Actor, born in Shoreditch, first came to attention at the age of 17 playing at the Cockpit in Massinger's 'The Renegado'. Playing female roles into his twenties, In 1637 he joined 'Beeston's Boys' at Drury Lane, and formed a further alliance with that theatrical family by wedding Anne Beeston. He joined thew King's Men the following year, but later sued them for not receiving his proper share when they were disbanded by the Puritans during the Civil War. In 1652, along with his brother-in-law William Beeston, he acquired a share of the Salisbury Court playhouse where discreet performances were held during the Interregnum, notwithstanding at least one raid by Government soldiers. He became father-in-law to the actor Michael Mohun, and resumed his career in full swing when theatres were re-opened at the Restoration. Pepys commented on an accident Bird suffered in 1662, breaking a leg while fencing during a performance of 'Aglaura'. He died in London the following year and was buried in the parish in which he had lived for all of his adult life.
St Giles in the Fields Churchyard
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
Plot: churchyard, unmarked
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Aug 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29322585