Emil F. Feist was born on January 7, 1924,in Groß Peterwitz, Germany. The the son of Robert and Mary Feist. He went to the local elementary school then as an adult Feist worked as a administrative employee and circus clown. From 1952 he worked as "Manege August" at the Swiss National Circus Knie.
In 1969, Feist found work as an actor. Due to his height of 4 feet 3 inches and his professional experience, he often appeared on the stage, in films and on TV playing clowns, jesters and acrobats. He participated in several successful international productions including his only Euro-western “My Name is Nobody” (1973), Ingmar Bergman's “The Serpent's Egg” (1977), Volker Schlöndorff's Oscar award winning film “The Tin Drum”, Paul Mazursky's comedy “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984), and Jean-Jacques Annaud's “Name of the Rose” (1986). He also starred in television productions as the Doctor of Georg Büchner's ‘Woyzeck’ and as King Peter in Büchner's ‘Leonce und Lena’.
Today we celebrate Emil Feist’s 90th birthday.