The longest running bailiff in a court show, Petri Hawkins-Byrd is a big name in all across the country. The 59-years-old African-American actor joined the Daytime Emmy award-winning show Judge Judy in 1996.

He remains one of the important characters of the show, alongside Judy Sheindlin. By seeing his friendship with Judy, many people tend to believe there's something going on between them.

First of all, let's clear the air about their relationship, they're nothing more than friends, period!

After all, the American actor is a married man and a father of his four children.

What!... You didn't know it, then scroll down below and be up close and personal with your favorite actor.

Petri Hawkins-Byrd Married Life With Wife Felicia

Petri's always been one step ahead of us. Whenever there's a slight chance of knowing about his personal life, he'll avert all of our attention to something else.

The handsome Petri Hawkins 
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But one way or the another, we came across a big information that we'll like to share with you.

Petri married his high school sweetheart in 1980s after dating each other since their college days. The couple shares four children between them. All four of them are now grown-up.

In the video above, you can see him talking about his wife for the first time on television.

In 1989, his life changed as he and his wife split after a year or two in their marriage. But lucky for him, she didn't file for divorce at that time.

Petri during Television Award show
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The couple got separated as Felicia moved away with her four children to the West Coast. But Petri wanted to make his marriage work and that's why he moved to California to be with his family.

Petri and Felicia started relationship counseling in cross country for five months. He's an idol for all the new father's out there. 

Petri during one of his motivational speech
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Being a Christian, Petri is a motivational speaker as well. He always tries to teach people about the true value of life and help them become a good parent.

Petri Hawkins-Longest Runnin Bailiff

Petri first met his boss Judy Sheindlin, when he used to work at the Manhattan Family Court as a Bailiff under her. 

Petri and his boss Judy during a red carpet event
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In 1996, when Judy's own show got announced, she immediately asked for Petri as her bailiff for the show. And as they say, the rest is history.

Being born in a big family of six, Petri was the eldest child of his father and mother along with his two brothers and one sister. But he gives all the credit of his success to his mother, who took care of him alongside his siblings.

He even took his mother's maiden name, Hawkin, prior to joining the show, Judge Judy.

Bailiff Bryd and his Judge Judy during a still from one of the episode 
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Petri is currently in his 21st season of the show and his net worth is around 3.5 million dollars a year. It's no surprise to hear that big amount as his net worth.

He puts a lot of work into it as well. We all are proud of him and wish him good and prosperous marriage life.

Petri Hawkins-Byrd: Quick Facts

  • He was born Petri Adonis Byrd on November 29, 1957, in the neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  • He holds American nationality and belongs to Black-American ethnicity.
  • His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
  • He stands at the height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88m)
  • He graduated from Eastern District High School and later joined Hostos Community College in the Bronx.
  • He is the national chairman of the O.K. Program, which deals with social issues.
  • He also works as an event M.C, guest speaker, community activist, and charity supporter.
  • His networth is considered to be around $3.5 million.

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