Mime Marcel Marceau Is Dead

'Bip' entertained millions without uttering a sound
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2007 6:57 AM CDT
French pantomime Marcel Marcel in Los Angeles.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The world's most famous mime, Marcel Marceau, died yesterday in Paris at 84. The beloved French performer traveled the globe to entertain millions with the agile movements of his dancer's body and the joy and pathos of his white-face expressions. "Mime, like music, knows neither borders nor nationalities," he once said. Uttering not a word on stage, he was famously garrulous off it, reports the AP.

Marceau created the character of Bip, the sad clown with a flower in his hat, 60 years ago. He grew up in Lille, where his father, a butcher who sang baritone, was killed by the Nazis. He joined the Resistance and later studied acting. He established his reputation as a mime of the first degree in the famous French film "Children of Paradise."