Cosby in 2011
William Henry Cosby Jr.
July 12, 1937
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, musician, author|
|Criminal charge||3 counts of aggravated indecent assault|
Camille Hanks (m. 1964)
|Children||5, including Erika Cosby and Ennis Cosby|
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire, surreal humor, deadpan|
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937), is a convicted sex offender and former American stand-up comedian, actor, author, producer, musician, activist. He was also a regular star of movies and television.
Life[change | change source]
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
He is the creator of such shows as Filmation's animated Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, NBC's The Cosby Show (in which he played a doctor named Heathcliff Huxtable) and Nick at Nite's Fatherhood (with Blair Underwood).
Personal life[change | change source]
Cosby married Camille Hanks Cosby in 1964. Together, they have five children. Cosby lives in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sexual assault charges[change | change source]
As of December 30, 2015, numerous civil lawsuits are active against Cosby, and he faces one felony charge of aggravated indecent assault in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; a warrant was issued for his arrest. This charge is based on the 2005 allegations of a January 2004 incident. He was released on a $1 million dollar bail later that day.
He was found guilty of three counts of assault on April 26, 2018, and was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison in late September 2018.
Works[change | change source]
Discography[change | change source]
Comedy albums[change | change source]
- Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right! (1963)
- I Started Out as a Child (1964)
- Why Is There Air? (1965)
- Wonderfulness (1966)
- Revenge (1967)
- To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1968)
- 200 M.P.H. (1968)
- 8:15 12:15 (1969)
- It's True! It's True! (1969)
- Sports (1969)
- Live: Madison Square Garden Center (1970)
- When I Was a Kid (1971)
- For Adults Only (1971)
- Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs (1971)
- Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby (1972)
- Fat Albert (1973)
- My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do? (1977)
- Bill's Best Friend (1978)
- Bill Cosby: Himself (1982)
- Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand (1986)
- Oh, Baby! (1991)
- Bill Cosby: Far from Finished (TV broadcast on November 23, 2013, Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital distribution on November 26, 2013)
Music albums[change | change source]
- Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings (1967)
- Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! (1968)
- Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band (1971)
- Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert – As master of ceremonies (Columbia, 1972)
- Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band (1972)
- At Last Bill Cosby Really Sings (1974)
- Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days (1976)
- Disco Bill (1977)
- Where You Lay Your Head (1990)
- My Appreciation (1991)
- Hello Friend: To Ennis, With Love (1997)
- Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby – The Original Jam Sessions 1969 (2004)
- Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby – The New Mixes Vol. 1 (2004)
- State of Emergency (2009)
- Keep Standing (2010)
Compilations[change | change source]
Singles[change | change source]
|1967||"Little Ol' Man (Uptight—Everything's Alright)"||4||18|
|1970||"Grover Henson Feels Forgotten"||70||—|
|1976||"I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself"||—||59|
|"Yes, Yes, Yes"||46||11|
Filmography[change | change source]
|1965–1968||I Spy||Alexander Scott||TV series|
|1969||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||Patron at nightclub (uncredited)|
|1969||Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert||Bill / Fat Albert / Dumb Donald (voice)||TV movie|
|1969–1971||The Bill Cosby Show||Chet Kincaid||TV series|
|1971–1973||The Electric Company||Hank||TV series|
|1971||Man and Boy||Caleb Revers||TV movie|
|1972||The New Bill Cosby Show||Host||TV series|
|1972–1985||Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids||"Fat" Albert Jackson (voice)||TV series|
|1972||To All My Friends on Shore||Blue||TV movie|
|1972||Hickey & Boggs||Al Hickey|
|1974||Uptown Saturday Night||Wardell Franklin|
|1974||Journey Back to Oz||The Wizard of Oz||TV version only|
|1975||Let's Do It Again||Billy Foster|
|1976||Mother, Jugs & Speed||Mother|
|1977||A Piece of the Action||Dave Anderson|
|1978||Top Secret||Aaron Strickland||TV movie|
|1978||California Suite||Dr. Willis Panama|
|1981||The Devil and Max Devlin||Barney Satin|
|1984–1992||The Cosby Show||Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable||TV series|
|1987||Leonard Part 6||Leonard Parker||Also producer and writer|
|1987||Bill Cosby:49||Himself||Live comedy concert film released on VHS|
|1987||A Different World||Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable||TV series|
|1990||Ghost Dad||Elliot Hopper|
|1992–1993||You Bet Your Life||Host||TV series|
|1993||The Meteor Man||Marvin|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Guy Hanks||TV movie|
|1994–1995||The Cosby Mysteries||Guy Hanks||TV series|
|1994||I Spy Returns||Alexander Scott||TV movie|
|1996–2000||Cosby||Hilton Lucas||TV series|
|1998–2000||Kids Say the Darndest Things||Host||TV series|
|1999–2004||Little Bill||Captain Brainstorm (voice)||TV series|
|2002||Sylvia's Path||Voice||TV movie|
|2014||Bill Cosby 77||Himself|
Books[change | change source]
- Cosby, Bill (1986). Fatherhood. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-23410-8. OCLC 15686687.
- Cosby, Bill (1987). Time Flies. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-24040-6. OCLC 16081611.
- Cosby, Bill (1989). Love and Marriage. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-24664-4. OCLC 18984758.
- Cosby, Bill (1991). Childhood. New York: Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-13647-4. OCLC 23650310.
- Cosby, Bill (1998). Kids Say the Darndest Things. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-11043-2. OCLC 39498709.
- Cosby, Bill (1999). Congratulations! Now What?: A Book for Graduates. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6572-7. OCLC 40979923.
- Allen, Dwight William; Cosby, Bill (2000). American Schools: The $100 Billion Challenge. New York: IPublish.com. ISBN 978-0-7595-5000-1. OCLC 48915448.
- Cosby, Bill; Booth, George (2001). Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6810-0. OCLC 46359836.
- Cosby, Bill (2003). I Am What I Ate. and I'm Frightened!!!: And Other Digressions from the Doctor of Comedy. New York: HarperEntertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-054573-4. OCLC 52387894.
- Cosby, Bill; Cosby, Erika (2003). Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables. New York: Harper Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-009147-7. OCLC 52206847.
- Cosby, Bill; Poussaint, Alvin F. (2007). Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-092-7. OCLC 153581209.
- Cosby, Bill (2011). I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was). New York: Center Street. ISBN 978-0-89296-920-3. OCLC 707964887.
Awards and honors[change | change source]
- 1969: Received his third Man of the Year award from Harvard University's performance group the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.[source?]
- 1991: Induction into the Television Hall of Fame.[source?]
- 1998: Received the Kennedy Center Honor.
- 2002: The Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to television[source?]
- 2002: The scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book The 100 Greatest African Americans.
- 2003: The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.[source?]
- 2005: In a British poll broadcast on Channel 4 to find the Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top-50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
- 2010: Received the Lone Sailor Award by the United States Navy Memorial.
- 2009: Presented with the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.[source?]
- 2011: Made an honorary Chief Petty Officer (Hospital Corpsman) in the United States Navy. The Navy revoked this award on December 4, 2014.
Emmys[change | change source]
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series – Primetime Emmys
1966 I Spy – Alexander Scott
1967 I Spy – Alexander Scott
1968 I Spy – Alexander Scott
Outstanding Variety Or Musical Program – Primetime Emmys
1969 The Bill Cosby Special
Grammys[change | change source]
Best Comedy Performance – Grammy Awards
1965 I Started Out as a Child
1966 Why Is There Air?
1969 To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With
1987 Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
Best Recording for Children – Grammy Awards
1971 The Electric Company – Cast member
1972 Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs
Honorary degrees[change | change source]
Cosby has been awarded at least 57 honorary degrees since 1985. Several of these honorary degrees have been rescinded due to allegations of sexual assault and/or immoral behavior:
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Boston University, May 18, 2014 (Rescinded) 
- Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Marquette University, May 19, 2013. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from The University of San Francisco, May 18, 2012. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Oberlin College, May 1, 2010. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, December 5, 2008.
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Carnegie Mellon University, May 20, 2007; he was also the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony.
- Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, May 8, 2004. Cosby was also the host of the school's 60th Anniversary Concert in January 2006.
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wilkes University, May 2004.(Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Baylor University, September 4, 2003, at the "Spirit Rally" for the Baylor and Central Texas communities. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Yale University, May 26, 2003.
- Honorary Degree in 2003 from Sisseton Wahpeton College for his contributions to minority education.[source?]
- Honorary Doctorate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania during the 2003 graduation ceremony.[source?]
- Honorary Doctorate from Paine College in 2003.
- Honorary Doctorate from Drew University during the 2002 graduation ceremony. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Haverford College, May 2002.
- Honorary Degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Cincinnati in 2001.[source?]
- Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Fordham University in 2001. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctorate from Goucher College, 2001. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Tufts University, 2000. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctorate from Amherst College, May 1999. (Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa) (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctorate from Colgate University, May 22, 1999; he was also the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony.
- Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, May 8, 1998.
- Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut, and served as the commencement speaker, May 18, 1996. (Rescinded) 
- Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Swarthmore College, 1995. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1992. (Rescinded)
- Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania, 1990. He also served as the commencement speaker in May 1997.
- Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Brown University, May 1985. (Rescinded)
References[change | change source]
- Allyn, Bobby (January 23, 2018). "Bill Cosby Makes Surprise Stand-Up Appearance Ahead Of Retrial". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- CNN, Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper,. "Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts in indecent assault trial". CNN. Retrieved April 26, 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison". The New York Times. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- "Cosby sentenced to prison for sex assault". BBC News. September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- Smith, Emily. "Bill Cosby is 'completely blind' and homebound". Page Six. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- Dale, Maryclaire (December 30, 2015). "Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting a woman". Associated Press. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- "The Latest: Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault". ABC News. ABC TV. Associated Press. December 30, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
- Ohlheiser, Abby (30 December 2015). "Bill Cosby charged in sexual assault case". Washington Post (Online). Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- Rappleye, Connor, Hannah, Tracy (September 6, 2016). "Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Trial Set for June 5". NBC News. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "Bill Cosby's new lawyer represented Michael Jackson". NBC News.
- TV News Desk. "Video: Bill Cosby: Far From Finished on Blu-Ray/DVD Today". Retrieved December 6, 2014.
- "Biography of Bill Cosby". John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2007. Unknown parameter
- Asante, Molefi K. (2002). 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Pyr Books. ISBN 978-1-57392-963-9.
- "The comedians' comedian". Chortle.co.uk. December 30, 2015.
- "Lone Sailor Award recipients". navymemorial.org.
- Mass, Chief. "MCPON Designates Bill Cosby Honorary Chief". United States Navy. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012. Unknown parameter
- "To Revoke or Not: Colleges That Gave Cosby Honors Face a Tough Question". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
- "Boston University rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree". Boston Globe. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
- "Bill Cosby is Marquette University's spring Commencement speaker". Marquette University Office of Marketing and Communication. Retrieved May 20, 2013.[dead link]
- "University of San Francisco Rescinds Bill Cosby Honorary Degree". NBC BAY AREA. September 30, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- "Oberlin College gives Cosbys, Stevie Wonder honorary doctorates". Retrieved October 12, 2015.
- "Oberlin College rescinds honorary degree awarded Bill Cosby". New York Daily News. December 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
- "VCU 40th Anniversary Events". Virginia Commonwealth University. Archived from the original on February 25, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2009. Unknown parameter
- "Commencement 2007: Celebrating Honors and Achievements". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- Berklee College of Music (May 8, 2004). "Retiring College President Lee Eliot Berk and Bill Cosby Honored at Berklee College of Music's 2004 Commencement". Press release. http://www.berklee.edu/commencement/2004/default.html. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- "Three Score: The Berklee 60th Anniversary Concert". Berklee College of Music. January 28, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2009.[dead link]
- "Wilkes University rescinds Cosby's honorary degree". CITIZENS VOICE. October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- "Bill Cosby Lifts Baylor, Waco Spirits At "Pep Rally"". Baylor University. September 5, 2003. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- Stottlemyre, Matthew (October 9, 2015). "Baylor rescinds honorary doctorate given to Bill Cosby in 2003". WacoTrib.com. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Honorary Degrees". Yale Bulletin and Calendar 31 (31). June 6, 2003. http://www.yale.edu/opa/arc-ybc/v31.n31/story103.html. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- "Georgia college considers rescinding honorary degree given to Bill Cosby; will vote next week". Star Tribune. October 17, 2015.
- "Bill Cosby Commencement Speech 2002". Drew University. May 2002. Retrieved March 29, 2015.[dead link]
- "Honorary Degree Recipients" (PDF). Haverford College. July 7, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. Unknown parameter
- "Cosby Urges Rensselaer Graduates: Be Honest, Be Humble". Albany, New York. May 12, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
- Laura Sanicola (September 24, 2015). "Another hit for Cosby: Fordham rescinds honorary degree". USA TODAY College. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- Gregorian, Dareh (September 24, 2015). "Fordham revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree". Daily News. New York. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "Baltimore's Goucher College Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree". WBOC 16. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
- "Tufts University Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree". CBS Boston. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
- "Bill Cosby: Commencement Speaker". Newswise. May 22, 1999. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "A Joyous Day of Academic Celebration – USC's 115th Commencement, May 8, 1998". USC News. May 8, 1998. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- "Commencement: Speakers". University of Connecticut. May 18, 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- "Commencement: Honorary Degrees". University of Connecticut. May 18, 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
- MEGAN, KATHLEEN. "UConn Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree". courant.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- "Past Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients". Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- "Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree at Cal Poly Pomona Revoked". Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "Commencement: Honorary Degrees". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 19, 2009.[dead link]
- "Commencement: Speakers Since 1938". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 19, 2009.[dead link]
- "Brown revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree". Brown Daily Herald. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
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