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Bill Cosby

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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Jul 12, 1937 In Philadelphia, PA, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Meet the Press 1947-11-06
Latest Project:
Series The New Bill Cosby Show 2020
Known For
Poster of The Bill Cosby Special
Poster of The Cosby Show
Poster of A Piece of the Action
Poster of Let's Do It Again
Series The New Bill Cosby Show 2020
Movie Everything Is Terrible! Presents: The Great Satan 2019-09-26
Movie Bill Cosby: An American Scandal 2017-06-05
Movie Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon 2017-06-05
Series The Bill Cosby Special Unknown 2016
Movie Bill Cosby: 77 Himself 2014-11-28
Movie After Newtown: Guns in America Self 2013-02-19
Movie Moms Mabley Himself 2013-04-20
Movie Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Himself 2013-11-23
Movie Goose 2012-02-26
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley Self 2012-10-15
Movie Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Self 2009-01-01
Movie Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Himself 2008-10-27
Movie Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s 2007-04-10
Movie Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Himself 2007-04-11
Movie The Pact Himself 2006-01-01
Movie The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World Himself 2005-02-23
Movie Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-05-05
Movie Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class Himself (archive footage) 2005-08-31
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie Fat Albert Himself 2004-12-12
Movie Lightning in a Bottle 2004-02-12
Movie Jack Paar: Smart Television Himself 2003-11-29
Movie Comedian Himself 2002-10-25
Movie The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story 2000-05-31
Series Becker Unknown 1998-11-02
Movie 4 Little Girls Himself - Educator 1997-07-09
Movie Jack Lawrence Woodruff 1996-08-09
Series Cosby 1996-09-16
Series Kids Say the Darndest Things Host 1995-02-06
Series The Cosby Mysteries 1994-01-31
Movie I Spy Returns Alexander Scott 1994-02-03
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie The Meteor Man Marvin 1993-08-06
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The One, the Only... Groucho Himself 1991-05-28
Series Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost! God (voice) 1991-02-03
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration Himself 1990-02-04
Movie Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper 1990-06-29
Movie Sesame Street: 20 Years ... and Still Counting! Himself - Host 1989-04-07
Movie Bill Cosby: 49 Himself 1987-04-01
Series A Different World Unknown 1987-09-24
Movie Leonard Part 6 Leonard Parker 1987-12-18
Series The Cosby Show Heathcliff Huxtable 1984-09-20
Movie Bill Cosby: Himself Himself 1983-05-20
Series Late Night with David Letterman Unknown 1982-02-01
Movie The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin 1981-03-06
Movie California Suite Dr. Willis Panama 1978-12-15
Movie Top Secret Aaron Strickland 1978-06-03
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson 1977-10-07
Movie The Fat Albert Halloween Special Bill / Fat Albert / Mushmouth / Mudfoot Brown (voice) 1977-10-24
Movie The Fat Albert Christmas Special Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Bill, Mudfoot Brown (voices) 1977-12-18
Movie Mother, Jugs & Speed Mother 1976-01-01
Series Cos 1976-09-19
Movie Let's Do It Again Billy Foster 1975-10-11
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Movie Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin 1974-07-26
Movie Journey Back to Oz The Wizard of Oz (TV version) 1974-12-05
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey 1972-10-04
Movie To All My Friends On Shore Blue 1972-02-25
Series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Mushmouth 1972-09-09
Movie Bill Cosby on Prejudice 1971-01-01
Movie Man and Boy Caleb Revers 1971-06-23
Series The Electric Company 1971-10-25
Movie Aesop's Fables Aesop 1971-10-31
Series The Don Knotts Show Unknown 1970-09-15
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Series The Bill Cosby Show Chet Kincaid 1969-09-14
Movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Nightclub Patron in Hat 1969-09-17
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed Narrator 1968-08-31
Series I Spy Alexander Scott 1965-09-15
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Captain Kangaroo 1955-10-03
Series The Emmy Awards Unknown 1949-01-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Meet the Press Unknown 1947-11-06