Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Klaus Badelt to Christophe Beck
Bil Baird Biography (1904-1987)
Full name, William Britton Baird; born August 15, 1904, in Grand Island, NE;died of pneumonia while suffering from bone cancer, March 18, 1987, in New York City; son of William Hull (a chemical engineer and playwright) and Louise(Hetzel) Baird; married Evelyn Schwartz, 1932 (divorced, 1934); married CoraBurlar, January 13, 1937 (died, December, 1967); married Patricia Courtleigh,June, 1969 (divorced, 1972); married Susanna Lloyd, December, 1974 (divorced, 1984); children: (second marriage) Peter Britton, Laura Jenne; (fourth marriage) Madeleine.
- Birth Details
- August 15, 1904
- Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
- Death Details
- March 18, 1987
- New York, New York, United States
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Clyde, Flahooley, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- Also appeared in productions at the State University of Iowa, 1924- 26.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; ALL AS PUPPETEER
- (Also director) The A&P Show, Chicago World's Fair, Chicago, IL, 1933.
- (also producer) Bil Baird's Marionettes, Chicago World's Fair, 1934.
- Horse Eats Hat, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York City, 1936.
- Dr. Faustus, Maxine Elliott's Theatre, 1937.
- The Ziegfeld Follies, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1943.
- Nellie Bly, Adelphi Theatre, New York City, 1946.
- Flahooley, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- (also producer) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Phoenix Theatre, New YorkCity, 1955.
- (also producer) Davy Jones' Locker, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1959.
- (also producer) Man in the Moon, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- Chrysler Show Go Round, New York World's Fair, Queens, NY, 1964.
- Baker Street, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1965.
- (with the New York Philharmonic) L'Histoire du Soldat, Philharmonic Hall,New York City, 1969.
- Once Upon a Dragon, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA, 1977.
- Also Pageant of Puppet Variety, 1957; Carnival of Animals, Suprise Box, both with Tim Scherman's Little Orchestra.
- PRODUCER AND PUPPETEER, ALL AT THE BIL BAIRD THEATRE,NEW YORK CITY Davy Jones' Locker, 1966.
- People Is the Thing That the World Is Fullest Of, Winnie the Pooh, both 1967.
- The Wizard of Oz, 1968.
- The Whistling Wizard and the Sultan of Tuffet, 1969.
- (also designer) Holiday on Strings, 1970.
- Peter and the Wolf, 1971.
- The Magic Onion, 1972.
- Band Wagon, Pinocchio, both 1973.
- (with Susanna Baird) Alice in Wonderland, 1975.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Puppeteer, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Tony Sarg Marionettes, U.S. cities, 1927-28.
- choreographer, Rip Van Winkle, Alice in Wonderland, Tony Sarg Marionettes, U.S. cities, 1931-32.
- producer, puppeteer, Davy Jones' Locker, Bil and Cora Baird Marionettes,India, Nepal, and Afghanistan, 1962, then Soviet cities, 1963.
- Also toured Inida and Turkey, 1970.
Credits; MAJOR CABARET WORK
- With the Baird Marionettes: Le Reuban Bleu, New York City; Persian Room,New York City; French Casino Lounge.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; ALL WITH THE BAIRD MARIONETTES SERIES
- Producer, puppeteer, Life with Snarky Parker, CBS, 1949-50.
- producer, puppeteer, The Whistling Wizard, CBS, 1952-53.
- puppeteer, The Morning Show, CBS, 1954-55.
- puppeteer, Babes in Toyland, NBC, 1954-55.
- Heidi, NBC, 1955.
- Art Carney Meets Peter and the Wolf, ABC, 1958.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, ABC, 1959.
- Winnie the Pooh, 1960.
- O'Halloran's Luck, Baird's Eye View, both 1961.
- Puppet Revue, HBO (cable), 1979. Guest: Galen Drake Show, ABC, 1957.
- Discovery '65, ABC, 1965.
- The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.
- The Jack Paar Show, NBC.
- The Mike Douglas Show, sydicated.
- Wonderama, WNEW, New York City.
- Book Talk, WNET, New York City.
- New York Illustrated, WNBC, New York City.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- Puppeteer, The Sound of Music, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965.
- Also puppeteer for U.S. government films.
- See production details above.
- Co-writer, The A&P Show.
- (story) Davy Jones' Locker.
- The Magic Onion.
- The Whistling Wizard and the Sultan of Tuffet.
- Also songs for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1955 production).
- The Art of the Puppet, Macmillan, 1966.
- Schnitzel, the Yodeling Goat, Nelson, 1965.
- Puppets and Population, World Education, 1971.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- New York Times, March 20, 1987.
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