Philippe Petit is a French daredevil and tightrope walker who gained international stardom for his remarkable tightrope-walking performances across the globe, most notably his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. He is widely regarded as one of the most famous tightrope walkers of all time.
His life was the subject of the 2015 3D film The Walk. He was portrayed in the film by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Besides tightrope walking, he is also an accomplished writer, fencer, jockey and bullfighter.
He once broke several ribs after falling 45 feet during a practice walk.
He started wire-walking at the young age of 16. According to him, his family didn’t directly support him when he began a career as a tightrope walker.
is a famous French tightrope walker,
who was born on
August 13, 1949. As a person born on this date, Philippe Petit is listed in our database as the 19th
most popular celebrity for the day (August 13) and the 104th most popular for the year (1949).
People born on August 13
fall under the Zodiac sign of Leo, the Lion.
Philippe Petit is the 824th most popular Leo.
Aside from information specific to Philippe Petit's birthday, Philippe Petit is the 195th most famous French.
In general, Philippe Petit ranks as the 9798th
most popular famous person of all time.
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