Bill Cosby

Birthday:
07/12/1937
Place of birth:
Philadelphia, PA, USA:
Biography:
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.

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Everything Is Terrible! Presents: The Great Satan (2017)
Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon (2017)
Bill Cosby: An American Scandal (2017)
Bill Cosby: 77 (2014)
as Himself
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished (2013)
as Himself
Moms Mabley (2013)
as Himself
After Newtown: Guns in America (2013)
as Self
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)
Goose (2012)
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)
as Self
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (2008)
as Himself
Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (2007)
as Himself
Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s (2007)
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits (2006)
as Self
Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life (2006)
The Shame of a City (2006)
as Himself
The Pact (2006)
as Himself
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005)
as Himself (archive footage)
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2005)
as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World (2005)
as Himself
Fat Albert (2004)
as Himself
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004)
Jack Paar: Smart Television (2003)
as Himself
Comedian (2002)
as Himself
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story (2000)
4 Little Girls (1997)
as Himself - Educator
Jack (1996)
as Lawrence Woodruff
I Spy Returns (1994)
as Alexander Scott
The Meteor Man (1993)
as Marvin
The One, the Only... Groucho (1991)
as Himself
Ghost Dad (1990)
as Elliot Hopper
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
as Himself
Sesame Street: 20 Years ... and Still Counting! (1989)
as Himself - Host
Leonard Part 6 (1987)
as Leonard Parker
Bill Cosby: 49 (1987)
as Himself
Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis (1986)
as Himself
In Remembrance of Martin (1986)
Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)
as Himself
The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
as Barney Satin
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party (1979)
California Suite (1978)
as Dr. Willis Panama
Top Secret (1978)
as Aaron Strickland
The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977)
as Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Bill, Mudfoot Brown (voices)
The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977)
as Bill / Fat Albert / Mushmouth / Mudfoot Brown (voice)
A Piece of the Action (1977)
as Dave Anderson
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
as Mother
Let's Do It Again (1975)
as Billy Foster
Journey Back to Oz (1974)
as The Wizard of Oz (TV version)
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
as Wardell Franklin
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
as Al Hickey
To All My Friends On Shore (1972)
as Blue
Aesop's Fables (1971)
as Aesop
Man and Boy (1971)
as Caleb Revers
Diana! (1971)
as Himself
Bill Cosby on Prejudice (1971)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
as Nightclub Patron in Hat
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed (1968)
as Narrator
Fragile, Handle With Care
as Narrator

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