Bil Baird


Birthday August 15, 1904

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Grand Island, NE

DEATH DATE Mar 18, 1987 (82)

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Puppeteer who became known around the world for his many creations, including Charlemane the Lion.

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.


His puppets were seen all over the world, including Russia, and appeared in five Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades.

Family Life

He and his wife were responsible for The Lonely Goatherd puppetry sequence in 1965's The Sound of Music.

Associated With

He created Pinnochio's expandable nose for the 1968 Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the famous story starring Peter Noone.