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The "Ski" surname in American Movies


EbonyandBathory 5 | 249  
16 Feb 2008 /  #1
Have you ever noticed that in American movies people with a "Ski" surname (Zalinski, Kowalski) they are always some sort of side character or comic relief. Like a clumsly scientist or mooseheaded strongman. I understand that "Bondski, James Bondski" just doesn't sound as cool and I'm not accusing Hollywood of some anit-Polish agenda, but isn't that interesting? I know, in "The Break Up" Vince Vaughn is constantly wearing Polish stuff and has the last name Grobowski but that may be the sole exception, and that's a comedy, he's not an action hero or a spy or anything. Maybe Anglo-Saxon names like Bruce Wayne and Indiana Jones are just more pleasing to American ears. Plus could you imagine this line of dialogue: "You know it's strange, Superman is never in the same room as Clark Kentowski?"
osiol 55 | 3,922  
16 Feb 2008 /  #2
What about the Big Lebowski?
I've never seen it by the way.

Jones

Welsh, even though there is no J in Welsh.
OP EbonyandBathory 5 | 249  
16 Feb 2008 /  #3
Oh, yeah, I forgot about Lebowski. But that isn't a heroic character either. Thanks.
Dice 15 | 452  
17 Feb 2008 /  #4
There was Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" played by young Marlon Brando. Stellaaaaaa!



PS. Big Lebowski rulz!
OP EbonyandBathory 5 | 249  
17 Feb 2008 /  #5
Another good point. I had forgotten about that as well. Thanks.
Eagle20 16 | 119  
17 Feb 2008 /  #6
The 'ski' I remember most is 'Kowalski' in 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'. (Not sure if he was in the movie version)
osiol 55 | 3,922  
17 Feb 2008 /  #7
'Kowalski'

A name also used in Vanishing Point. I only know of this film from the Primal Scream song named after it.
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
17 Feb 2008 /  #8
Have you ever noticed that in American movies people with a "Ski" surname (Zalinski, Kowalski) they are always some sort of side character or comic relief. Like a clumsly scientist or mooseheaded strongman.

No. What movie?
espana 17 | 910  
17 Feb 2008 /  #9
snow man is in town!!!!



sledz 23 | 2,250  
17 Feb 2008 /  #10
No. What movie?

maybe the slowskis?
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
17 Feb 2008 /  #11
maybe the slowskis

lol

snow man is in town!!!!

Hey hey hey!!
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
17 Feb 2008 /  #12
Hurumph,James Bond...American Movie....Hurumph pish and piffle :)
Must admit though ,youve reminded me of the old BBC sketch show,"the fast show",they had a running skit,parodied hollywood crime movies of the 30s/40s, " The Unpronouncables" loads of cops,never getting to the end of each others or barkeep/newsboys/whatevers names because they were all long zcisziezyzchiekszowoskii type names :)
plk123 8 | 4,150  
17 Feb 2008 /  #13
there was also Warszawski name unsed in a show but i can't recall what it was.. it was a chick's name. also the main characters in the deer hunter have polish last names.

What about the Big Lebowski?
I've never seen it by the way.

you should.. it's good..
osiol 55 | 3,922  
17 Feb 2008 /  #14
Starski & Hutch?
Okay, so if it ends in -y it doesn't count?
Eagle20 16 | 119  
17 Feb 2008 /  #15
Not a 'ski',

Polish-American detective show - Banacek
plk123 8 | 4,150  
17 Feb 2008 /  #16
has anybody ever seen "the bar fly"? it is about Bukowski
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
17 Feb 2008 /  #17
also the main characters in the deer hunter have polish last names

Russian names,hence the big onion domed churches and katusya being played at the wedding
plk123 8 | 4,150  
17 Feb 2008 /  #18
oopsy.. damn, you're right.. it's been a while since i've seen it.
OP EbonyandBathory 5 | 249  
17 Feb 2008 /  #19
The dimwitted Rick Moranis character in "Honey I shrunk the kids" is named Wayne Szalinski.
kioko - | 84  
18 Feb 2008 /  #20
"Hack" - tv series - main character named Mike Olshansky played by David Morse
davidpeake 14 | 451  
18 Feb 2008 /  #21
my wife always points out that in some American sit-coms or movies the bad guys always seem to have Polish surnames, whats with that?

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