Who is "Bird"?
He is artist, he is singer, he is actor, he is entertainer and many people call him "superstar". He is Thongchai McIntyre or Thai people usually call "Pi Bird" ("pi" means older brother in Thai language). Many people also call him "Bird Thongchai" or "Bird Mcintyre". Whatever people call him, he usually says please call him just "Bird".
Bird's childhood :
Thongchai McIntyre was born in Bangkok in 1958 to parents James and Udom McIntyre. His father, who was half-Scottish/Thai sadly died when Bird was still a child. His family's economy was no good when Bird was born. Because they were big family and his father lost for business which he invested with his friend. Bird and his family had to live in slum "Bangkae". But his family never lost the happiness and warmness. They often played the music and sang together.
Bird had another name when he was small "Albert". Maybe name "Albert" became shorter and has been "Bird".
Although his childhood was not easy because of family's bad economy but he always says that his childhood was fun and full of happiness. He could enjoy everything even no money.
Bird's life change :
Because his family are a musicians family, he grow up among the music atmosphere. After he finished from college, he started working in bank as a bank officer. Between working in bank, he had a chance to meet a famous Thai TV producer "Kai Varayuth" who saw Bird's entertainer talent. Bird played first TV series with Kai and also worked in bank. His talent was revealed. Soon he had several works, including movie and speaker. Finally, he couldn't hold both banking and entertaining works. So he decided to quit from bank and works on entertaining fulltime.
In 1983 he attended a famous singing contest "Siam Kolkarn Music Foundation" and won a prize. He got a another great chance to meet a famous singer "Ter Rewat" who was speaker in this contest. Ter saw his singing talent and invited him to have first album. His first album "Hadsai Sailom Songrao" was released in 1985 and since then ruled the Thai Pop music industry until now. Bird is considered the most famous entertainer and singer in Thailand. He holds a substantial amount of shares in the music giant Grammy Entertainment , Thailand's number one music company. Bird is also good friend with Mr. Paiboon Damrongchaitham , Grammy's Chairman.
Bird's works and now :
His most memorable roles in Thai television drama series include Captain Kobori from Koogam , a tragic love story between a Japanese soldier (played by Bird) and a Thai girl (Ungsumalin) during the World War II. He was captain Kobori again when Grammy Film made "Koogam" movie or English name "Sunset at Chaopraya".
Among his best-known songs are Prik Kee Noo (bird chilli) , Boomerang , Sabai Sabai (relax relax) and Kob Jai Jing Jing (Thank you truly) . His popular singles released recently include luk thung singles Mah Tummai (with Jintara Poonlarp ), Fan Ja (with Jintara, Nat Myria Bennedetti and Katreeya English ), Lao Su Kan Fang , and Yak Tham Kor Tob and Mai Kang Ying Pae from his album "Volume One".
Today, he is still singing, which is not surprising. However, an amazing thing is that his fame and popularity remain virtually intact, regardless of time. His album "Chud Rab Khaek" has a sales record of more than 3 million copies. He could sing just about anything, and millions of people will listen.
Wherever he makes an appearance, people will do anything just to get a glimpse. As unbelievable as it may seem, some simply cry, when he gives them a hug. Tickets to his concerts are always sold out. Business companies would pay him anything to have him as their presenter. Who would have thought that almost 20 years after his beginning, he would still be Number One artist to millions of people? No one has ever stayed at the top this long.
When asked about the secret of his success his fans believe it lies within his determined intention, undiminished diligence, uncanny talents, and last but not least, his profound gratitude to his mother. Thai people have a deep respect, and love for family especial for Mothers who are believed to teach a child good character. By whatever means it is, he does prove that it takes much more than being a good-looking guy or having a beautiful voice to be a superstar. Since, obviously, there are many other good-looking people swith incredible voices. Yet, no one has come this far, not even close.