Marcel Marceau, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Marcel Marceau

French mime and actor

Date of Birth: 22-Mar-1923

Place of Birth: Strasbourg, France

Date of Death: 22-Sep-2007

Profession: clown, actor, mime artist, painter, film actor, lithographer, circus performer, French Resistance fighter

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Marcel Marceau

  • Marcel Marceau (French pronunciation: ?[ma?s?l ma?so]; born Marcel Mangel; 22 March 1923 – 22 September 2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown".
  • He referred to mime as the "art of silence" and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years.
  • As a youth, he lived in hiding and worked with the French Resistance during most of World War II, giving his first major performance to 3000 troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
  • Following the war, he studied dramatic art and mime in Paris. In 1959, he established his own pantomime school in Paris, and subsequently set up the Marceau Foundation to promote the art in the U.S.
  • Among his various awards and honours he was made "Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur" (1998) and was awarded the National Order of Merit (1998) in France.
  • He won the Emmy Award for his work on television, was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin and was declared a "National treasure" in Japan.
  • He was friends with Michael Jackson for nearly 20 years and Jackson said he used some of Marceau's techniques in his own dance steps.

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