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There is so much buzz about Phillip Petit with minimal mention of Rudy Omankowsky, Jr. Ben Kingsley does an excellent job of portraying his character in the movie, The Walk.   However, there’s much more to “Papa Rudy”, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring you a little history about this legend and his family.

Rudolf Omankowsky, Sr. was born in Czechoslovakia. He learned the art of tightrope walking and owned his own circus. Rudy married Anna Tříska and together they had 3 children, Rudy Jr., Berty, and Lili.  All three became tightrope walkers and preformed under the name, Le Diables Blancs, “The White Devils”.  Omankowsky was the patriarch of a successful group of wire walkers who performed in France and throughout Europe.  The above historical picture was shot when Rudy’s daughter, Berty married Roger Decugis, in a ceremony conducted on high wires above the streets…

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