Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby

Born

7/12/1937, Philidelphia,Pennslyvania USA

Birth Name

William Henry Cosby Jr.

Gender

Male

Also Known As

William H. Cosby Jr., Ed.D., Dr. William Henry Cosby, William Cosby Jr. Ed., William H. Cosby Jr., William Cosby, William H. Cosby
9.6
out of 10
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131 votes

Biography

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William H. Cosby Jr. was born on July 12th, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bill Cosby is an American actor, comedian, television producer, and activist. For over thirty years, he has been one of the world's most respected and well-known entertainers and comedians. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2004, Bill won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program in his work on Little Bill.

    • In 1981, Bill won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming playing Fat Albert, Bill, Mushmouth, Mudfoot and Brown Hornet on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

    • In 1969, Bill won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program in his work on The Bill Cosby Special.

    • Bill Cosby was the first Black to win a Best Actor Emmy.

    • Bill has won three Emmy awards for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" for his role in the television series I Spy. He won the award for three consecutive years (1966-1968).

    • Bill has won two Golden Globe awards for "Best Actor in a Television Comedy/Musical". He received one in 1985 and 1986 for his role in The Cosby Show.

    • In 1969, Bill received the third in a long line of prestigious "Man of the Year" awards from Harvard University's famed performance group, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

    • Bill won the 2003 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

    • In a 2005 British poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Bill was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by his fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

    • Bill has been awarded many honorary degrees from different universities.

      - Honorary Doctorate from Haverford College in May, 2002
      - Honorary Doctorate from Baylor University, September, 2003
      - Honorary Doctorate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania during their 2003 graduation ceremony
      - Honorary Degree from the Sisseton Wahpeton College on the Lake Traverse Reservation for his contributions to minority education, presented by President William Harjo LoneFight in 2003
      - Honorary Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Cincinnati during the 2001 graduation ceremony
      - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale University in 2003
      - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Carnegie Mellon University at the 2007 commencement ceremony, where he was also the keynote speaker
      - Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from the Berklee College of Music during the 2004 commencement ceremony

    • Bill has been hosting the Los Angeles Playboy Jazz Festival since 1979.

    • Bill is a noted pen collector. He is the spokesperson for the Fountain Pen Hospital.

    • Bill is a Philadelphia Eagles fan. When both their starting and backup quarterbacks were injured, Bill jokingly sent in some of his old football gear to head coach Andy Reid, telling him he was ready to play when needed.

    • Bill is an active alumni supporter of his alma mater, Temple University. He is particularly supportive of their men's basketball team and frequently attends their games.

    • Bill met his wife, Camille, while performing stand-up comedy in Washington, D.C.

    • While serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman for four years, Bill worked in physical therapy.

    • In 1997, Autumn Jackson was arrested for attempting to extort 40 million dollars from Bill Cosby. She claimed to be Bill's illegitimate daughter.

    • Bill has a BA from Temple University, and a PHD in education from the University of Massachusetts.

    • Bill has been a sought-after spokesperson for Kodak film, Coca-Cola, and the now-defunct retail chain Service Merchandise.

    • Bill Cosby wrote a story for the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

    • While starring in The Cosby Show, Bill appeared in 4 of NBC's public service announcements, The More You Know. His topics were teacher recruitment, education appreciation, prenatal substance abuse, and violence prevention.

    • Bill Cosby loves to smoke cigars. He picked up this habit from Groucho Marx, one of his comedy influences.

    • Bill Cosby is against affirmative action.

    • In 1998, Bill Cosby was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2002, he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    • Bill Cosby was the class president and captain of the baseball and track teams at Mary Channing Wister Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    • Bill Cosby is a vegetarian.

    • Bill Cosby went to college on an athletics scholarship at Temple University.

    • Bill Cosby dropped out of high school after the tenth grade so he could join the Navy. He later completed his high school studies through a correspondence course.

    • In June of 2006, Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, donated $3 million to Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine to help aid the study of mental health.

    • In 2006, Andrea Constand settled her lawsuit against Bill Cosby out of court. She accused him of sexual harassment.

    • His mother's name is Anna Cosby. She died in 1991.

    • Much like Bob Newhart's comedic style, Bill Cosby has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity.

    • He was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Awards, and attended the ceremony with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    • In the June 20, 2004 issue of TV Guide, Cliff Huxtable, Cosby's character on The Cosby Show, was ranked #1 in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time."

    • Many elements of The Cosby Show 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.

    • At one time he expressed a very public interest in purchasing the National Broadcasting Company.

    • Bill received a combined score of 500 on his SATs.

    • Bill joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 77 entitled "Here Comes the Neighborhood".

    • Bill's son Ennis, who was murdered in 1997, was affected by dyslexia which runs in Bill's family. Although Bill was not dyslexic, his brother Russell was.

    • Bill was once part owner of the "Golden State Warriors" that was a part of the National Basketball Association.

    • Bill was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Science Hall of Fame in 1994.

    • Bill is the oldest of four children.

    • Bill was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity when he was in college.

    • Bill was the Grand Marshal in the Tournament of Roses parade.

    • Bill was insistent on The Cosby Show being filmed in New York, because he doesn't like Hollywood.

    • Bill's wife Camille Hanks, is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother. Camille is also related to actor Tom Hanks.

    • Bill's five children are named Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin and Ennis. All their names start with the letter E for excellence.

    • Bill's son Ennis Cosby lost his life at age 27 when he was shot to death fixing a flat tire in San Diego. The National Enquirer offered $100,000 reward for the capture of the killer of Bill's son, Ennis. In January of 1997, Ennis was buried on the Cosby family estate in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

    • Bill married Camille Hanks on January 25th, 1964 and are still married today. They have 5 children.

    • Bill can be seen doing commercials for Jello pudding and Jello gelatin.

    • Bill has won 9 Grammy Awards, in the categories of Children and in categories of Comedy.

    • Bill is 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Bill Cosby: You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.

    • Bill Cosby: Old is always 15 years from now.

    • Bill Cosby: Did you ever see the customers in health - food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look half - dead. In a steak house, you see robust, ruddy people. They're dying, of course, but they look terrific.

    • Bill Cosby: I want to die before my wife, and the reason is this: If it is true that when you die, your soul goes up to judgment, i don't want my wife up there ahead of me to tell them things.

    • Bill Cosby: Women don't want to hear what you (men) think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.

    • Bill Cosby: (why he recast Telma Hopkins with Phylicia Rashad on "Cosby") Telma was brand-new to me. I was brand-new to her. There are times when I want to go. If I'm unfair to any actor or actress, it's when I decide to go, to ad lib. Phylicia can catch.

    • Bill Cosby: (describing a return to network TV at age 56) Sometimes you're finishing up at 10:30 or 11 at night and you can see them figuring out a way to get you at least in a car at 8:45 the next morning. I was 28 to 31 when I did I Spy. And at 56, I have to look at Angela Lansbury and Andy Griffith and Jim Garner with a lot of admiration.

    • Bill Cosby: Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy.

    • Bill Cosby: My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.

    • Bill Cosby: Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you.

    • Bill Cosby: Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry

    • Bill Cosby: If you're a parent, the five worst words you can say to your children are: 'When I was your age.' You were NEVER their age. You were older in the womb.

    • Bill Cosby: What best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.

    • Bill Cosby: No parent must ever say, 'Get the kids out of here, I'm trying to watch TV.' The father who does start saying this is likely to see one of his children on the 6:00 News.

    • Bill Cosby: Kids will spend $500 on sneakers but won't spend $200 on 'Hooked-on-Phonics.'

    • Bill Cosby: Gray hair is God's graffiti.

    • Bill Cosby: Because of my father, I thought my name was Jesus Christ. My brother Russell thought that his name was Dammit.

    • Bill Cosby: A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones who need the advice.

    • Bill Cosby: Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home and be happy.

    • Bill Cosby: Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

    • Bill Cosby: There is no job a man can do that is undignified- if he does it well

    • Bill Cosby: There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God.

    • Bill Cosby: When you become senile, you won't know it.

    • Bill Cosby: In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

    • Bill Cosby: Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.

    • Bill Cosby: I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A television icon.

    10
    Bill Cosby has my respect as a celebrity. I think that he's one of the most genuine people and has made his mark in television for the ages. The Bill Cosby show was great. I thought that it was really funny as its humor was original and its acting was very good, especially for a sitcom. I feel bad for Bill about what happened to his son. He has shown some great toughness in keeping his life together after the tragedy. He has been an unforgettable person and he will go down as one of television's faces. He did very well for African-Americans by being a great role model. Thank you.moreless
  • classic!

    9.5
    If you do not know who Bill Cosby is then you've missed one of the greatest and most well - known comedians today. He has his own unique styles that defines him and makes him stand out. The moments he created in the Cosby Show are just halarious and stay with us forever. He made one of the funniest shows with the most interesting tv family out there. I really enjoy his type of humor and his uniqueness. Overall, amazing actor and comedian and one of the all time greats that should be recognized for his amazing work over the years.moreless
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