The late Bremner, Bird and Fortune star John Bird left a fortune of around £1.2 million to his two stepsons.
John Bird leaves bulk of his £1.2 million fortune to his two stepsons The comedian left £10,000 to his alma mater King’s College, Cambridge
Comedian John Bird has left almost £1.2m to his two stepsons when he dies in December 2022, his will has revealed.
Bird, who became famous for his satirical television appearances, was best known for the Channel 4 sketch show Bremner, Bird and Fortune.
The comedian, whose will has just been published, died aged 86 at a care home near his home in Midhurst, West Sussex, on Christmas Eve last year.
He asked for her body to be cremated but left no specifics in the will about what should be done with her ashes.
Bird left a legacy of £10,000 to King’s College, Cambridge, where he took an English degree after leaving school, and left the rest of the fortune to his stepsons.
John Bird (pictured) left the bulk of his £1.2million fortune to his two stepsons, Daniel and Josh Crandon
The comedian rose to fame appearing with impressionist and comic Rory Bremner and fellow satirist John Fortune on Bremer, Bird and Fortune.
The bulk of the £1.2 million fortune has now been left to his two stepsons, Daniel and Josh Crandon, the children of his third wife Libby Crandon, who died in 2012, a concert pianist.
Bird was most famous for his double act with John Fortune where one would be the interviewer and the other would play the interviewer whose increasingly ridiculous position would quickly unravel during the interrogation.
Rory Bremner said in the wake of Mr Bird’s death: ‘It is an irony that one of our greatest satirists, so brilliant at portraying ministers, civil servants or high-ranking officials, who exuded complacency, was himself so modest and self-effacing.
‘John Bird, to the end, was never satisfied with himself, always feeling that he should have done better, been less lazy, late like Brahms, ‘where everything was extra and abstract’.
John Bird (left) with Rory Bremer (centre) and John Fortune (right) famed for starring in Bremer, Bird and Fortune
‘The reality was that he and his friend and associate John Fortune, along with Peter Cook, were pillars of the anti-establishment.’
Bird and Fortune was nominated for four BAFTAs, winning one in 1997. Bird, Bremer and Fortune also collaborated on the BBC shows Now Something Else and The Rory Bremner Show.
Bird appeared in the film Jabberwocky and in comedy shows including Yes, Prime Minister and One Foot in the Grave.
Bremner added: ‘They understood that the real satire lay not in ad hominem attacks on politicians but in exposing the ambiguities behind ‘market order’ and a culture of privatization where chief executives were rewarded for success and equally compensated for failure.’
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