Development of world-renowned writings, working as an actor and identification as England's national poet are three of William Shakespeare's major accomplishments. Not much is known of his life beyond these activities.
Shakespeare was born in 1564 and is known for some of the greatest plays and writings of all time. By the late 1590s, he was a prominent member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men acting troupe, and in 1599, he was a shareholder of the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare retired by 1613 and died at the age of 52. Beyond the facts of his birth and death, little is known of the man but his writings earned him recognition as England's national poet.