Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)

MarceauFamous mime Marcel Marceau died yesterday at age 84. 🙁

From CNN:

Marceau died Saturday in Paris, French media reported.

Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, Marceau, notably through his famed personnage Bip, played the entire range of human emotions onstage for more than 50 years, never uttering a word. Offstage, however, he was famously chatty. “Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop,” he once said.

A French Jew, Marceau survived the Holocaust — and also worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children.

His biggest inspiration was Charlie Chaplin. Marceau, in turn, inspired countless young performers — Michael Jackson borrowed his famous “moonwalk” from a Marceau sketch, “Walking Against the Wind.”

LINK to Google Video: Marceau being celebrated by his fans in 1961

2 thoughts on “Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)”

  1. a terific artist died… thank you Ryan for posting this, especially the picture with a hoop. Thanks that I found a video of Marceau using a hoop on google video. Nice

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