Bill Cosby

Biography

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs; then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own series, the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show, in 1969. In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade's defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an upper-middle-class African-American family. He also produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons. He has been a sought-after spokesman, and has endorsed a number of products, including Jell-O, Kodak film, Ford, Texas Instruments, and Coca-Cola, including New Coke. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book, the 100 Greatest African Americans. Cosby has been received several awards including;  Emmy Awards in 1966, 1967 and 1968 for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for I Spy, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program for The Bill Cosby Special (1969), Kennedy Center Honors (1998), Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to television (2002), the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award (2003) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009). In addition he has received several Grammys for Best Comedy Performance and over a dozen Honorary Degrees from Colleges and Universities. Cosby has been married to wife Camille Hanks since 1964. They had five children: daughters Erika Ranee (b. 1965), Erinn Chalene (b. 1966), Ensa Camille (b. 1973), and Evin Harrah (b. 1976), and son Ennis William (1969–1997). His son Ennis was shot dead while changing a flat tire on the side of the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997. Bill Cosby is an active alumnus supporter of his alma mater, TempleUniversity, and in particular its men's basketball team, whose games Cosby frequently attends.

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs; then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own series, the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show, in 1969. In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade's defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an upper-middle-class African-American family. He also produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons. He has been a sought-after spokesman, and has endorsed a number of products, including Jell-O, Kodak film, Ford, Texas Instruments, and Coca-Cola, including New Coke. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book, the 100 Greatest African Americans. Cosby has been received several awards including;  Emmy Awards in 1966, 1967 and 1968 for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for I Spy, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program for The Bill Cosby Special (1969), Kennedy Center Honors (1998), Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to television (2002), the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award (2003) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009). In addition he has received several Grammys for Best Comedy Performance and over a dozen Honorary Degrees from Colleges and Universities. Cosby has been married to wife Camille Hanks since 1964. They had five children: daughters Erika Ranee (b. 1965), Erinn Chalene (b. 1966), Ensa Camille (b. 1973), and Evin Harrah (b. 1976), and son Ennis William (1969–1997). His son Ennis was shot dead while changing a flat tire on the side of the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997. Bill Cosby is an active alumnus supporter of his alma mater, TempleUniversity, and in particular its men's basketball team, whose games Cosby frequently attends.

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Personal Info

Gender -

Known Credits 77

Birthday 1937-07-12

Place of Birth Philadelphia, PA, USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site http://www.billcosby.com/

Also Known As

  • The Cos
  • William Henry Cosby
  • William Henry Cosby, Jr.

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Bill Cosby: 77 as Himself
2014 Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
2013 Bill Cosby: Far From Finished as Himself
2013 Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You as Himself
2012 B.B. King: The Life of Riley
2012 Goose
2009 Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy as Himself
2007 Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven as Himself
2007 Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s
2006 The Pact as Himself
2005 Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class as Himself (archive footage)
2005 Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
2005 The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World as Himself
2004 Fat Albert as Himself
2004 Lightning in a Bottle
2002 Comedian as Himself
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 Becker(1 episode)
1997 4 Little Girls as Himself - Educator
1996 Cosby(93 episodes)
1996 Jack as Lawrence Woodruff
1995 Kids Say the Darndest Things(64 episodes) as Host
1994 Touched by an Angel(2 episodes)
1994 I Spy Returns as Alexander Scott
1994 The Cosby Mysteries(18 episodes)
1993 The Meteor Man as Marvin
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(3 episodes)
1990 Ghost Dad as Elliot Hopper
1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration
1989 Sesame Street: 20 Years ... and Still Counting! as Himself - Host
1987 Leonard Part 6 as Leonard Parker
1987 A Different World(3 episodes)
1987 Bill Cosby: 49 as Himself
1984 The Cosby Show(50 episodes) as Heathcliff Huxtable
1983 Bill Cosby: Himself as Himself
1982 Late Night with David Letterman(2 episodes)
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin as Barney Satin
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 California Suite as Dr. Willis Panama
1978 Top Secret as Aaron Strickland
1977 The Fat Albert Christmas Special as Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Bill, Mudfoot Brown (voices)
1977 The Fat Albert Halloween Special as Bill / Fat Albert / Mushmouth / Mudfoot Brown (voice)
1977 A Piece of the Action as Dave Anderson
1976 Cos(9 episodes)
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed as Mother
1975 Let's Do It Again as Billy Foster
1975 Cher(1 episode)
1974 Uptown Saturday Night as Wardell Franklin
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 Hickey & Boggs as Al Hickey
1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids(152 episodes) as Bill Cosby
1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids(152 episodes) as Fat Albert Jackson
1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids(152 episodes) as Mushmouth
1972 To All My Friends On Shore as Blue
1971 Aesop's Fables as Aesop
1971 The Electric Company(782 episodes)
1971 Man and Boy as Caleb Revers
1971 Bill Cosby on Prejudice
1970 The Flip Wilson Show(1 episode)
1970 The Don Knotts Show(2 episodes)
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice as Nightclub Patron in Hat
1969 The Bill Cosby Show(50 episodes) as Chet Kincaid
1968 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed as Narrator
1965 The Dean Martin Show(1 episode)
1965 I Spy(83 episodes) as Alexander Scott
1964 The Hollywood Palace(2 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)
1955 Captain Kangaroo(11 episodes)
1949 The Emmy Awards(2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)
1947 Meet the Press(1 episode)
1900 The New Bill Cosby Show(1 episode)
1900 The Bill Cosby Special(0 episodes)

Production

2013 Bill Cosby: Far From Finished … Executive Producer
2004 Fatherhood(26 episodes) … Producer
2000 Men of Honor … Executive Producer
1999 Little Bill(49 episodes) … Executive Producer
1999 Odd Man Out(13 episodes) … Producer
1996 Cosby(93 episodes) … Producer
1992 Here and Now(15 episodes) … Producer
1987 Leonard Part 6 … Producer
1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids(152 episodes) … Executive Producer
1969 The Bill Cosby Show(50 episodes) … Executive Producer

Creator

2004 Fatherhood … Creator
1999 Little Bill … Creator
1996 Cosby … Creator
1987 A Different World … Creator
1984 The Cosby Show … Creator
1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids … Creator
1969 The Bill Cosby Show … Creator

Directing

1984 The Cosby Show(1 episode) … Director
1983 Bill Cosby: Himself … Director
1971 Bill Cosby on Prejudice … Director
1969 The Bill Cosby Show(3 episodes) … Director

Writing

1987 Leonard Part 6 … Story
1984 The Cosby Show(209 episodes) … Writer
1983 Bill Cosby: Himself … Writer

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