Philippe Petit

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Philippe Petit (French pronunciation: ​[filip pəti]; born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his unauthorized high-wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1971 and of Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1973, as well as between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of 7 August 1974. For his unauthorized feat 400 metres (1,312 feet) above the ground – which he referred to as "le coup" – he rigged a 200-kilogram (440-pound) cable and used a custom-made 8-metre (30-foot) long, 25-kilogram (55-pound) balancing pole. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philippe Petit has received more than 7,068,023 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Philippe Petit is the 22nd most popular celebrity (down from 18th in 2019), the 874th most popular biography from France (up from 903rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Celebrity.

Philippe Petit is most famous for walking on a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

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Among celebrities, Philippe Petit ranks 22 out of 184Before him are Mary Mallon, Monica Lewinsky, Margaret Brown, Rosalia Lombardo, Rodney King, and Kim Kardashian. After him are Don King, Jacques Mayol, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, Peggy Guggenheim, Dodi Fayed, and Mary Anning.

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Among people born in 1949, Philippe Petit ranks 40Before him are Sebastián Piñera, John Belushi, George Foreman, Amin Maalouf, Linda Lovelace, and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. After him are Thaksin Shinawatra, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Joan Enric Vives Sicília, Tom Waits, Issei Sagawa, and Jarosław Kaczyński.

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Among people born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 874 out of 5,234Before him are Lorin Maazel (1930), Simon Vouet (1590), Dagobert II (650), Alexis Clairaut (1713), Hans-Georg von Friedeburg (1895), and Marie Laforêt (1939). After him are Auguste Mariette (1821), Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry (1778), Georges Bernanos (1888), Hector Guimard (1867), Fulk, King of Jerusalem (1092), and Ferdinand Cheval (1836).


Among celebrities born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 2Before him are Jeanne Calment (1875). After him are Marie Duplessis (1824), Jean-Marie Loret (1918), Joseph Meister (1876), Denise Perrier (1935), Sébastien Foucan (1974), Iris Mittenaere (1993), and Alexandra Rosenfeld (1986).

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