Bill Cosby

Actor, Comedian, TV host
As a stand-up comic, author, actor and producer, Bill Cosby was revered as an All American dad, and his accomplishment was all the more remarkable as he was among the first African-American actors whose popularity knew ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (165)

2014 American Comedy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Far From Finished 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Pioneers of Television 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

South Park 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Stand Up Planet 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Goose 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Lipstick & Dynamite 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat Albert 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lightning in a Bottle 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Little Bill 1999 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Comedian 2002 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Understanding 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

We Are Not Vanishing 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Different World 1969 - 1971, 1984 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Becker 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1969 - 1971, 1984 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kids Say the Darndest Things 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Cosby Show 1969 - 1971, 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1969 - 1971, 1984 - 1991, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harlem Globetrotters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Say the Darndest Things 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4 Little Girls 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Say the Darndest Things 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack 1996 (Movie)

Lawrence Woodruff (Actor)

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Super Special All-Star Comedy Hour 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

You Bet Your Life 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Class Clowns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Math... Who Needs It?! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music, Uh-Huh! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad & Friends All the Way Live ... Almost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street... 20 and Still Counting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Creole Giselle 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody's Doing It 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstars & Their Moms 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night, Volume II 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Patti LaBelle Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Kangaroo 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1972 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Private Home Movies 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill Cosby -- "Himself" 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Doug Henning's World of Magic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil and Max Devlin 1980 (Movie)

Barney Satin (Actor)

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

California Suite 1978 (Movie)

Dr Willis Panama (Actor)

Top Secret 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

A Piece of the Action 1977 (Movie)

Dave Anderson (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cos 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The World of Magic 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Feeling Good 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Do It Again 1975 (Movie)

Billy Foster (Actor)

Uptown Saturday Night 1974 (Movie)

Wardell Franklin (Actor)

The New Bill Cosby Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hickey and Boggs 1972 (Movie)

Al Hickey (Actor)

Man and Boy 1972 (Movie)

Caleb Revers (Actor)

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A World of Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Cosby Special, Or? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

I Spy 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

It's What's Happening, Baby! 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Aesop's Fables (TV Show)

Actor

I Spy Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Playboy Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

The Bill Cosby Special (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

To All My Friends on Shore (TV Show)

Actor

Wake Up (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (11)

Fat Albert 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Men of Honor 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Odd Man Out 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bill Cosby -- "Himself" 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man and Boy 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Depression (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (5)

Fat Albert 2004 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Fat Albert 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Leonard Part 6 1987 (Movie)

(Story By)

Bill Cosby -- "Himself" 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

Good Hair 2009 (Movie)

"Where's Eddie?" (Song)

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Music
Director (1)

Bill Cosby -- "Himself" 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Grand 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

As a stand-up comic, author, actor and producer, Bill Cosby was revered as an All American dad, and his accomplishment was all the more remarkable as he was among the first African-American actors whose popularity knew no racial boundaries. The playful, charismatic Cosby drew much of his conversational style stand-up material from his childhood, but once he started having children of his own, they proved an endless source for his bemused accounts of parenthood. From his No. 1 rated sitcom "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992), which painted a then rare portrait of an educated, professional and loving African-American family the likes of which had never been seen on television, to his best-selling humor books focusing on marriage and family, Cosby quietly helped break down racial barriers by finding humor in universal human experiences. From the beginning, he had planted the seeds of equality with his unprecedented starring role in a primetime drama, "I Spy" (NBC, 1965-1969), which positioned him as an equal to his white sleuthing partner, Robert Culp. His legacy lived on with his tireless dedication to positive portrayals of African-Americans and educational programming that ensured future generations would grow up focusing on their similarities rather than their differences.

Relationships

Camille Cosby

Wife
Born c. 1944 met while he was performing stand-up in Washington, D.C., in the early 1960s married January 25, 1964 Cosby proposed on their second date, but it took her three months to say yes received a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1992

Anna Cosby

Mother
Died in 1991

Ensa Cosby

Daughter
Born c. 1973 mother, Camille Cosby

Erika Cosby

Daughter
Born c. 1965 mother, Camille Cosby

Erinn Cosby

Daughter
Born c. 1967 mother, Camille Cosby publicly disclosed her struggles with substance abuse in the 1980s

Evin Cosby

Daughter
Born c. 1977 mother, Camille Cosby

Ennis Cosby

Son
Born c. 1969 mother, Camille Cosby was enrolled at Columbia University in the doctoral program at the time of his death found shot to death near his car on the side of the road in Los Angeles, CA on January 16, 1997 at 27 years old

James Cosby

Brother
Younger died c. 1947 of rheumatic fever at age six

Robert Cosby

Brother
Younger

Russell Cosby

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts

Amherst , Massachusetts 1977
Cosby's dissertation was entitled, An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning(Education)

University of Massachusetts

Amherst , Massachusetts 1972 - 1977

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1961 - 1963
Initially attended on an athletic scholarship; dropped out when his comedy career started taking off and finished at a later date

Milestones

2008

Recorded a hip-hop CD, Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency

2006

Toured the country speaking out about parenting, education and social responsibility, "A Call Out with Cosby"

2004

Developed (also wrote) the live-action feature "Fat Albert" centering on the popular character from his 1970s cartoon series

1999

Executive produced and provided a character voice for the animated series "Little Bill" (Nickelodeon/CBS)

1998

Hosted the CBS series "Kids Say the Darndest Things"

1997

Brought out the first three books of his Little Bill series for beginning readers

1997

In the aftermath of son Ennis' tragic murder, family announced launch of Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charitable organization for the early detection and treatment of dyslexia

1996

Returned to television for the CBS sitcom "Cosby"; Phylicia Rashad was again cast as his wife; also executive produced and composed theme music

1994

Starred in the short-lived NBC series "The Cosby Mysteries"

1994

Reunited with Culp for the CBS TV-movie "I Spy Returns"

1992

Hosted the syndicated revival of the 1950s TV gameshow "You Bet Your Life"

1990

Last film (to date) with Potier directing, "Ghost Dad"

1989

Made a donation of $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta

1986

Headlined the successful comedy show "An Evening With Bill Cosby" at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

1984

Created and starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the highly popular NBC sitcom, "The Cosby Show"; Phylicia Rashad played his wife; also wrote the theme music

1978

Co-starred with Richard Pryor in one segment of "California Suite"; adapted from Neil Simon's hit play

1976

Hosted the short-lived ABC variety series "Cos"

1974

Acted in first of four movies directed by Sidney Poitier, "Uptown Saturday Night"

1972

Reteamed with Robert Culp (who also directed) for the feature detective yarn, "Hickey & Boggs"

1972

Delivered rare dramatic performance in the CBS TV-movie "To All My Friends on Shore"; also executive produced, provided the story and scored the film

1972

Hosted the CBS variety series "The New Bill Cosby Show"

1972

Created and hosted (also executive produced and lent voice to several characters) the animated CBS Saturday morning series, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"; title later changed to "The New Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"

1970

Feature acting and producing debut, "Man and Boy"

1968

Starred in the NBC sitcom "The Bill Cosby Show"

1965

TV acting debut, "I Spy" co-starring Robert Culp; earned three consecutive Emmy Awards as Alexander 'Scotty' Scott

1964

Won first of six consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Recording for I Started Out as a Child

1963

Released first comedy album, Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow, Right!; earned a Grammy nomination

1962

Had a summer booking at NYC's Gaslight Cafe

1956

Served in US Navy Medical Corps, completing high school during his hitch

Served as host of the "Picture Page" segments of "Captain Kangaroo's Wake Up"

Served as a commercial spokesperson for such products as Jell-O, Kodak and Coca-Cola

Was a regular on the PBS instructional series "Feeling Good" hosted by Dick Cavett

Debut as stand-up comedian at 'The Cellar' room in The Underground club in Philadelphia

Grew up in a housing project in north Philadelphia

Dropped out of high school after flunking the 10th grade twice

Bonus Trivia

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His disertation for his doctorate in education focused on the impact on children's values of his popular 1970s cartoon series, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"

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Cosby has recorded more than two dozen albums.

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He once explained that the 'E' that started each of his five children's names stood for "excellence"

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Inducted to the TV Hall of Fame, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.

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Cosby's only son Ennis Cosby, aged 27, was murdered on Jan. 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire in Los Angeles, California. On March 12, 1997, his assailant, Mikail Markhasev, was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with attempted robbery and murder. He was convicted on July 7, 1998 and is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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Cosby's success in the 1960s freed his mother from her life as a domestic: "For the rest of her life, she bowled, cheated at bridge with little old ladies, [and] made the best peach chiffon pie in the world - only she used too many eggs. But do you know what that incredible woman did when she died? In her will she left me $48,000, in case I ever needed something to fall back on." - Cosby quoted in Biography magazine, June 1998

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In 1999, Cosby was approved as a part owner of the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

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Received an honorary degree from Fashion Institute of Technology in May 2000.

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He was honored with the Steven J Ross/Time Warner Award presented by USC's School of Cinema-Television in 2000. He had previously received an honorary degree from the school in 1998.

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In 1997, Cosby was victimized by Autumn Jackson, a young woman claiming to be his daughter, who demanded $40 million from Cosby in exchange for not telling her story to the tabloids; Cosby had been funding her education and admitted to a liaison with her mother but claimed he was not the girl's father; Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in prison for attempted extortion.

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In October 2009, Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor which was presented by Jerry Seinfeld at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

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