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Bill Cosby Biography

Birth Name:
William Henry Cosby Jr.
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession
Actor, comedian, philanthropist, author

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

  • 1997People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: winner
  • 1992People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1991People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1990People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1989People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1988People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1987People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1986People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male TV Performer: winner
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1985People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: winner
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: nominated
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding New Series: nominated
  • 1970Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: winner
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Musical Program: winner
  • 1967Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: nominated
  • 1966Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: winner

Relationships

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