Michael Boyer
Michael Boyer is an American actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...

 and showman who has been living the role of the Pied Piper of Hamelin
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 in Germany
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, for nearly 15 years now.http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/travel/27journeys-1.html?pagewanted=2 He lives in the legendary town with his wife and son who both have acting talent and experience.

Early years

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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, U.S.
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, Boyer soon discovered his theatrical talents to the chagrin of his teachers and relatives. He sang in school choirs, acted, was school mascot, and MC’d the school shows in his youth. The general poor finances of his family daunted his hopes of playing in the school band at the time, so that he never properly learned to play music. He was interested in learning the clarinet
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, but joined the US Army when he was 18. He opted for Germany and was stationed there for three years in the Military Police Corps. An additional seven years in the NATO civilian sector had him stationed in Comiso
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, where he began to do radio spots for the troops.

The Piper

Upon returning to Germany, he organized events and wrote for army newspapers. The official position of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was vacant and Boyer, who had been playing a comical jester in the carnival
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 season, put in for the position and was selected in 1994. Since then, he not only acts the part, but lives the legend daily in the streets of the northern German town as the local tourist attraction. His promotional tours have taken him as far as Tokyo
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, Shanghai
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, Helsinki
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, Vienna
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, and Nottingham
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 in England
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 where he convinced Robin Hood
Robin Hood
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 to join forces with the Piper and William Tell
William Tell
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 to form the Legion of Legends. He has appeared at the 50th Steuben Parade in New York City in 2007.

Film and television roles

The Pied Piper in the WDR-TV Film Immer Geradeaus - von Aachen nach Koenigsberg (2010),
The Pied Piper as YinShuRen in the Grimm Brothers Fairytale Story Competition on TVS6 in Canton
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People's Republic of China
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 (2006+2007), The Pied Piper in the Pied Piper Open-Air Play (1997–98), The Pied Piper in the film “Die Raettin” based upon the book by Guenter Grass (1997), The Pied Piper in the film Sagenhaftes Hameln, Maerchenhaftes Weserbergland (2000) winner of the Miglior Film Prize in Milan in 2001, The "Stingiest man in Germany" for Kabel-TV (1996).

Music and Video

Song - Das Hameln Lied as The Pied Piper by King Vulcano & das Orchester de l'amor,
Video - Boogie Down Hameln as The Pied Piper by KRYPTONIC Hip-Hop

External links

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