Philippe Petit

1949 - Today

Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit (French pronunciation: ​[filip pəti]; born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, 1971 as well as his high-wire walk 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 6,367,628 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 18th most popular celebrity.

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Among celebrities, Philippe Petit ranks 18 out of 140Before him are Simonetta Vespucci, Margaret Brown, Anna Anderson, Millvina Dean, Black Dahlia, and Monica Lewinsky. After him are Rosalia Lombardo, Kim Kardashian, Rosemary Kennedy, Don King, Peggy Guggenheim, and Jacques Mayol.

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Among people born in 1949, Philippe Petit ranks 40Before him are Sebastián Piñera, Ivana Trump, Brigitte Bierlein, Thomas Sankara, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Don Johnson. After him are Joan Enric Vives Sicília, John Belushi, Jarosław Kaczyński, Tom Waits, Ottmar Hitzfeld, and Issei Sagawa.

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Among people born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 904 out of 4,109Before him are Ivo of Kermartin (1253), John I of Aragon (1350), Bourvil (1917), Marine Le Pen (1968), Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona (1114), and William Longsword (893). After him are Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), Danielle Darrieux (1917), Hans-Georg von Friedeburg (1895), Henri Giraud (1879), Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704), and Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile (1162).


Among celebrities born in France, Philippe Petit ranks 2Before him are Jeanne Calment (1875). After him are Martin Guerre (1524) and Alexandra Rosenfeld (null).

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