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Philippe Petit

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Birthday
13, 1949
Birthplace
Nemours, France
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
13, 1949 (age 69)
Birthplace
Nemours, France

About

High-wire artist who rose to fame by walking across the gap between the Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center in 1974. He was the star of the Ringling Brothers Circus for a time, but preferred to work independently.

Before Fame

His fascination with the circus and his love of juggling both developed during his childhood years. He also mastered fencing, carpentry, rock-climbing, bullfighting, and equestrianism.

Trivia

He was the subject of director James Marsh's documentary film, "The Man on the Wire," from 1994.

Family Life

His father was an army pilot and an author residing in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France, when he was born.

Associated With

His image appeared on the cover of an album produced by Brandon Boyd's band, Incubus.