Last Updated: 23 Mar, 2023 | Views: 98
Other Profession(s): Painter, Visual Artist, Mime Artist, Clown
Famous For: Master Of Silence (Legendary mime)
Higher Education: Charles Dullin's School of Dramatic Art
Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a world-renowned French mime artist and actor. Known for his iconic character "Bip the Clown," Marceau's performances were characterized by his ability to convey emotions and stories through body language and facial expressions. He was also a humanitarian, using his art to raise awareness and support for various causes. Marceau's legacy continues to inspire and influence performers around the world.
Marcel Marceau Career:
1944: Marcel Marceau joined the French Resistance during World War II and adopted his stage name, Marceau, as a way to hide his Jewish identity from the Nazis.
1946: Marceau began studying mime under the tutelage of Étienne Decroux, a French actor and mime artist.
Marcel Marceau Debut Movie: In 1947, Marceau made his professional debut as a mime at the Théâtre de Poche in Paris.
1948: Marceau formed his own mime company, the Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, and began touring internationally.
1955: Marceau created his most famous character, Bip the Clown, a sad, white-faced clown who became his signature role.
1959: Marceau performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, becoming the first mime to perform at the venue.
1961: Marceau performed for John F. Kennedy at the White House.
1978: Marceau founded the École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris, a school for mime artists.
Marcel Marceau Movie:
Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
Silent Movie (1976)
The Last Laugh (1977)
Valentin de las Sierras (1978)
La Guerre des Polices (1980)
Marcel Marceau Awards:
Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1970
National Order of Merit in 1974
Emmy Award for his television special "Marcel Marceau on Stage" in 1978
Grand Prix National des Arts de la Rue in 1998
Israel Prize in 2001
Praemium Imperiale in 2002
Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2003
Marcel Marceau Facts:
Marceau learned the art of mime from his father, who was a butcher and amateur mime artist.
During World War II, Marceau joined the French Resistance and helped smuggle Jewish children out of France to Switzerland.
Marcel Marceau cause of death:
2007: Marcel Marceau died on September 22, 2007, in Cahors, France, at the age of 84.
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