William Shakespeare

The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. National Portrait Gallery, London.
William
Shakespeare
Birth Date: 
1564
Death Date: 
1616
Nationality: 
Widely regarded as the most prominent English language poet and playwright, William Shakespeare had a successful career as a London actor in addition to his literary efforts. His plays remain popular today and are performed throughout the world. Shakespeare's works are the source of many terms in our modern vocabularies and contain some of the most famous quotations in existence.