Petri Hawkins-Byrd Biography
Petri Hawkins-Byrd (born Petri Adonis Byrd) better known as Byrd, is a television personality, known for his role as bailiff on the court program Judge Judy.
Hawkins Petri Birthday | Age
Born: 29 November 1957 (age 61 years), Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Byrd was born in the neighborhood of Graytown Road in Jacksonville, NC as the youngest of five siblings.
Byrd started work as a court officer for the Brooklyn circuit of the New York City Court System. In 1986 he’s transferred to the Family Court division in Manhattan.
It’s in this capacity that Byrd met Judge Judy Sheindlin, who was the Supervising Family Court Judge for Manhattan. In 1989 Hawkins-Byrd obtains a criminal justice degree from John Jay College.
A year later, he and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California when he went to work for the United States Marshals Service.
After graduating from Southwest High School, he attended Hostos Community College in The Bronx.
Hawkins-Byrd Marriage | Kids | Annulment
He married Felicia in 1980. The couple has four children together. The couple later separated and his wife moved with the children to the West Coast.
Petri Hawkins-Byrd Judge Judy
In 1996, when Sheindlin was offered her own TV series, Byrd writes her a congratulatory letter, saying: “If you ever need a bailiff, my uniform still fits.” Judge Judy called him at home to offer him a role, which he accepted.
To date, Byrd has been with the show for its entire run, making him the longest-running court show bailiff in history.
His main role in the show consists of introducing cases (calling the parties forward, swearing the litigants, delivering the case number), delivering materials between the judge and the litigants, dismissing the parties, and escorting them out once the case is over.
On several occasions, Byrd has had to play a larger role by controlling altercations or preventing potential altercations between the plaintiff(s) and the defendant(s).
On occasions, he has contacted litigants’ parole officers or performed drug tests. Despite his limited speaking role and commenting only when there’s an addressing by Sheindlin for the most part, Byrd is often seen supplying surly and lackadaisical nonverbal expressions or exclamations.
Byrd will tell Sheindlin where she is wrong and is almost always able to provide answers in areas that Sheindlin is unfamiliar with, such as on mathematics, used car prices, current fads, technology, computer-related subjects, etc.
Hawkins-Byrd Other Activities
When not filming the Judge Judy series, Byrd works as an event M.C, guest speaker, charity supporter, and community activist. He is the national chairman of the O.K. Program, which addresses social issues confronting black boys and young men and is on the board of the faith-based youth program Teen Center USA.
Petri Hawkins-Byrd Nomination & Awards
- Nominations: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Petri Hawkins-Byrd Net Worth
He has a net worth of $3.5 million dollars.
Petri Hawkins-Byrd Physical Statistics
Height: He has a tall height of 6 feet 2 inches(1.88m). Weight: His body weight is around 109kg(240 Ibs). Body Measurements: Still, he looks energetic and healthy in his old age.