- John Bird (actor)
name = John Bird
birthdate = birth date and age|1936|11|22|df=y
Nottingham, United Kingdom
satirist, actorand comedian
John Bird (born
22 November 1936) is an English satirist, actorand comedian.
Nottingham, England, Bird briefly joined the Socialist Party of Great Britain, while still at school. [ [http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/june04/others.html others ] ] He was educated at King's College, Cambridge(where he was to first meet John Fortune), he became well-known during the television satire boom of the 1960s, appearing in " That Was The Week That Was", the title of which was coined by Bird. Bird was intended by Ned Sherrinfor Frost's role in the series, but was committed elsewhere. He also appeared in the television programmes " Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life", " A Very Peculiar Practice" and " My Father Knew Lloyd George", as well as in "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball".
John bird played Raymond, a nervous, stuttering boy in Dennis Potter's play Blue Remembered Hills, in 1979.
During the 1970s, when
Idi Aminwas at the height of his infamy, Bird starred on a popular recording (" [The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin|The Colleckerted " [sic] " Broadcasts of Idi Amin] ") based on Alan Coren's anti-Idi "Punch" columns.
He played the Director of the British
National Theatrein an episode of the BBC situation comedy"Yes, Prime Minister" broadcast in 1988 and appeared as a newspaper editorin the political drama" To Play the King" in 1993.
From 1990 to 1992, Bird starred in eighteen episodes of the television detective series, "
El C.I.D.", set in Spain. The series was serious rather than comedy-based, and co-starred Alfred Molinain the first two series and Amanda Redmanin the third. The series was created by "Clapperboard" presenter Chris Kelly.
Bird starred as John Fuller-Carp, a barrister, in the BBC radio and television sitcom, "Chambers". He also stars in the
BBC Radio 4and BBC Twoseries "Absolute Power" with Stephen Fry.
"Bremner, Bird and Fortune"
He is best known in the UK for his work with
John Fortuneand Rory Bremner. In their famous series of sketches, "The Long Johns", one of the Johns interviews the other in the guise of a senior figure such as a politician or businessman. Their appearances together in series such as " Bremner, Bird and Fortune" have won several awards.
*cite book|title=The Long Johns|author=Bird, John and Fortune, John|publisher=Hutchinson|location=London|year=1996|id=ISBN 0-09-180216-4
*imdb name|id=0083392|name=John Bird
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