(22 March 1923 – 22 September 2007)Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, Marcel Marceau, notably through his famed personage Bip the Clown, 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.
That statement is VERY true! I was once a mime! Now that I'm out of my box I talk nonstop!
A French Jew, Marceau survived the Holocaust — and also worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children, Marcel started miming as a way of keeping children quiet as they were escaping to neutral Switzerland
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.”