• Petri Hawkins-Byrd is a TV personality and actor best known for his role as the Bailiff on the show "Judge Judy" since 1996
• He grew up in Brooklyn and attended Eastern District High School, Hostos Community College, and John Jay College, where he obtained his criminal justice degree
• He has appeared in over 20 films and TV series, with his most popular role being Tom Hennessy in the crime film of the same name
• He serves as the national chairman of the O.K. Program and is a board member of the faith-based youth program, Teen Center USA
• He stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 240 lbs

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$3.5 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 29, 1957
FactBegan his career as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal in San Mateo, California.

Who is Petri Hawkins-Byrd aka Bailiff?

Born as Petri Adonis Byrd on the 29th November 1957 in Brooklyn, New York City USA, he is a television personality and actor, best known as a Bailiff in the reality show “Judge Judy”, a position he has held since 1996. He is also an actor, and has appeared in more than 20 film and TV series, with his most popular role being Tom Hennessy in the crime film of the same name.

Find Out About his Early Life and Education

The oldest of four, Petri grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn with his two younger brothers and a younger sister. He went to Eastern District High School, and after matriculation enrolled at Hostos Community College, and later on, in the late ‘80s obtained a criminal justice degree from John Jay College.

Career Beginnings

In the early ‘80s, Petri found a place for himself in the Brooklyn circuit of the New York City Court System as a court officer, ensuring that all processes in the court passed without any problems. After a couple of years he joined the Family Court division of Manhattan, where he started working with Judge Judith Sheindlin, with whom he developed a close relationship in the next few years.

Move to San Francisco

Already married and with children, Petri decided to move to San Francisco with his family and accept a job offer to work for the US Marshals Service, remaining in the position for the next six years, but once Judge Judith Sheindlin was offered her own show – “Judge Judy” – Petri came to her that ‘if you need a bailiff, my uniform still fits’. The two met at Judy’s home place to speak about the position, and Petri accepted the offer, thus becoming the bailiff on Judy’s show.

Rise to Prominence

Since the start of the show in 1996 Petri has been serving as the bailiff, the person responsible for keeping the courtroom in order, providing material between the judge and litigants and other duties, including stopping altercations between plaintiffs and defendants. He has appeared in over 1,000 episodes of the award-winning show, earning a name for himself in the courtroom, but also his devotion has opened other doors for him.

Acting Debut and Further Career

With the rise of his popularity, Petri tried himself as an actor. Just a year after his first appearance on screen, he made his acting debut in the Primetime Emmy Award- nominated TV series “Nash Bridges”, starring Don Johnson, Cheech Marin and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. He then provided the voice of Baron Samedi for the video game “Akuji the Heartless” in 1998, and in 2000 had a minor role in the film “Playing Mona Lisa”. Two years later he had his first starring role, as Detective Meyers in the drama film “Redemption of the Ghost”, next to Gene Bicknell and Monty Cox. He had several other notable roles, including as Lenny in the drama film “A Deeper Love” in 2007, and the titular role in the film “Tom Hennessy” in 2013, for which he won the Best Action Sequence- Feature award given by the Action on Film International Film Festival, USA. In recent years, he has worked on a number of projects, including the films “Under the Palm Tree”, and “Rabid Christmas”.

You Certainly Didn’t Know this- Petri is an M.C.

When he is not in the courtroom and filming another season of the popular “Judge Judy” show, Petri has been serving as an M.C. and has spoken at many differing events, passing his knowledge and experience to others on numerous topics.

Just Exactly How Rich is Petri Hawkins-Boyd?

Well, since starting his career in the ‘80s, Petri has accumulated a decent net worth. According to authoritative sources, Petri’s wealth has been estimated at $3.5 million, an amount earned through his successful career. He has never boasted about his worthy possessions like numerous other celebrities, but instead kept a low profile and let his work speak for him.

Life Behind the Scene

Petri has been a married man since 1980; he married his high school sweetheart Felicia and since then they have become parents of four children. Though the couple experienced some hardships and lived separately for quite some time, they eventually reunited and never looked back on the time spent apart. He prefers to keep all info not related to his career hidden from the media, but thanks to the hard work of a journalist, Petri’s personal life has also come to spotlight.

Petri Has Did His Part for the Community

Ever since becoming a respected personality, Petri has found a way to give his share to the community; he has supported a number of charitable organizations and has been serving as the national chairman of the O.K. Program, an organization focused on empowering young black males. Furthermore, Petri is a board member of the faith-based youth program, Teen Center USA.

Social Media Presence

Petri joined Twitter in 2011, and though many would think that he is not into social media and other modern technologies, he has proved all of them wrong. Petri has mainly used Twitter to promote his work, especially on “Judge Judy”. Not many have followed him, only around 10,000 people, but here is your chance to get in touch with Petri Hawkings-Boyd.

Finally, if you are interested, find out his Height and Weight

His physical support his strong. Coming at you with 6 feet 2 inches and 240 lbs, he wouldn’t be a successful bailiff if he looked differently.

General Info

Full NamePetri Hawkins-Byrd
Net Worth$3.5 Million
Salary$3.5 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 29, 1957
ProfessionBailiff, Actor
EducationJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice


MoviesThe Adventures of Umbweki, Playing Mona Lisa
TV ShowsJudge Judy

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1[when asked if he would ever want to be a litigant in Judge Judy's courtroom] Hell, no. And I wouldn't advise any of my friends to do so, either. Not if they want to maintain their love of the judicial system.


1Works in the New York City Court System as Judge Judy Sheindlin's Bailiff. [1986]
2(1992 - 1996) Worked as a student counselor at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California from 1992 to 1996.
3Began his career as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal in San Mateo, California.
4Currently lives in Elk Grove, California. [2007]
5Graduate of John Jay College; Criminal Justice degree.
6Married father of 4.
7Motivational speaker.




The Parkers2000TV SeriesOfficer Duncan
Playing Mona Lisa2000Fire Captain (as Petri-Hawkins Byrd)
Akuji the Heartless1998Video GameBaron Samedi (voice)
Nash Bridges1997TV SeriesKevin Raskin
Savior of none2013completedHennessy
Reesie's PiecesShort post-productionJudge
Soul Lakepost-productionKevin (rumored)
Tom HennessyTV Movie post-productionTom Hennessy
Treasure Talespre-productionRumored
The 'N' Word2016ShortFlint
The Two Gamers2015ShortATM Man
How I Met My Father2012ShortGuard
In the Eyes of a Killer2009Clarence
The Adventures of Umbweki2009Tribal Chef
A Deeper Love2007Lenny
Everybody Hates Chris2006TV SeriesMan on Fire Escape
Fugitive Hunter2005Judge
Redemption of the Ghost2002Detective Meyers (as Petri Byrd)


Reesie's PiecesShort co-producer post-production
Tom HennessyTV Movie executive producer post-production
The 'N' Word2016Short co-producer


Tom HennessyTV Movie post-production


The Fast Food King2017Documentary filmingHimself
Judge Judy1996-2016TV SeriesHimself - Bailiff / Bailiff
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
The John Kerwin Show2016TV SeriesHimself / Guest
Reality Relapse2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kathy2012TV SeriesHimself
Actors Entertainment2010TV SeriesHimself
Judge Judy: Justice Served2007VideoHimself - Bailiff
Donny & Marie1999TV Series


Won Awards

2013Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Action Sequence - FeatureTom Hennessy

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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