Today is the 97th birthday of the French mime Marcel Marceau. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.
NAME: Marcel Marceau
OCCUPATION: Actor, Artist
BIRTH DATE: March 22, 1923
DEATH DATE: September 22, 2007
EDUCATION: Ecole des Beaux-Arts
PLACE OF BIRTH: Strasbourg, France
PLACE OF DEATH: Cahors, France
REMAINS: Buried, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France
ORIGINALLY: Marcel Mangel
Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Officer of the Légion d’honneur
Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris
BEST KNOWN FOR: Marcel Marceau was best known for his work as a mime artist in France.
Mime artist. Marcel Mangel was born March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, NE France. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and with Etienne Decroux. In 1948 he founded the Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, developing the art of mime, becoming himself the leading exponent. His white-faced character, Bip, based on the 19th-c French Pierrot, a melancholy vagabond, is famous from his appearances on stage and television throughout the world.
Among the many original performances he has devised are the mime-drama Don Juan (1964), and the ballet Candide (1971). He has also created about 100 pantomimes, such as The Creation of the World. In 1978 he became head of the Ecole de Mimodrame Marcel Marceau.
Marcel Marceau died on September 22, 2007 in Cahors, France.
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (8-Nov-2007) · Himself
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (11-Sep-2003) · Himself
Kinski Paganini (1989)
Silent Movie (16-Jun-1976) · Himself