Richmond Shepard has worked in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied mime with Marcel Marceau, appeared in commercials and TV shows, and traveled the world performing solo and with mime troupes. And now, at 87, he’s the world’s oldest mime.

In the short New Yorker video above, Shepard talks about the ways being a mime affected his life—both on and off stage. Shepard, who lives in New York City, explains that being a mime taught him to appreciate the little, non-verbal interactions you share with people on the street, in an elevator, or on the train: "A lot of communication can happen in silence," he explains, "but you have to listen."

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