Tomasz Knapik (16 September 1943 – 6 September 2021) was a Polish film, radio and television reader, doctor of electrical engineering by education, lecturer at the Faculty of Transport of the Warsaw University of Technology. He was called legendary in the voice-over translation field in Poland.
|Died||6 September 2021 (aged 77)|
|Resting place||Powązki Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Warsaw University of Technology|
|Occupation||Film, radio and television reader|
He started his media career at the radio station Rozgłośnia Harcerska. Then he worked in the Polish Radio (mainly in Trójka) and the Telewizja Polska (TVP). While working at TVP, he read live foreign films as a voice-over and materials for the Telewizyjny Kurier Warszawski. At the beginning of the 1990s, when Poland saw the greatest boom in videotapes, he read many films issued by official distributors. He also happened to read films published by pirate companies. Among all the films he read, there were many classics of action cinema, as well as a lot of B-class and C-class movies. He was a regular employee of such Polish distributors as: Imperial, Vision, Best Film, NVC VIM, ITI Home Video, Artvision and many others.
In 1995 he was employed on a permanent basis by Polsat television, where he became the station's main reader, he read almost all films and series, as well as trailers announcing their broadcasts. In 1996 he returned to work with Polonia 1, where he was a reader in the programs: Pełnym gazem, Escape, Nie tylko na weekend and Fachowiec radzi.
In 2005, he was one of the main lectors in films and series on Tele 5. Also in the same year, he was the lecturer in the controversial Heyah mobile advertisements. He also read in many election advertisements of various political parties, including the controversial National Revival of Poland. In 2005–2007, he read in the TVN24 Kronika filmowa program. In 2006 he was a co-host of the TV program Re:akcja on TVP1. He was a lector in the program Uwaga! Pirat on TVN Turbo and Stop drogówka on TV4.
- "Tomasz Knapik". Filmweb (in Polish).
- "Tomasz Knapik nie żyje. Zmarł legendarny lektor filmowy" (in Polish).
- dr inż. Tomasz Knapik
- "Tomasz Knapik nie żyje. Legendarny lektor miał 78 lat". rozrywka.blog (in Polish). 6 September 2021.
- "Nie żyje Tomasz Knapik. Legendarny lektor miał 77 lat". naEKRANIE.pl (in Polish).
- "Tomasz Knapik: Nigdy nie pracowałem jako lektor czy spiker na etacie, wiecznie z doskoku". gazetapl.
- Gorliwość w życiu nie popłaca! Rozmowa z Tomaszem Knapikiem. "Gazeta Olsztyńska", 2015-05-09/10.
- S.A, Wirtualna Polska Media (25 January 2012). "Tomasz Knapik". film.wp.pl.
- "Tomasz Knapik nie żyje. Konrad Szołajski: Ta osobowość i to, jak on te filmy czytał, jak umiał to opowiadać, z nami zostanie". Kultura.gazeta.pl (in Polish).
- "Historia : Media Student 2015". web.archive.org. 5 March 2016.
- "Doom [PC] - retro" – via www.youtube.com.
- "Tomasz Knapik miał jednego syna. Znasz go z anteny TVN24". plejadapl. 6 September 2021.
- "Tomasz Knapik został pochowany na Starych Powązkach w Warszawie. Słynnego lektora pożegnało kilkaset osób". PolskieRadio24.pl (in Polish).