Marcel Marceau Biography (1923-)

Born March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, France; son of Charles (a butcher) and Anne (Werzberg) Mangel; married Huguette Mallet (an actress; divorced); marriedElla Jaroszewicz, June 16, 1966; children: Michel, Baptiste, and two daughters. Avocational interests: Painting, poetry, fencing. Career: Pantomimist. Barrault-Renaud Company, member of company, 1946-49; Compagnie deMime Marcel Marceau, Paris, France, founder and director, 1949-; International School of Mime of Paris Marcel Marceau, director. Created the personalityof "Bip" the clown. Military service: French Army; also served with French underground forces, 1944. Member: Academie des Beaux Arts (Paris), German Academy of Arts and Letters, Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste (Munich,Germany). Awards, Honors: Deburau Prize, 1948, for Mort Avant l'Aube; Emmy Award, outstanding achievement by an individual performer in music or variety, 1955, for Your Show of Shows; shared Emmy Award nomination, best variety or musical program, 1968, for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; Medaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, 1987; honorary doctorate, Princeton University, 1981; named Grand Officer of the Order of Merit, 1998; officer, French Legion of Honor; commandeur des Arts et Lettres de la Republique Francaise; honorary D.Univ., University of Oregon; Gold Medal, Czechoslovak Republic; honorary doctorates from Linfield College, Ohio State University, andUniversity of Michigan. Addresses: Office: Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, 32 rue de Londres, 75009 Paris, France.

Birth Details
March 22, 1923
Strasbourg, France

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Baptiste, Barrault-Renaud Company, 1946
  • Praxitele and the Golden Fish, Barrault-Renaud Company, Sarah Bernhardt Theatre, 1946
  • Bip Goes to the Park, Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, 1947
  • Bip et Fille des Rues, 1947
  • Bip et l'Oiseau, 1948
  • Mort Avant l'Aube (also known as Death before Dawn), 1948
  • The Fair, 1949
  • The Flute Player, 1949
  • The Overcoat, Studio des Champs-Elysees, 1951
  • Un Pierrot de Montmartre, Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau, Studiodes Champs-Elysees, Paris, 1951
  • Moriana and Galvan, 1952
  • Les Trois Perruques, 1953
  • Un Soir aux Funambles, 1953
  • The devil (speaking role), A Soldier's Tale, Stratford ShakespeareFestival, Stratford, Ontario, 1955
  • An Evening of Pantomime, Phoenix Theatre, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, both New York City, c. 1955
  • La Parade en Bleu et Noir, 1956
  • Le 14 Juillet, 1956
  • Le Mont de Piete, 1956
  • Le Loup de Tsu Ku Mi, 1956
  • Le Petit Cirque, 1958
  • Les Matadors, 1959
  • Paris Qui Rit, Paris Qui Pleure, 1959
  • Marcel Marceau and His Compagnie de Mime, New York City Center Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Marcel Marceau, New York City Center Theatre, 1963
  • Don Juan, 1964
  • Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Vierry, New York City CenterTheatre, 1965
  • Candide, Ballet de l'Opera Hambourg, Hamburg, Germany, 1970
  • Marcel Marceau, New York City Center Theatre, 1973
  • Public Garden, Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College ofthe City University of New York, New York City, 1995
  • Appeared in a solo show in New York City, 1955-56. Toured as a pantomimist all over the world, including Southeast Asia, Russia, Europe, Africa, Australia, China, Japan, and South America.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Candide, Ballet de l'Opera Hambourg, Hamburg, Germany, 1970
  • Film Appearances
  • Mic-Mac, 1950
  • The Overcoat, 1951
  • Pantomimes, 1954
  • Un Jardin Public (also known as A Public Garden), 1955
  • Die Schoene Luegnerin (also known as La Belle et l'Empereur), 1959
  • Es, Atlas, 1966
  • Professor Ping, Barbarella (also known as Barbarella: Queen ofthe Galaxy), Paramount, 1968
  • Old man and Malcolm Shanks, Shanks, Paramount, 1974
  • Himself, Silent Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Mime, Paganini, 1989
  • La Constellation Jodorowsky, 1994
  • Also appeared in First Class.
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1956
  • The Chevy Show, NBC, 1956
  • The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, NBC, 1959
  • The Victor Borge Show, NBC, 1963
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, NBC, 1968
  • Appeared on Your Show of Shows.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Pantomimes, 1954
  • A Public Garden, 1955
  • Le Mime Marcel Marceau, 1965
  • The World of Marcel Marceau, 1966
  • Scrooge, A Christmas Carol (also known as Scrooge), BBC, 1973
  • Funny Faces (special), HBO, 1983
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 23rd Anniversary (special), NBC, 1985
  • The Montreal International Comedy Festival (special), 1988
  • (With Jean Dorcy, Etienne Decroux, and Jean-Louis Barrault) A la Recontre de la Mime et des Mimes, [Neuilly-sur-Seine, France], 1958translationby R. Speller and Pierre de Fontnouvelle published as The Mime, R. Speller, 1961
  • The Marcel Marceau Alphabet Book, Doubleday, 1970
  • The Marcel Marceau Counting Book, Doubleday, 1971
  • The Story of Bip (self-illustrated children's book), Harper (New York City), 1976
  • Other books include La Ballade de Paris et du Monde (art work); Les Reveries de Bip (lithographs); Les 7 Peches Capitaux (lithographs); Pimporello; and The Third Eye (lithoprint).

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Authors, Volumes 85-88, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1980.
    • Martin, Ben, Marcel Marceau, Master of Mime, Penguin, 1979.
    • Dance, March 1998, p. 76.
    • UNESCO Courier, May 1998, p. 47.
    • Marcel Marceau,*

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