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      Bill Cosby

      Bill Cosby

      Highest Rated: 86% BB King: The Life of Riley (2012)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)

      Birthday: Jul 12, 1937

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      One of America's most well-loved entertainers for a half-century, comedian, actor and producer Bill Cosby enjoyed considerable success as a recording artist and television star in such series as "I Spy" (NBC, 1965-68) and "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) before his career and reputation were demolished by numerous accusations of sexual assault, which resulted in his imprisonment in 2018. Born William Henry Cosby, Jr., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1937, he was one of four sons born to Navy man William Henry Cosby, Sr., and his wife, Anna Pearl. Cosby, Jr. was a natural athlete and performer at various schools in the Philadelphia area, but a less than stellar student, and he dropped out in the tenth grade to join the Navy. After completing his service and earning his high school equivalency diploma, he earned a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961. There, he studied physical education while working nights as a bartender, and it was in the latter capacity that Cosby discovered that he had a talent for making people laugh. He soon took his act to comedy clubs across the country, including the hungry i in San Francisco; there, he developed a devoted following with his material, which hinged on humorous and fanciful stories based on his childhood experiences. The club dates led to appearances on variety and talk series like "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1963-1992) and "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS, 1948-1971) and in 1964, his first comedy album, Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow Right! for Warner Bros. in 1963, Two years later, Cosby made his television acting debut on "I Spy." The series, with Cosby and Robert Culp as intelligence agents, was the first network series to feature an African-American actor as a series lead, and defied NBC's fears that it would lose affiliates in certain regions of the United States by becoming not only one of the most popular series during its network run, but also earning Cosby three consecutive Emmy Awards. His next two forays into television-the sitcom "The Bill Cosby Show" (NBC, 1969-1971) and a variety series, "The New Bill Cosby Show" (CBS, 1972-73)-proved less successful, but after completing his master's degree (and later, a doctorate) in education, Cosby found his footing with educational programming. He was a key figure in the early years of the PBS developmental series "The Electric Company" (PBS, 1971-77), and a cartoon based on his childhood experiences and comedy routines called "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" drew an Emmy nomination and praise from parents and educators for its moral-driven plotlines. Cosby also found success in features during this period, most notably the Neil Simon portmanteau film "California Suite" (1976) and the urban comedy "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), but television continued to remain his best showcase. He scored the biggest small screen hit of his career in 1984 with "The Cosby Show," a warm-hearted and progressive sitcom centered an obstetrician (played by Cosby) and his large family, which included Phylicia Rashad as his on-screen wife and Lisa Bonet and Malcolm Jamal-Warner among his television brood. Cosby took a direct, hands-on approach to the series, providing creative control as its co-producer and overseeing the direction and tone of the stories, which addressed African-American social and cultural issues. The result was a rating hit for the majority of its eight-season run, and influenced both NBC and other networks to produce more series with African-American stars, including the "Cosby" spin-off "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). But Cosby was unable to reproduce its success with subsequent projects: the features "Leonard Part 6" (1987) and "Ghost Dad" (1990) were flops, and "The Cosby Mysteries" (NBC, 1994-95) and "Cosby" (CBS, 1996-2000) paled in comparison to the "Cosby Show" juggernaut. In 2014, Cosby recorded a comedy special for Netflix, and prepared to star in a new NBC series produced by "Cosby Show" producer Tom Werner. But a clip of comedian Hannibal Buress, which alleged that Cosby had committed sexual assaults, raised the specter of long-standing allegations against the comedian, some of which reached back to the mid-1960s. Cosby had been able to fend off the accusations via legal means for decades, but the viral popularity of the clip not only revived the claims, but also added new accusations. By 2015, some 60 women, including several Playboy playmates, supermodel Janice Dickinson and actress Louisa Moritz, had publicly stated that Cosby had forcibly assaulted or raped them, often with the help of pills that caused them to black out; three felony charges, including one filed by former college basketball star Andrea Constand, went to trial in 2015, but resulted in a mistrial in 2017. But a retrial in 2018 resulted in guilty verdicts for all three counts, resulting in a sentence of three to ten years in state prison. Though Cosby filed an appeal in 2019, the damage to his career was irreversible: colleges and charities rescinded degrees and severed ties with the entertainer, while business entities that had featured Cosby in their advertising withdrew support. Cosby's television series were pulled from syndication, and several states revised their sexual assault legislation, citing the statute of limitations that prevented many of Cosby's accusers from bringing him to trial. Perhaps the most damaging fallout from Cosby's alleged crimes was the erosion of public trust: having spent decades as a beloved performer and the epitome of the kind, understanding father, Cosby had become a pariah.

      Highest rated movies

      Bill Cosby: Himself
      Uptown Saturday Night
      Hickey & Boggs
      Let's Do It Again
      Mother, Jugs & Speed
      California Suite
      The Meteor Man
      Jack

      Photos

      Bill Cosby BILL COSBY, HIMSELF, 1983 concert film. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Little Bill, from left: Tyler James Williams, Zachary Tyler, Xavier Pritchett, Bill Cosby, 11/07/1999, ©NICKJR LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Bill Cosby, 1975 A PIECE OF THE ACTION, Bill Cosby, 1977 MAN AND BOY, Bill Cosby, 1972 HICKEY AND BOGGS, Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, 1972 HICKEY AND BOGGS, Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, 1972 HICKEY AND BOGGS, (aka HICKEY & BOGGS), from left: Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, 1972 BILL COSBY, HIMSELF, 1983 concert film. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. GHOST DAD, Bill Cosby, with director, Sidney Poitier, 1990. (c)Universal. UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, lobby card poster art, 1974. CALIFORNIA SUITE, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, 1978, (c) Columbia Pictures UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT, Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, 1974 CALIFORNIA SUITE, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, 1978, (c) Columbia HICKEY AND BOGGS, Bill Cosby, 1972 MOTHER, JUGS AND SPEED, L.Q. Jones, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Bill Cosby, 1976, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, 1975. BILL COSBY, HIMSELF, 1983 concert film. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, 1975.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bill Cosby: Walking Free Self - 2022
      86% 86% BB King: The Life of Riley Self - 2012
      23% 44% Fat Albert Self,
      Writer
      $48.1M 2004
      77% 69% Comedian Self $2.7M 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey Executive Producer - 2001
      42% 81% Men of Honor Executive Producer $48.8M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
      17% 49% Jack Lawrence Woodruff (Character) $58.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Returns Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Guy Hanks (Character) - 1994
      25% 36% The Meteor Man Marvin (Character) $8.0M 1993
      6% 32% Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper (Character) $20.9M 1990
      7% 20% Leonard Part 6 Leonard Parker (Character),
      Producer
      $4.2M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Remembrance of Martin Unknown (Character) - 1986
      67% 93% Bill Cosby: Himself Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hungry I Reunion Unknown (Character) - 1981
      17% 25% The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin (Character) - 1981
      50% 46% California Suite Dr. Willis Panama. (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Secret Aaron Strickland (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 80% A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 67% Fat Albert Halloween Special Unknown (Character) - 1977
      53% 53% Mother, Jugs & Speed Mother (Character) - 1976
      60% 86% Let's Do It Again Billy Foster (Character) - 1975
      67% 80% Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 53% Journey Back to Oz The Wizard of Oz (Voice) - 1974
      No Score Yet 71% Man and Boy Caleb Revers (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1972
      67% 57% Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 70% To All My Friends on Shore Blue (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Guest 2009-2010
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      1970-1971 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kids Say the Darndest Things Host 1997-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Hilton Lucas (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1996-2000
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1995
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable (Character) 1984-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      1972-1973 1975-1976 1979-1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Cosby Show Unknown (Character) 1969-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Alexander Scott (Character) 1965-1968