William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon- Avon, England in April of 1564; hence his nickname the Bard of Avon. The exact date of his birth is unknown because of the lack of written records from the time, however his birth date is usually thought to be around April 26th because that is the day that he was baptized. Here is some additional information for you. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 when he was 18 and they had three children, one of which (his only boy) died at a very young age. In addition to being a playwright, Shakespeare was also an actor and a poet. He died on April 23, 1616.