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Philippe Petit was born on August 13, 1949 in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Man on Wire (2008), High Wire (1984) and The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009). See full bio »
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Hide Hide Show Show Actor (3 credits)
 2014 One Armed Man (Short)
Itinerant Worker
 2004/II Dans l'ombre (Short)
Le gardien du cimetière
 1995 Mondo
The Magician
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 2015/II The Walk (book "To Reach the Clouds") (completed)
 2008 Man on Wire (Documentary) (book "To Reach The Clouds")
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 1986 Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic (Documentary short) (consultant: high wire)
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 2005 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Short) (special thanks)
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 2013 Book Case TV (TV Series)
- Men on the Wire (2013) ... Himself
 1999-2013 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 10 May 2013 (2013) ... Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 6 May 1999 (1999) ... Himself - Guest
 2011 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Performance Artist and Star of 'Man on Wire'
- When Morgan Spurlock Met Mr. Brainwash (2011) ... Himself - Performance Artist and Star of 'Man on Wire'
 2009 Che tempo che fa (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode #7.21 (2009) ... Himself - Guest
 2009 The 81st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 2009 The Colbert Report (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- Philippe Petit (2009) ... Himself - Host
 2008 Man on Wire (Documentary)
 2003 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- New York: Center of the World (2003) ... Himself
 1993 National Geographic Explorer (TV Series documentary)
- Life on the Line (1993) ... Himself
 1991 Filmstunde (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Filmstunde 1 (1991) ... Himself
 1984 High Wire (Documentary short)
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 2002 World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse (TV Movie documentary)

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We live in a world where our senses are dulled by so many images, where we surrender ourselves to little robots. I hate my century, I hate what's going on around me, so I don't participate. I don't have a laptop, I don't have a cellphone, I can't send an email. I'm an imbecile! But I say that with pride. See more »


Philippe's father wanted him to enter a military career, but when he was given a magic set for Christmas at the age of six, there was no looking back. He didn't care for school (and was expelled from five of them), and ran away from home at the age of 15. In Paris he became a street performer, juggler, mime, and unicyclist, and taught himself aerialism by walking across a rope between two trees ... See more »

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