Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.
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Here are 10 things we learned from the book:
Robert Culp, best known for his role in the pioneering TV series I Spy opposite Bill Cosby, has died. He was 79.
Culp died Wednesday after collapsing, or possibly tripping, on a sidewalk outside of his Hollywood home, his agent, Hillard Elkins, told TVGuide.com. He additionally...
Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning visits Late Show with David Letterman on Feb. 13.... The first season of One Day at a Time not starring Jack Bauer, but Bonnie Franklin arrives on DVD Apr. 24, as does the complete 13-episode run of NBC's Kidnapped.... YouTube has inked a deal with Digital Music group to post more than 4,000 hours of content, including such classic TV shows as I Spy and Gumby (damn it), in the coming weeks, says the Wall Street Journal.
Classic television series including My Favorite Martian, I Spy, Daniel Boone and The Invisible Man, as well as kid-skewed fare such as The Gumby Show, are heading for digital distribution hubs such as Google Video and iTunes. I don't know, watching a black-and-white Ray Walston on the Internet just seems so... wrong.