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Fast Facts

  • Served as a Navy medical corpsman and helped with the physical rehabilitation of Korean War veterans.
  • Received a track scholarship to Temple University.
  • Won six consecutive Grammy Awards for his comedy albums, beginning with I Started Out as a Child in 1964.
  • Was the first African American to costar in a TV dramatic series (I Spy) and won three consecutive Emmys for his leading role.
  • The Cosby Show was TV's biggest hit in the '80s (it was No. 1 from 1985 to '89) and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre.
  • Is the author of several bestselling books, including Fatherhood (1986) and Time Flies (1988). 
  • Was inducted into the Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1992; received the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998; received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002; received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.
  • A passionate believer in higher education, he gave each of his children names that began with the letter "E," standing for "excellence."

Awards

  • 1966, Grammy — Best Comedy Performance: Winner
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Star: Winner
  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer: Winner
  • 1986, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer: Winner
  • 1997, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: Winner
  • 1965, Grammy — Best Comedy Performance: Winner
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
  • 1991, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1990, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer: Winner
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer: Winner
  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1999, People's Choice Awards — All Time Favorite TV Star: Winner
  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1991, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer: Winner
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding New Series: Nominee
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1989, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Time TV Star: Winner
  • 1986, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1990, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Performer: Winner
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Bob Hope Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: Winner
  • 1986, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Winner
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: Nominee
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner
  • 1968, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner
  • 1967, Grammy — Best Comedy Recording: Winner
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1972, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Comedy Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Russell Cosby — Brother
  • Ensa Camille Cosby — Daughter
  • Anna Pearl Cosby — Mother
  • Erika Ranee Cosby — Daughter
  • Erinn Charlene Cosby — Daughter
  • James Cosby — Brother
  • Robert Cosby — Brother
  • William Cosby Sr. — Father
  • Camille Olivia Cosby — Wife
  • Evin Harrah Cosby — Daughter
  • Ennis William Cosby — Son

College

  • Attended Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (M.Ed. in Education, 1972); University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (Ed.D. in Education, 1976)

Details

  • Birth Name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Birthday: July 12, 1937, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Philanthropist, Author
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