Paris, France - Inspired by the silent movies as well the Italian Renaissance and theatrical styles of ancient Greece, there was more behind the man in white makeup and gloves in a black and white shirt than met the eye. With his strangely silent movements of walking against the wind or pulling on an invisible rope, Marcel Marceau was a theatrical genius of our time. A humble man, he rarely let others see the patriot behind the mask, his other service to his country.
It is little known fact that Marcel Marceau was a WWII hero. He was initially stationed at the Magino line during the Nazi Germany invasion, which was circumvented by Hitler's generals as the Wehrmacht headed into Belgium and France.
Once Marcel Marceau realized this, however, he jumped out from behind the stationary battlements and began to entertain his fellow French troops by impersonating the German forces.
"He actively encouraged his comrades to shoot at him up, lifting their morale," said a French WWII historian. "That allowed them to return home telling their family and friends that at least they fired a shot trying to repel the German invasion."
Unfortunately, his impression of invading German forces was so convincing, it resulted in the surrender of an entire French division that day.
Later, after the fall of the Third Republic, he joined up with the French Resistance and bravely took on a battlefield commission as chief disinformation officer.
He single-handedly misdirected a German Panzer tank battalion lead by an SS Officer by posing as a country road sign redirecting them back behind their supply lines. There, still following Marcel Marceau directions, they shelled their own ammunition depot convinced it was a French orphanage. Hitler later personally liquidated the entire battalion for treason.
Shortly thereafter Marcel Marceau was captured and sent briefly to a Concentration Camp before being liberated by allied forces.
There he spent the remainder of the war entertaining fellow camp captives of gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and Jews by impersonating a French seven-course meal nightly, much to their delight.
"He always insisted that was his most convincing role ever," said a close friend of Marcel Marceau. "To his dying day he proudly carried the scars to prove it."
The burial of Marcel Marceau was delayed, however, at the request of his personal physician after a mistakenly issue a death certificate just six months ago when he mistaken took for dead. Only to discover Marcel Marceau was impersonating the newly elected 2006 Democratic majority Congress, acting on their election campaign promises to their electorate for a his final farewell tour of American he was planning just before his death.
That tour was cancelled due to his failing health, and the U.S. State Departments denial of his Visa application upon discovering he was French.
Per his final instructions, Marcel Marceau's body will be laid to rest is a quite place. His white gloves and make-up, however, will be cremated, and their ashes spread across parks, public squares and open-air markets throughout Paris.