10 Interesting Marcel Marceau Facts

Saturday, July 5th 2014. | People

Marcel Marceau Facts provide the interesting information about the famous mime and French actor. He always uses Bip The Clown as his stage persona. His mime was very wonderful. He often called this art as the art of silence. Here are facts about Marcel Marceau:

Marcel Marceau Facts 1: life span

Marceau was born on March 22, 1923. He passed away on September 22, 2007.  His career spanned for more than 60 years.

Marcel Marceau Facts 2: French Resistance

When Marceau was young he had to hide because of World War II. However, in the liberation of Paris in August 1944, he had great performance in front the troops. Then he decided to learn more about mime and dramatic art in Paris after the war was over.

marcel marceau and jackson

marcel marceau and jackson

Marcel Marceau Facts 3: pantomime school

He created a pantomime school in Paris in 1959. Then he established Marceau Foundation to promote the art in the U.S.

Marcel Marceau Facts 4: awards

He had collected some precious awards. In 1998, Marceau was awarded with Grand Officer de la Légion d’Honneur.  He also earned National Order of Merit in France. His work in the television also earned him an Emmy award.

marcel marceau Face

marcel marceau Face

Marcel Marceau Facts 5: Japan

Marcel Marceau was not only famous in European and US, but also in Japan. The country considered as him as a National treasure. He was also included as a member in the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin.

Marcel Marceau Facts 6: place of birth

Marceau was not his real name. He was born with the full name Marcel Mangel in Strasbourg. Even though he lived in France, his family was Jewish. Therefore, he had to hide during World War II.

marcel marceau facts

marcel marceau facts

Marcel Marceau Facts 7: parents

Marcel was a son from Charles Mangel and Ann Werzberg. Both worked as a kosher butcher.

Marcel Marceau Facts 8: Michael Jackson

Marceau was a good friend of the late Michael Jackson for at least 20 years. Jackson stated that his dancing steps were inspired by Marceau technique. Check Michael Jackson facts here.

Marcel Duchamp Pic

Marcel Duchamp Pic

Marcel Marceau Facts 9: Marcel’s father

It must be a hard time for Marcel’s family during World War II. His father could not survive because he was captured and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.
He died there. But his mother was survived.

Marcel Marceau Facts 10: Marceau

Marceau was chosen as his and his brother’s last name instead of Mangal because they wanted to refer it to the general of French revolution François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers.

marcel marceau

marcel marceau

Marceau wanted to become a mime when his mother took him to watch Charlie Chaplin movie when he was 5 years old. He was amazed with Chaplin. Are you interested reading facts about Marcel Marceau?

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