William Britton "Bil" Baird was an American puppeteer of the mid- and late 20th century. One of his better known creations was Charlemane the lion. He and his wife Cora Eisenberg Baird produced and performed the famous puppetry sequence for "The Lonely Goatherd" in the film version of The Sound of Music. His son Peter Baird, was also a puppeteer, and he continued his family's legacy until his own death in July 2004. He wrote The Art of the Puppet and also provided the puppets for Dark Shadows. Baird also created the expandable nose Peter Noone wore as Pinocchio in the 1968 musical adaptation of the Carlo Collodi story that aired on NBC as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special.
|Born:||August 15, 1904, Grand Island, Nebraska|
|Died:||March 18, 1987, Manhattan, New York City U.S.|
|Spouse(s):||Cora Eisenberg Baird|
|IMDb:||Bil Baird's IMDb|
About Bil Baird
Puppeteer who became known around the world for his many creations, including Charlemane the Lion.
Bil Baird Before Fame
He fell in love with puppets when he was only eight, after his father made a string puppet for him. He began creating his own when he was 14.
Achievement of Bil Baird
His puppets were seen all over the world, including Russia, and appeared in five Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades.
Bil Baird Family Life
He and his wife were responsible for The Lonely Goatherd puppetry sequence in 1965's The Sound of Music.
Associations of Bil Baird
He created Pinnochio's expandable nose for the 1968 Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the famous story starring Peter Noone.
Information related to Bil Baird
- Entertainers from Nebraska
- American puppeteers