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Birthday: July 12, 1937
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6' 1"
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| African-American entertainer Bill Cosby, in his own words, "started out as a child," the son of an a day maid and an absentee father. A product of grinding poverty, Cosby escaped his rundown Philadelphia neighborhood by dropping out of high school and joining the navy. He earned his diploma via correspondence course, then earned a football scholarship to Temple University. Working nights as a bartender, Cosby discovered he had the ability to make people laugh, so he temporarily shelved his plans to become an athletics teacher and set out to become a nightclub comedian. Most black comics of the era used the race issue in their act; this didn't quite work for Cosby, but relating humorous reminiscences about himself and his childhood buddies worked beautifully. After numerous TV guest shots and several top-selling, Grammy Award-winning record albums, Cosby was signed by producer Sheldon Leonard to co-star with Robert Culp in a weekly TV espionage series, I Spy. This was an era of acute racial tension; many NBC executives were wary about a black leading man, and quite a few Southern affiliates threatened not to run the show, but Leonard, a street scrapper from way back, refused to back down. I Spy was a hit, earning Cosby an Emmy. As the series progressed, the camaraderie between Cosby and Culp deepened, and by the end of the series, Culp was talking and ad-libbing in the same low-key, offbeat cadence that Cosby had adopted for his club appearances! After I Spy, Cosby signed a sweetheart deal with NBC, which guaranteed him a two-year run on his next program, whether the ratings were good or not. The Bill Cosby Show cast the star as high school coach Chet Kincaid, and was unusual for the time in that it was a sitcom minus a laughtrack. At times it was a sitcom minus laughs as well, but NBC had made its promise, and Cosby did his best. In the '70s he teamed with actor/director Sidney Poitier to make a trio of popular crime/comedy features: Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, and A Piece of the Action. Viewers who think of Cosby in terms of one success after another have forgotten such failed 1970s TV projects as The New Bill Cosby Show and Cos. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was The Cosby Show, the eight-season wonder that single-handedly rescued the sitcom format from oblivion in 1984 and enabled the woebegone NBC network to crack the Number One slot in the ratings week after week. And there were guest spots on the award-winning children's show The Electric Company and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1969-84) a superlative Saturday morning cartoon show supervised by Cosby that managed to be what is now called "prosocial" without losing any of the fun. He has also been the long-time commercial spokesman for Jell-O. In the fall of 1996 Cosby returned to prime time TV with yet another The Cosby Show sitcom, again set in New York City and co-starring Phylicia Rashad. Although he has been unable to build a successful movie career, Cosby's TV success has made him one of the wealthiest entertainers in the history of the business. Cosby's success is not limited to the entertainment industry, as he returned to school in the '70s and earned a PH.D. degree in education and has since become a staunch advocate and supporter of education in the Black community, donating time and money to the cause.
- National Enquirer offers 0,000 reward for the capture of the killer of Bill's son, Ennis. [January 1997]
- Bill's son, Ennis Cosby (27), was shot dead while fixing a flat tire off the San Diego Freeway. [16 January 1997]
- He and Camille have five children: Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis (deceased)
- In 1976, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His dissertation was titled "An Integration of the Visual Media Via "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning."
- His wife, Camille O. Cosby, is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother.
- At one time expressed a very public interest in purchasing the National Broadcasting Company.
- Sang on a number of albums in the 70s.
- In addition to numerous best-selling comedy albums over the years, for which he won several Grammy awards, Cosby had a top-40 hit as a singer in 1969 with "Little Old Man."
- Insisted that "The Cosby Show" (1984) be filmed in New York; he disliked working in Hollywood.
- Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade 
- Many elements of "The Cosby Show" (1984) were references to his own family. Phylicia Rashad's (Clair Huxtable's) maiden name was Hanks, like his wife Camille's maiden name. Also, like he has in real life, the Huxtables had four daughters and one son.
- Was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
- Son Ennis is buried on Cosby family estate in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
- First Black performer to win an Emmy, for "I Spy" (1965).
- Biography in "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pp. 120-122. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- Cliff Huxtable, Cosby's character on "The Cosby Show" (1984), was ranked #1 by TV Guide in its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time [20 June 2004 issue].
- The oldest of 4 children.
- Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1994.
- Broke Radio City's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. (1986)
- Was an Honoree at the Kennedy Center Awards, and attended the ceremony with Bill Clinton, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- Is also a best-selling author.
- As a child, he listened to great comedians such as: Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jimmy Durante and Fred Allen.
- Fat Albert, Old Weird Harold, and Dumb Donald were based on his series of comedy routines about his school pals, and he tested them on his most appreciative audience: his mother.
- Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) for his commitment to advancing higher education and for his longtime love and promotion of jazz. [May 2004]
- Was once part-owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
- Has been imitated by various comedians, such as Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Dave Coulier, Eddie Griffin, and Kenan Thompson.
- The character Dr. Hibbert from "The Simpsons" (1989) is based on him.
- Within 15 seconds after watching Kenan Thompson's Fat Albert (2004) audition tape, he said to director Joel Zwick, "Hire him!"
- When _"Simpsons, The" (1989) started competing with "The Cosby Show" (1984) in 1989, the already declining audience of the Cosby Show decreased even more. Because of this, both shows had a playful attitude toward each other. The Cosby Show made small references to the "the Simpsons, including one episode where Bill wore a Bart Simpson mask, and the Simpsons made small references to the Cosby Show, including the character of Dr. Hibbert, a direct reference to Cosby.
- Decided to become a stand-up comedian when he was a bartender. Many of the bars customers would comment on how funny he was and tell him to try his act on stage for an audience. He is one of the most successful stand up acts in history, releasing numerous hit records of his shows and still selling out venues to this date.
- When "The Cosby Show" (1984) was ruling the NBC line-up in the mid-1980s, he insisted that his newly produced show, "A Different World" (1987), a spin-off of the Cosby Show, follow after his show instead of the hit "Family Ties" (1982). He wanted this done because he felt there was a lack of shows on TV that promoted African Americans in a positive light. NBC made the move, which led to two things happening: The Cosby Show audience was cut by 20% and never fully recovered, and Family Ties struggled to get the high numbers it once received and was canceled by 1989.
- Dyslexia ran in the Cosby family. Bill didn't inherit it, but brother Russell did (not finding out until he was an adult). Bill's son Ennis was dyslexic, but overcame it well enough to graduate from college.
- Brother of Russell Cosby.
- Wife Camille (nee Hanks) is related to Tom Hanks, and both share lineage with Abraham Lincoln through his mother Nancy Hanks.
- Like Bob Newhart, has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity.
- Recently became a vegetarian.
- All his children name's start with the letter E for excellence
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