The world’s best-known mime artist, Marcel Marceau, has died at the age of 84. The French performer was known around the world for his silent portrayal of the white-faced clown Bip, created in 1947. In his striped pullover and battered hat, Bip became his alter-ego. Marceau performed all over the world to spread the “art of silence”.
Born in Strasbourg in 1923, Marceau was inspired by silent era actors like Charlie Chaplin, and studied under mime master Etienne Decroux in Paris. When World War Two came, his father was taken hostage and later killed by the invading Nazis. In 1944, Marcel joined his elder brother in the Resistance, and later joined the French Army. Marceau, who was married three times, leaves behind four children.