Bill Cosby Biography

Bill Cosby born William Henry Cosby Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. He was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His start in stand-up comedy began at the hungry i in San Francisco; he then landed a starring role in the 1960s television show I Spy. He was also a regular on the children’s television series The Electric Company during the show’s first two seasons.

Using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby starred in a number of films, and he occasionally returned to film later in his career. He attended Temple University in the 1960s and received his bachelor’s degree there in 1971. In 1973, he received a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and in 1976, he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Beginning in the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in a television sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. Cosby produced the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993, starred in The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.

Many sexual assault allegations, the earliest of which date back decades, have been made against Cosby; those allegations did not become highly publicized until 2014. More than sixty women have accused him of rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC).

Bill Cosby Age

He was born on July 12, 1937.

Bill Cosby Wife

Cosby married Camille Olivia Hanks on January 25, 1964.

Bill Cosby Kids

Together with his wife Camille Olivia Hanks, they had five children, Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis. Their only son, Ennis, was murdered on January 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.

Bill Cosby Grandchildren

The Cosbys have three grandchildren.

Bill Cosby Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $400 million.

Bill Cosby Movies

  • Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed (1968)
  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
  • Aesop’s Fables (1971)
  • Hickey & Boggs (1972)
  • Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
  • Let’s Do It Again (1975)
  • Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
  • A Piece of the Action (1977)
  • California Suite (1978)
  • The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
  • Leonard Part 6 (1987)
  • Bill Cosby: 49 (1987)
  • Ghost Dad (1990)
  • The Meteor Man (1993)
  • Jack (1996)
  • Baadasssss! (2003)
  • Fat Albert (2004)
  • Bill Cosby 77 (2014)

Bill Cosby TV Shows

  • 2010–2012 – OBKB
  • 1999–2004 – Little Bill
  • 1998–2000 – Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • 1996–2000 – Cosby
  • 1994–1995 – The Cosby Mysteries
  • 1994 – I Spy Returns
  • 1992–1993 – You Bet Your Life
  • 1987 – A Different World
  • 1984–1992 – The Cosby Show
  • 1978 – Top Secret
  • 1977–1990 – Pinwheel
  • 1976 – Cos
  • 1974 – Journey Back to Oz
  • 1972–1985 – Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • 1972 – The New Bill Cosby Show
  • 1972 – To All My Friends on Shore
  • 1971–1973 – The Electric Company
  • 1971 – Man and Boy
  • 1969–1971 – The Bill Cosby Show
  • 1969 – Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert
  • 1965–1968 – I Spy

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