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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Claim to Fame
I Spy, The Cosby Show, Fat Albert
Actor/Actress, Music Department, Other Crew
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Profile Bio Text
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a vanguard role in the 1960s action show I Spy. He later starred in his own series, The Bill Cosby Show, in 1969. He was one of the major characters on the children`s television show The Electric Company for its first two seasons, and created the humorous educational cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby also acted in numerous films. Cosby`s net worth is estimated at over $300 million. During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered one of the decade`s defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which lasted eight seasons from 1984 to 1992, and is still seen in syndication. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an upper middle-class African-American family. He also produced the hit sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. In the 1990s, Cosby starred in Cosby, which aired from 1996 to 2000, and during the show`s last two seasons, hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things, and appeared in a number of movies. He has also appeared on the stand-up circuit. His good-natured, fatherly image has made him a popular personality and garnered him the nickname of "America`s Dad". He has also been a sought-after spokesman and over the years has plugged numerous products including Jell-O Pudding, Kodak Film, Ford, Texas Instruments and Coca-Cola (as well as New Coke). In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Bill Cosby on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans. He earned an Ed.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1976.
Cosby met his wife Camille Hanks while he was performing stand-up in Washington, D.C., in the early 1960s, and she was a student at the University of Maryland. They married on January 25, 1964, and 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 to death while changing a flat tire on the side of the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997.
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Central High School, Philadelphia, PA, Germantown High School (1956)
Physical Education, Temple University (1965), Master`s in Education, University of Massachusetts (at Amherst) (1972), PhD in Education, University of Massachusetts (at Amherst) (1977)
Full Name at Birth
William Henry Cosby, Jr.
William H. Cosby
Russell Cosby, Robert Cosby, James Cosby
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Actor, Comedian, Author, Producer
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.
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Ennis Cosby (Son), Erika Cosby (Daughter), Erinn Cosby (Daughter), Ensa Cosby (Daughter), Evin Cosby (Daughter)
Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
The Brokaw Company, Celebrity Talent International, PFP Sports & Celebrity Talent Agency
TV commercial: City of Philadelphia (2000), TV commercial: Texas Instruments (early 1980s), TV commercial: School to Work (1998), TV commercial: Coca-Cola (1980s), TV commercial: Kodak Film (1990-1992), Is one of the voices that intones the name "Viacom" over the Viacom logo., TV commercial: UMass-Boston, TV commercial: TV Land (2005), TV commercials: Turner Classic Movies (TCM)., Has been spokesperson for Jello since 1973., (1978) TV commercial: Del Monte Corn (voiceover), (1987-88) Print ads for Kodak Film and their Colorwatch System., (1970s - 2010s) Huge, varied, and long running series of TV commercials, print ads, and personal appearances for and promoting Jell-O products, including: Jell-O pudding; Jell-O gelatin desert; frozen Jell-O Pops (in gelatin and pudding varieties); the new Sugar-Free Jell-O (which replaced D-Zerta in 1984 and was sweetened with NutraSweet); Jell-O Jigglers concentrated gummi snacks; and Sparkling Jell-O, a carbonated version of the dessert touted as the "Champagne of Jell-O," and a few other Jell-O products. Although he was the commercial spokesperson for Jell-O for well over 30 years, there was a 6-7 year break in the 2000s, before returning to the airwaves in 2010. This representation spanned both General Mills and Kraft corporate parental eras., E.F. Hutton, Disneyworld
www.nndb.com/people/674/000022608/, twitter.com/billcosby, www.facebook.com/billcosby, www.biography.com/people/bill-cosby-9258468, www.billcosby.com
Music Genre (Text)
Observational comedy, Satire, Surreal Humor, Deadpan
Music Genre (Text)
satire, surreal humor, deadpan
Wiki Bio Text
==William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr.== (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. His start in stand-up comedy began at the [[hungry i]] in San Francisco; he then landed a starring role in the 1960s television show [[I Spy]]. He was also a regular on the children's television series [[The Electric Company]] during the show's first two seasons.
===Using the [[Fat Albert]] character developed during his stand-up routines,=== Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series [[Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids]], a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby starred in a number of films, and he occasionally returned to film later in his career. He attended Temple University in the 1960s and received his bachelor's degree there in 1971. In 1973, he received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and in 1976, he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of [[Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids]] as a teaching tool in elementary schools.
===Beginning in the 1980s,=== Cosby produced and starred in a television sitcom, [[The Cosby Show]], which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. Cosby produced [[the Cosby Show]] spin-off sitcom [[A Different World]], which aired from 1987 to 1993, starred in [[The Cosby Mysteries]] from 1994 to 1995, starred in the sitcom [[Cosby]] from 1996 to 2000; and hosted [[Kids Say the Darndest Things]] for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.
===Cosby has been the subject of sexual assault allegations,=== the earliest of which date back decades; those allegations did not become highly publicized until 2014. More than sixty women have accused him of rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. The earliest alleged incidents took place in the mid-1960s and the most recent in 2008. He has denied the allegations, but numerous related lawsuits are still pending against Cosby. Most of the acts alleged by his accusers fall outside the statutes of limitations for criminal legal proceedings, but one notable case went to trial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania after he was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. He surrendered to authorities on December 30, 2015, and was released on $1 million bail. Cosby's trial started on June 5, 2017, and ended in mistrial on June 17. Immediately afterwards, the prosecution announced its intention to retry the case.