Marcel Marceau passed away at the age of 84 on September 22nd.
This blogger had the incredible opportunity to watch Marceau performing the character “Bip” as well as the signatures routines the mask-maker and ages-of-man at Moore Theater in Seattle in 2000. The image of the man stuck with the smiling-face mask on his head, struggling to desperately to remove it, all the while emoting only that silly grin is not one you will soon forget. From the Wikipedia article:
Of his summation of the ages of man in the famous Youth, Maturity, Old Age and Death, one critic said, “He accomplishes in less than two minutes what most novelists cannot do in volumes.”
Google video search has movies about his life and news reports.