William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in London, England on April 23rd, 1564 to John and Mary Shakespeare. After his dad had saved enough money as a glovemaker he opened a general store. William was the 3rd oldest of 8 brothers and sisters.
He received free education as a child due to the fact that his dad was a well-respected member of the town council. Historical evidence suggests that William enjoyed football while growing up. It is assumed that William only completed grammar school and he furthered his studies on his own time. There was limited money for entertainment in the Shakespeare family due to the business at the general store declining. The fall of his father's business meant he had to find work to help provide for the family.
Shakespeare was known to be intrigued by older women. It came as no surprise when Shakespeare wed Anne Hathaway when he was only 18. Anne was 25 at the time and was the daughter of a farmer. In 1583 William and Anne had a daughter named Susanna. In 1585, they had twins named Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died from unknown causes in early childhood. Shakespeare uprooted and left his family in 1588 to settle in London to act.
In London, England, Shakespeare found sucess in working as an actor and a playwright. He composed 154 sonnets and 37 plays. He was most famous for his tragedies, his most famous being Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
In 1608, Shakespeare had reached his peak and he had started to slow down. He spent most of his time in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. After being recognized as a leading local citizen Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23rd, 1616. He was buried in the Stratford Church cemetary.