Bill Cosby

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Biography

  • Birth Name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/12/1937, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; philanthropist; author
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Bill Cosby 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."
  • Bill Cosby Relationships:
  • William Cosby Sr. - Father
  • Ensa Camille Cosby - Daughter
  • Anna Pearl Cosby - Mother
  • Russell Cosby - Brother
  • Camille Olivia Cosby - Wife
  • Evin Harrah Cosby - Daughter
  • Erika Ranee Cosby - Daughter
  • Erinn Charlene Cosby - Daughter
  • James Cosby - Brother
  • Robert Cosby - Brother
  • Ennis William Cosby - Son
  • Bill Cosby Awards:
  • 1986 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1990 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1968 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1968 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - 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
  • 1985 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program - Winner
  • 1988 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1991 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer - Winner
  • 1989 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1988 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Time TV Star - Winner
  • 1989 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Around Male Star - Winner
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1967 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Winner
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer - Winner
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1987 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 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
  • 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Winner
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Winner
  • 1986 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1967 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award - Winner
  • 1965 Grammy: Best Comedy Performance - Winner
  • 1992 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male TV Performer - Winner
  • 1969 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1967 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Nominee
  • 1971 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
  • 1966 Grammy: Best Comedy Performance - Winner
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1972 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
  • 1964 Grammy: Best Comedy Performance - Winner
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding New Series - Nominee
  • 1966 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Winner
  • 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)

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