, which went to TVP1. “Złotopolskie”, who took second place, was sent to production, but for TVP2. the history of the series, in which many well-known actors and actresses appeared, including Piotr Machalica, Bartłomiej Topa, Anna Dereszowska, Malgorzata Socha if Ewa Kasprzyk.
Among them, quite by chance, there was also Grzegorz Komendarek, who in the series played the role of Grześ, a cook in Marta Gabriel’s restaurant (Ewa Ziętek).
Although viewers thought that Grzegorz Komendarek only played a cook, in fact it was cooking for people that he had been doing for a long time.
He was a real cook in the restaurant where we had picturesand one day Radosław Piwowarski gave him a real job in “Złotopolskie”. Grzesio played once, twice, third time… and he played with us for several years
— mentioned in 2014 Małgorzata Raszek-Zaliwska, one of the directors of the series, in an interview with “Fact”.
Thanks to the popularity that Komendarek gained with the role of Grześ in “Złotopolskie”, he also appeared as a guest in other series. A professional chef and a member of the National Association of Chefs and Confectioners, he appeared in such productions as “For Good and Bad”, “Hela in Opały” and “Rodzinka.pl”.
Although he was cheerful on the screen, in private Komendarek struggled with diseases that prevented him from functioning normally. For years he struggled with diabetes, and shortly before his death he was infected with sepsis. “In the summer he said that he was unable to take up any work because he was too weak. In the fall he was strong enough to go to the Chicken Soup Festival” — betrayed Raszek-Zaliwska in the aforementioned interview. “And just returning from this event, he died in a car accident” — described.
Grzegorz Komendarek died on September 21, 2014 in a car accident on his way back from the aforementioned 4th Rosoł Festival in Łapanów, Lesser Poland, during which the star of “Złotopolskie” was the chairman of the jury.
The car driven by the hired driver suddenly skidded and hit the guard rails with great force. The front of the car was crushed, and Grzegorz Komendarek and the accompanying author of culinary books, Hanna Szymanderska, died on the spot.
Although Komendarek spent 12 years on the set of “Złotopolskie”, he did not make any friends there. After his death, it quickly turned out that he had no one close to him in his life.
Although we played with Grzegorz Komendarek in one series, I never had the opportunity to get to know him better. I can’t imagine being so lonely. I am shaken by this case. A man has died so lonely that there is no one to bury him. terrifying. I have no words
— Aleksandra Woźniak, who played Agata Gabriel in “Złotopolskie”, confessed to “Fact”.
The actor’s parents died many years earlier, as did his sister, who died tragically abroad, and his only friends were dogs. The funeral was organized by Małgorzata Raszek-Zaliwska, who appealed on Facebook to collect money for this purpose. Krzysztof Komendarek, the cook’s cousin, also helped.
Thanks to the involvement of a colleague from the set, the funeral ceremony not only took place, but also many of Komendarek’s friends came to it, including members of the cast of “Złotopolskie” and the National Association of Chefs and Confectioners.
Source: filmpolski.pl, fact.pl, Onet
Creation date: Today, 11:29
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