John Bird Dies: Representatives for the actor and comedian John Bird say he died at age 86. Bird got famous for his sketches with John Fortune and Rory Bremner on the satirical show Bremner, Bird, and Fortune on Channel 4. Between 1999 and 2008, the show had 16 seasons and a few one-time specials.
According to a statement about his death, the bird died “peacefully” at the Pandean care home in West Sussex. A party will honor his life after a family funeral in the new year. With their The Long Johns skits, Bird and Fortune became well-known.
In the mostly improvised set pieces, one of the two actors would always play a prominent public figure being interviewed by the other. The fictional businessman, government consultant, or bumbling politician, who was always called George Parr, would be grilled by the interviewer.
For their work on Channel 4’s Rory Bremner, Who Else?, the comedians were nominated for four Baftas and won the TV award in 1997. Bird, Bremner, and Fortune worked together on the BBC show Now Something Else.
Bremner praised his former coworker on Wednesday, calling him “one of our greatest satirists.” He said it was funny that someone who was “so good at playing ministers, civil servants, or high-ranking officials who were full of themselves” was also so humble and humble about himself.
“John Bird was never happy with himself until the end. He always thought he could have done better, worked harder, or had a late period like Brahms, “where everything was spare and abstract,” as Bremner put it.
“In reality, his friend and collaborator John Fortune and Peter Cook were all key members of the anti-establishment.” Bremner also said it was “striking” that Bird died on Christmas Eve “nearly to the day” after Fortune, who died on New Year’s Eve 2013 at 74.
“God knows, satire has missed them over the last ten years, and now that’s gone for good,” he said. “John may not have thought he did a good job with his life, but by the grace of God, he wrote it down.”
Bremner also said that seeing Bird and Fortune perform was the “highlight” of his life and that he would “wonder at the genius of it all.” The bird was born in Nottingham and went to a grammar school there. He then went to Cambridge, where he met his comedy partner Fortune.
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While there, he also directed the comedian Peter Cook and the actor Eleanor Bron in the 1959 Cambridge Footlights Revue. This was an annual show by the university comedy club, whose members included David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade, and Eric Idle.
Then, Bird became an assistant director at the Royal Court Theatre, hosted the first episode of Beyond the Fringe, led Austrian-American singer Lotte Lenya in a Brecht revue, and opened a nightclub with Cook in London and New York called the Establishment Club.
During his career, Bird also appeared in the fantasy comedy film Jabberwocky; the comedy shows Yes, Prime Minister, A Very Peculiar Practice, Chambers, and One Foot in the Grave, and the detective shows Jonathan Creek, Inspector Morse, and Midsomer Murders.
His wife, Libby, a concert pianist, and his stepsons, Dan and Josh, are the only ones who will remember him. Please tell your friends about this if you think it’s interesting. Go to Newswatchlist.com for the latest updates and news about celebrities.