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Judge Judy Pteri Hawkins-Byrd Wass Married To Ex-Wife Felicia With Four Children

Updated On 30 May, 2023 Published On 02 May, 2017
Judge Judy Pteri Hawkins-Byrd Wass Married To Ex-Wife Felicia With Four Children

Judge Judy Bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd Is Married To His Wife Felicia. The Couple Lives Together In California With Their Four Children

The longest-running bailiff in a court show, Petri Hawkins-Byrd is a big name all across the country. The 65-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 four children.

Well, if 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 Ex-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.

Petri Hawkins Byrd pictured with his wife Markita Bond Byrd. SOURCE: Instagram (byrdthebailiff)

But one way or another, we came across a big piece of information that we'll like to share with you.

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Petri married his high school sweetheart, Felicia Hawkins, in the 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.

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In 1989, his life changed as he and his wife split after nine years into their marriage. But lucky for him, she didn't file for divorce at that time. 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. But, nothing could work out as their marriage has been damaged. He's an idol for all the new fathers out there. 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 good parents.

Judge Judy's Petri Hawkins pictured with his wife Markita Bond Byrd who underwent cancer treatment in 2020. SOURCE: Instagram (byrdthebailiff)

In 2019, Hawkins married co-worker Markita Bond Byrd who worked at Judge Judy in May 2019. Moreover,  Hawkins and Bond first met at Sunset Bronson Studios in 2012. Hawkins has also been a great supporter of his second wife when Bond suffered from cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hawkins' wife was still undergoing chemotherapy by the end of 2021 while having 95% of the tumor cells removed.

Petri Hawkins - Longest Running Role as Bailiff

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

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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 for 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. Petri is currently in his 21st season of the show and his net worth is around $3.5 million a year. It's no surprise to hear that a big amount is his net worth.

He puts a lot of work into it as well. We all are proud of him and wish him a good and prosperous married 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 the Black race.
  • 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 net worth is considered to be around $3.5 million.

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