Bill Cosby

Comedian / Writer / Composer / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Television Producer / Film Director | * 07/12/1937 (84) | Philadelphia, PA (United States of America (USA))
William Henry Cosby Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is a retired American stand-up Comedian, actor, and author. Cosby began his career as a stand-up comic at the hungry i nightclub in San Francisco during the 1960s. Throughout the decade he released several standup comedy records which consecutively earned him the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album from 1965 to 1970. He also had a starring role in the television crime show I Spy (1965–1968) opposite Robert Culp. Cosby made history when he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1966, making him the first African American to earn an Emmy Award for acting. His acting career continued as he starred in the sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which ran for two seasons from 1969 to 1971. In 1972, using the Fat Albert ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | Kids & Family

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Awards & Nominations for Bill Cosby

Spingarn Medal Presidential Medal of Freedom Marian Anderson Award Daytime Emmy Awards Library of Congress Living Legend Theodore Roosevelt Award Kennedy Center Honors Mark Twain Prize for American Humor United Nations Peace Medal Paul Robeson Award Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay 3x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Golden Globe Awards Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay

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Movies with Bill Cosby as Actor(59)

as himself2021 Bill Cosby: 77
as himself2013 Moms Mabley
2012 Goose
as himself2006 The Shame of a City
as himself2006 The Pact
as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)2005 Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling
as Himself (archive footage)2005 Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class
as himself2004 Fat Albert
as himself2002 Comedian
as Self / Dr. Cliff Huxtable (archive footage)2002 The Cosby Show: A Look Back
as Himself - Educator1997 4 Little Girls
as Lawrence Woodruff1996 Jack
as Alexander Scott1994 I Spy Returns
as Marvin1993 The Meteor Man
as Elliot Hopper1990 Ghost Dad
as Dr. Cliff Huxtable1990 The Earth Day Special
as Leonard Parker1987 Leonard Part 6
as himself1987 Bill Cosby: 49
as himself1983 Bill Cosby: Himself
as Barney Satin1981 The Devil and Max Devlin
as Himself, as twins (archive footage)1979 A Walking Tour of Sesame Street
as Dr. Willis Panama1978 California Suite
as Aaron Strickland1978 Top Secret
as Dave Anderson1977 A Piece of the Action
as Bill / Fat Albert / Mushmouth / Mudfoot Brown (voice)1977 The Fat Albert Halloween Special
as Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Bill, Mudfoot Brown (voices)1977 The Fat Albert Christmas Special
as Mother1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed
as Billy Foster1975 Let's Do It Again
as Wardell Franklin1974 Uptown Saturday Night
as The Wizard of Oz (TV version)1974 Journey Back to Oz
as Al Hickey1972 Hickey & Boggs
as Caleb Revers1971 Man and Boy
as himself1971 Diana!
as Aesop1971 Aesop's Fables
as Nightclub Patron in Hat1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

TV Shows/Series with Bill Cosby as Actor(30)

Movies with Bill Cosby as Crew(12)

Production/Executive Producer2013 Bill Cosby: Far From Finished
Production/Executive Producer2004 Fat Albert
Writing/Writer2004 Fat Albert
Writing/Writer2002 The Cosby Show: A Look Back
Production/Executive Producer2000 Men of Honor
Production/Producer1987 Leonard Part 6
Writing/Story1987 Leonard Part 6
Writing/Writer1987 Bill Cosby: 49
Directing/Director1983 Bill Cosby: Himself
Writing/Writer1983 Bill Cosby: Himself
Production/Executive Producer1977 The Fat Albert Christmas Special

TV Shows/Series with Bill Cosby as Crew(9)

Production/Producer2004 Fatherhood
Production/Executive Producer1999 Little Bill
Production/Producer1996 Cosby
Production/Producer1992 Here and Now
Directing/Director1984 The Cosby Show
Writing/Writer1984 The Cosby Show
Production/Executive Producer1972 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Directing/Director1969 The Bill Cosby Show
Production/Executive Producer1969 The Bill Cosby Show

Additional Information

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Full Name: Bill William Henry Cosby
Born: Monday, 07/12 1937 (July) in Philadelphia, PA (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 84 years + 195 days)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Temple University
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records
Net worth estimate: 400,000,000 USD
Spouses (current/former): Camille Cosby
Children: Ennis Cosby, Erika Cosby, Erinn Cosby, Evin Cosby, Ensa Cosby
Other names for Bill Cosby (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"The Cos" (Nickname)
"William Henry Cosby"
"William Henry Cosby, Jr."
"William H. Cosby Jr."
"William H. Cosby"
"William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr."
"Μπιλ Κόσμπι"
"William Henry Cosby Jr."
Bill Cosby frequently works together with these people:
Phil LaMarr (28x, Actor)
Alexandra Breckenridge (27x, Actress)
Ralph Garman (26x, Actor)
Danny Smith (24x, Actor)
Mae Whitman (19x, Actress)
Gary Cole (19x, Actor)
Tara Strong (17x, Actress)
Nicole Sullivan (17x, Actress)
Fred Tatasciore (16x, Actor)
Lucas Grabeel (15x, Actor)
Sidney Poitier (10x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7206, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/18/2022