Not that he left much time for himself – aside from starring in films Bodo launched two production companies, wrote seven screenplays and penned five soundtracks. In 1939 he opened Café Bodo, a trendy Warsaw drinkery that became an important source of income for actors who found themselves out of work. The café was eventually requisitioned by the fascists to serve as a German-only establishment, prompting Bodo to head east to Soviet controlled Lwów (current day Lviv). It was here he joined the Tea Jazz band led by Henryk Wars (who would later go on to write the music to Flipper), though he soon found himself on the wrong side of the law. Arrested by the NKVD for alleged espionage, Poland’s biggest star of the inter-war period found himself packed off to the Gulag. The end of his life is as foggy as the start, with several contradictory accounts of his death. Depending on who you believe he either starved to death, was executed or died from exhaustion, but most sources agree he passed away on October 7, 1943.