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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 NASCAR Trackside 2017
Known For
Poster of Bill Cosby: Far From Finished
Poster of Goose
Poster of The American Film Institute Salute to ...
Poster of To All My Friends On Shore
Series NASCAR Trackside Lawrence Woodruff 2017
Series It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown Himself 2016
Series The Brown Hornet Unknown 2015
Series The Bill Cosby Special Unknown 2015
Series Blunt Talk Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Bill, Mudfoot Brown (voices) 2015-08-22
Movie Bill Cosby: 77 Himself 2014-11-28
Movie Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You Himself 2013-04-22
Movie Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Himself 2013-11-23
Movie Goose 2012-02-26
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012-10-15
Movie Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s 2007-04-10
Movie Schwere Jungs Mushmouth 2007-01-18
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
Series The X Factor Elliot Hopper 2005-02-06
Movie Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-05-05
Movie House of Wax Host 2005-04-30
Movie Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class Himself (archive footage) 2005-08-31
Movie Lightning in a Bottle 2004-02-12
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie In 80 Tagen um die Welt 2004-06-16
Movie Fat Albert Himself 2004-12-12
Movie Comedian Himself 2002-10-25
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Series Becker Unknown 1998-11-02
Series The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
Movie Vier kleine Mädchen Himself - Educator 1997-07-09
Series Cosby 1996-09-16
Series The Cosby Mysteries 1994-01-31
Movie Bill Cosby & Co. - Die Rückkehr der Superspione Alexander Scott 1994-02-03
Series Ein Hauch von Himmel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie Meteor Man Marvin 1993-08-06
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Die Letzten drei Tage der Marie Antoinette 1990-09-19
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration Himself 1990-02-04
Movie Bill Cosby: 49 Himself 1987-04-01
Series College Fieber Unknown 1987-09-24
Movie Bill Cosby – Die Superkanone Leonard Parker 1987-12-18
Series Die Bill Cosby Show Heathcliff Huxtable 1984-09-20
Movie Zum Teufel mit Max Barney Satin 1981-03-06
Movie Top Secret Aaron Strickland 1978-06-03
Movie Das verrückte California-Hotel Dr. Willis Panama 1978-12-15
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 C.R.A.S.H. Mother 1976-01-01
Series Cos 1976-09-19
Movie Drehn wir noch’n Ding Billy Foster 1975-10-11
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Movie Samstagnacht im Viertel der Schwarzen Wardell Franklin 1974-07-26
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie To All My Friends On Shore Blue 1972-02-25
Movie Magnum Heat Al Hickey 1972-10-04
Movie Man and Boy Caleb Revers 1971-06-23
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 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed Narrator 1968-08-31
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
Movie Die kleinen Sünderinnen Alexander Scott 1960-12-21
Series Captain Kangaroo 1955-10-03
Movie Die Sünderin Unknown 1951-01-18
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