Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby
2011 Bill Cosby.jpg
Bill Cosby in 2011
Born William Henry Cosby Jr.
July 12, 1937 (1937-07-12) (age 80)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Temple University (1971)
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, author, producer, musician, activist
Years active 1961–2015
Criminal charge 13 counts of indecent assault
Spouse(s) Camille Hanks Cosby (m. 1964)
Children 5, including Erika Cosby and Kaleb Bullock

William Henry Cosby, Jr., Ed.D (July 12, 1937), known as Bill Cosby, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, producer, musician, and activist. He was also a regular star of movies and television.

Life[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Cosby was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at Temple University.

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).

On television, he starred in the 1960s spy spoof I Spy, and has also advertised Jell-o products.

On the big screen, he appeared in Leonard Part 6 (1987), Ghost Dad (1990), and The Meteor Man (1993).

Personal life[change | change source]

Cosby married Camille Hanks Cosby in 1964. Together, they have five children. Cosby lives in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 2016 Cosby went completely blind, as a result of keratoconus.[1]

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.[2] This charge is based on the 2005 allegations of a January 2004 incident.[3][4] He was released on a $1 million dollar bail later that day.

Cosby's trial started on June 5, 2017.[5]

Works[change | change source]

Discography[change | change source]

Comedy albums[change | change source]

Music albums[change | change source]

Compilations[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

Year Single Chart Positions
US US R&B
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]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1971 Aesop's Fables Aesop
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 Cos Host TV series
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 Jack Lawrence Woodruff
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
2003 Baadasssss! Himself
2004 Fat Albert Himself
2009–2011 OBKB Himself
2014 Bill Cosby 77 Himself

Books[change | change source]

Awards and honors[change | change source]

Emmys[change | change source]

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Grammys[change | change source]

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Honorary degrees[change | change source]

Cosby has been awarded at least 57 honorary degrees since 1985.[14] Several of these honorary degrees have been rescinded due to allegations of sexual assault and/or immoral behavior:

References[change | change source]

  1. Smith, Emily. "Bill Cosby is 'completely blind' and homebound". Page Six. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. Dale, Maryclaire (December 30, 2015). "Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting a woman". AP. The Associated Press. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  3. The Associated Press (December 30, 2015). "The Latest: Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault". ABC News. ABC TV. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  4. Ohlheiser, Abby (30 December 2015). "Bill Cosby charged in sexual assault case". Washington Post (Online). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2015/12/30/ap-report-bill-cosby-charged-in-sexual-assault-case/. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  5. Rappleye, Connor, Hannah, Tracy (September 6, 2016). "Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Trial Set for June 5". NBC News. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bill-cosby-scandal/bill-cosby-returns-court-ahead-sex-assault-trial-n643446.
  6. TV News Desk. "Video: Bill Cosby: Far From Finished on Blu-Ray/DVD Today". Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  7. "Biography of Bill Cosby". John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2007. 
  8. Asante, Molefi Kete (2002). The 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Amherst, New York. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-57392-963-8.
  9. "The comedians' comedian". Chortle.co.uk. December 30, 2015. http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2004/12/01/26/the_comedians_comedian.
  10. "Lone Sailor Award recipients". navymemorial.org. 
  11. Mass, Chief. "MCPON Designates Bill Cosby Honorary Chief". United States Navy. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  12. "Bill Cosby's honorary chief status revoked amid controversy". Navy Times. December 4, 2014. http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2014/12/04/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-navy-chief-honor-revoked/19897577/.
  13. "Navy Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Title Amid Sex Assault Claims". NBC News. December 5, 2014. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bill-cosby-scandal/navy-revokes-bill-cosbys-honorary-title-amid-sex-assault-claims-n261691.
  14. "To Revoke or Not: Colleges That Gave Cosby Honors Face a Tough Question". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  15. "Boston University rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree". Boston Globe. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  16. "Bill Cosby is Marquette University's spring Commencement speaker". Marquette University Office of Marketing and Communication. Retrieved May 20, 2013. [dead link]
  17. "University of San Francisco Rescinds Bill Cosby Honorary Degree". NBC BAY AREA. September 30, 2015. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/University-of-San-Francisco-Rescinds-Bill-Cosby-Degree-330150561.html. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  18. "Oberlin College gives Cosbys, Stevie Wonder honorary doctorates". Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  19. "Oberlin College rescinds honorary degree awarded Bill Cosby". New York Daily News. December 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  20. "VCU 40th Anniversary Events". Virginia Commonwealth University. Archived from the original on February 25, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  21. "Commencement 2007: Celebrating Honors and Achievements". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  22. 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.
  23. "Three Score: The Berklee 60th Anniversary Concert". Berklee College of Music. January 28, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2009. [dead link]
  24. "Wilkes University rescinds Cosby’s honorary degree". CITIZENS VOICE. October 7, 2015. http://citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-university-rescinds-cosby-s-honorary-degree-1.1954504. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  25. "Bill Cosby Lifts Baylor, Waco Spirits At "Pep Rally"". Baylor University. September 5, 2003. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  26. Stottlemyre, Matthew (October 9, 2015). "Baylor rescinds honorary doctorate given to Bill Cosby in 2003". WacoTrib.com. 
  27. "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.
  28. "Georgia college considers rescinding honorary degree given to Bill Cosby; will vote next week". Star Tribune. October 17, 2015. 
  29. "Bill Cosby Commencement Speech 2002". Drew University. May 2002. Retrieved March 29, 2015. [dead link]
  30. "Honorary Degree Recipients" (PDF). Haverford College. July 7, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 8, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  31. "Cosby Urges Rensselaer Graduates: Be Honest, Be Humble". Albany, New York. May 12, 2001. http://news.rpi.edu/luwakkey/459. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  32. Laura Sanicola (September 24, 2015). "Another hit for Cosby: Fordham rescinds honorary degree". USA TODAY College. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  33. Gregorian, Dareh (September 24, 2015). "Fordham revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/fordham-revokes-bill-cosby-honorary-degree-article-1.2373423. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  34. "Baltimore's Goucher College Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree". WBOC 16. October 15, 2015. http://www.wboc.com/story/30269587/baltimores-goucher-college-revokes-bill-cosbys-honorary-degree/. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  35. "Tufts University Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree". CBS Boston. October 15, 2015. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/10/15/bill-cosby-tufts-honorary-degree/. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  36. "Bill Cosby: Commencement Speaker". Newswise. May 22, 1999. http://www.newswise.com/articles/bill-cosby-commencement-speaker1. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  37. "A Joyous Day of Academic Celebration – USC's 115th Commencement, May 8, 1998". USC News. May 8, 1998. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  38. "Commencement: Speakers". University of Connecticut. May 18, 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  39. "Commencement: Honorary Degrees". University of Connecticut. May 18, 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  40. "Past Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients". Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  41. "Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree at Cal Poly Pomona Revoked". Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  42. "Commencement: Honorary Degrees". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 19, 2009. [dead link]
  43. "Commencement: Speakers Since 1938". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 19, 2009. [dead link]
  44. "Brown revokes Bill Cosby’s honorary degree". Brown Daily Herald. September 28, 2015. http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/09/28/brown-university-revokes-bill-cosbys-honorary-degree/. Retrieved September 29, 2015.

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