“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?”
Marcel Marceau (1923 – 2007)
Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime, 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.
He was friends with Michael Jackson for nearly 20 years. Jackson said he used some of Marceau's techniques in his own dance steps.