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Bill Cosby Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

William Henry Cosby, commonly known as Bill Cosby, is an American actor, comedian, author, television and film producer, musician and a voice actor. How rich is Bill Cosby? According to sources, Bill Cosby’s net worth is estimated to be $460 million. A multi-talented actor, Bill Cosby accumulated most of his net worth due to his many appearances in movies and television. Bill Cosby, who was born in 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, left school at the age of 15 in order to serve in the United States Navy, yet returned to get a degree in Education in 1970s.

Bill Cosby Net Worth $460 Million

In addition to pursuing his collegiate studies, Cosby began participating in various stand-up shows, and in 1963 received his first exposure to a wide public due to his appearance on “The Tonight Show”. Cosby’s major acting performance occurred in 1965 when he starred in a secret-agent adventure series “I Spy”, for which he won his three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor. Such successful beginnings influenced Cosby’s future ventures, as well as contributed to his net worth. At the time, Bill Cosby continued to perform at stand-up comedy events and even launched a record label called “Tetragrammaton Records” in the late 1960s. Cosby’s appearances on television resulted in the creation of “The Bill Cosby Show”, a situation comedy that ran for two seasons and had a total of 52 episodes. After the finale of “The Bill Cosby Show”, Bill Cosby launched another sitcom titled “The New Bill Cosby Show”, yet poor ratings contributed to the show’s short run. At the same time, Cosby starred in a number of comedy films, including “Uptown Saturday Night” directed by Sidney Poitier, “A Piece of the Action” with Poitier and James Earl Jones, as well as “Let’s Do It Again”.

Yet Cosby’s true acting success would come in 1984 with the creation of the famous “The Cosby Show”. A sitcom that focuses on the lives of an upper middle-class African-American family that lives in Brooklyn was considered to be the biggest hit in the 1980s. The show ran for eight seasons and aired 202 episodes. “The Cosby Show” resulted in a spin-off series titled “A Different World” and earned Cosby a number of awards, including Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. Needless to say, Bill Cosby managed to significantly increase his annual salary, and in turn, his net worth as well due to the success of “The Bill Cosby Show”. The fame of this sitcom opened a number of opportunities for Bill Cosby to star in various films. Cosby continued his acting career with such movies as “Ghost Dad”, “The Meteor Man” with Eddie Griffin, as well as Spike Lee’s documentary “4 Little Girls”. A well-known actor with an estimated net worth of $460 million, Bill Cosby is an active contributor to the causes of “The Jazz Foundation of America” and has been hosting its annual concerts titled “A Great Night in Harlem” for several years now. Bill Cosby is currently married to Camille Hanks and has five children.

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase2014TV Movie
A Very Cosby Thanksgiving2013Short
Obkb2010-2011TV Series
Sylvia's Path2002TV Movie voice
Cosby1996-2000TV SeriesHilton Lucas
Little Bill1999TV SeriesCaptain Brainstorm
Becker1999TV SeriesHilton Lucas
Touched by an Angel1997-1999TV SeriesPhil
Jack1996Lawrence Woodruff
The Cosby Mysteries1994-1995TV SeriesGuy Hanks
I Spy Returns1994TV MovieAlexander Scott
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV MovieGuy Hanks
The Meteor Man1993Marvin
The Cosby Show1984-1992TV SeriesDr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable
Ghost Dad1990Elliot Hopper
Leonard Part 61987Leonard Parker
A Different World1987TV SeriesDr. Heathcliff Huxtable
Missing Children1985Video short
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids1972-1985TV SeriesFat Albert Jackson / Host / Bill / ...
The Fat Albert Easter Special1982TV ShortFat Albert / Mudfoot (voice)
The Devil and Max Devlin1981Barney Satin
California Suite1978Dr. Willis Panama
Top Secret1978TV MovieAaron Strickland
The Fat Albert Christmas Special1977TV ShortFat Albert Mushmouth Bill ... (voice)
The Fat Albert Halloween Special1977TV ShortFat Albert Bill Mushmouth ... (voice)
A Piece of the Action1977Dave Anderson
Cos1976TV SeriesHost
Mother, Jugs & Speed1976Mother
Let's Do It Again1975Billy Foster
Uptown Saturday Night1974Wardell Franklin
The Chocolate Princess1974ShortNarrator (voice)
The Electric Company1971-1973TV SeriesHank The Milkman Ken Kane ...
Journey Back to Oz1972The Wizard of Oz (TV version)
Hickey & Boggs1972Al Hickey
The New Bill Cosby Show1972TV SeriesHost
To All My Friends on Shore1972TV MovieBlue
Aesop's Fables1971TV MovieAesop
Man and Boy1971Caleb Revers
The Bill Cosby Show1969-1971TV SeriesChet Kincaid
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert1969TV MovieBill Fat Albert Dumb Donald (voice)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice1969Nightclub Patron in Hat (uncredited)
NBC Children's Theatre1969TV SeriesNarrator
I Spy1965-1968TV SeriesAlexander Scott
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fatherhood2004-2005TV Series composer - 24 episodes
Little Bill1999-2003TV Series composer - 11 episodes
Cosby1996-2000TV Series composer - 95 episodes
A Different World1987-1993TV Series composer - 144 episodes
You Bet Your Life1992-1993TV Series composer - 3 episodes
The Cosby ShowTV Series composer - 197 episodes, 1984 - 1992 theme by - 1 episode, 1985
Pete's Place1983TV Series vocalist: opening theme song - 1983
Bill Cosby: Himself1983Documentary composer: song "It Was a Good Idea at the Time"
The Bill Cosby Show1969TV Series composer: theme "Hikky Burr"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: 772014Video
Bill Cosby: A Juggling Tribute2014Short co-writer
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentary uncredited
A Very Cosby Thanksgiving2013Short
FatherhoodTV Series based on the book by - 24 episodes, 2004 - 2005 creator - 24 episodes, 2004 - 2005
Fat Albert2004written by - as William H. Cosby Jr. Ed.D.
Little Bill1999-2003TV Series based on the book by - 11 episodes
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentary
Bill Cosby: Mr. Sapolsky, with Love1996Video as William H. Cosby
A Different World1987-1993TV Series created by - 144 episodes
The Cosby Show1984-1992TV Series created by - 197 episodes
Bill Cosby: 491987Video documentary
Leonard Part 61987story
Bill Cosby: Himself1983Documentary written by - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Cos1976TV Series 4 episodes
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids1972TV Series creator
To All My Friends on Shore1972TV Movie idea
Bill Cosby on Prejudice1971Short
The Bill Cosby ShowTV Series creator - 52 episodes, 1969 - 1971 written by - 1 episode, 1970
The Bill Cosby Special, or?1971TV Movie
The Third Bill Cosby Special1970TV Special documentary
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert1969TV Movie written by

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cosby1996-2000TV Series executive consultant - 95 episodes
American Experience1994TV Series documentary special funding - 1 episode
A Different World1987-1993TV Series executive consultant - 144 episodes
Where I Live1993TV Series consultant - season 2
You Bet Your Life1992-1993TV Series executive consultant - 3 episodes
The Cosby Show1984-1992TV Series executive consultant - 197 episodes
Grand1990TV Series executive consultant - 19 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: 772014Video executive producer
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentary executive producer
Obkb2010-2012TV Series executive producer - 38 episodes
Fatherhood2004-2005TV Series executive producer - 24 episodes
Fat Albert2004executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Little Bill1999-2003TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentary executive producer
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey2001Documentary executive producer
Men of Honor2000executive producer
Cosby1996-2000TV Series executive producer - 91 episodes
The Great Depression1998TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 1998
The Cosby Mysteries1994-1995TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
I Spy Returns1994TV Movie executive producer
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV Movie executive producer
Here and Now1992-1993TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Bill Cosby: 491987Video documentary producer
Leonard Part 61987producer
Bill Cosby: Himself1983Documentary executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Fat Albert Christmas Special1977TV Short executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Fat Albert Halloween Special1977TV Short executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids1972TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
To All My Friends on Shore1972TV Movie executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Bill Cosby on Prejudice1971Short producer
Man and Boy1971executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Bill Cosby Show1969-1971TV Series executive producer - 52 episodes
The Bill Cosby Special, or?1971TV Movie producer
The Door1968Short co-producer - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cosby1996-2000TV Series 95 episodes
The Cosby Mysteries1994-1995TV Series 18 episodes
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV Movie
To All My Friends on Shore1972TV Movie as William H. Cosby Jr.

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentary writer: "Gangbusters"
Pony.Mov2012TV Series short 1 episode
Soul Kitchen2009performer: "Hicky Burr" / writer: "Hicky Burr" - as Bill William H. Cosby Jr.
Good Hair2009Documentary writer: "Where's Eddie?" Echo Mix
Little Bill1999-2003TV Series writer - 30 episodes
The Cosby Show1986TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bill Cosby: Himself1983Documentary performer: "Just the Slew of Us" - as Himself

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: Himself1983Documentary as William H. Cosby Jr.
Bill Cosby on Prejudice1971Short
The Bill Cosby Show1970-1971TV Series 3 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Sleepwalk with Me2012the filmmakers wish to thank
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Queen Victoria's Wedding2010Short special thanks
Artists of the Roundtable2008Video documentary special thanks
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up2008TV Special documentary thanks
Cigars!: The New Rage!1996Video documentary thanks
The Unknown Marx Brothers1993TV Movie documentary special thanks
Malcolm X1992thank Allah

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coming Attractions2004TV SeriesHimself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema2004Video documentary shortHimself
Songwriters Hall of Fame2004TV MovieHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Lightning in a Bottle2004DocumentaryHimself
Sesame Street1970-2004TV SeriesHimself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Recepient: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
114th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade2003TV MovieHimself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade2003TV SpecialHimself
Comedian2002DocumentaryHimself
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #12001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Starz! 10th Anniversary2001TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2001TV SeriesHimself
Zone interdite2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story2000TV Movie documentary
Showbiz Today2000TV SeriesHimself
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1999TV SpecialHimself
1999 Essence Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Intimate Portrait1998-1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The American Red Cross Holiday Music Spectacular1999TV MovieHimself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Honoree
The American Red Cross Celebrates Real-Life Miracles1998TV MovieHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Essence Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Kids Say the Darndest Things1998TV SeriesHost
A Celebration of America's Music1998TV SpecialHost
4 Little Girls1997DocumentaryHimself - Educator
10th Anniversary Essence Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Ruby Wax Meets...1997TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite New TV Comedy Series & Winner: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series
Bill Cosby: Mr. Sapolsky, with Love1996VideoHimself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine1996TV SpecialHimself
Biography1995-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Night of About 14 CBS Stars1996TV MovieHimself
25th Anniversary Essence Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Who Makes You Laugh?1995TV SpecialHimself
The 1995 ESPY Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
In a New Light '941994TV SpecialHimself
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr1993TV SpecialHimself - Host
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
1993 Essence Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
The Big Breakfast1993TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1986-1993TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
You Bet Your Life1992TV SeriesHost
Malcolm X1992Himself - at End of Credits (uncredited)
The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show1992TV Special documentaryHimself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
Class Clowns1992TV MovieHimself
Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost!1991TV Special documentaryGod (voice)
The One, the Only... Groucho1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music1991TV Special documentaryHimself
Futures1991TV SeriesHimself
Big Break1990TV SeriesHimself
Children's Miracle Network Telethon1990TV Movie
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1990TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1990TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief IV1990TV Special documentaryHimself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialDr. Cliff Huxtable
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration1990TV SpecialHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1980-1989TV SeriesHimself
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey1989TV MovieHimself - Host
Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting1989TV SpecialHimself - Host
Bill Cosby: 491987Video documentaryHimself
Showtime at the Apollo1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHimself
Superstars and Their Moms1987TV MovieHimself
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Creole Giselle1987TV MovieHimself - Host
In Remembrance of Martin1986DocumentaryHimself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV SpecialHimself
The Patti LaBelle Show1985TV SpecialHimself
Harry Belafonte in Concert1985TV SpecialHimself
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHimself
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHimself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1985TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Elayne Boosler: Party of One1985TV MovieHimself
PicturePages1984TV SeriesHost
Johnny Carson Presents the Tonight Show Comedians1984TV MovieHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Bill Cosby: Himself1983DocumentaryHimself
Solid Gold1980-1983TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood's Private Home Movies1983TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Reading Rainbow1983TV SeriesHimself
Where Have All the Children Gone1980TV Special
A Tribute to the Jukebox Award Winners1980TV MovieHimself - Host
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1976-1980TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party1979TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1963-1978TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
All-Star Salute to Women's Sports1978TV MovieHimself
Step That Step - A Portrait of Cecil Williams1978TV Movie documentary
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV MovieHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Lola!1976TV SeriesHimself
Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special1975TV MovieHimself - Host / Comedian
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
The Rock 'n' Fun Magic Show1975TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell1975TV SeriesHimself
Highlights of Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus1975TV MovieHimself - Host
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters1974TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The Dick Cavett Show1972-1973TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Himself
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself
Dinah's Place1970-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bill Cosby on Prejudice1971ShortHimself
Goin' Back to Indiana1971TV SpecialHimself
Diana!1971TV SpecialHimself
NBC Children's Theatre1971TV SeriesHimself
Fight of the Century1971TV MovieHimself - Audience Member
The Bill Cosby Special, or?1971TV MovieHimself - Host / Performer
Flip1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
A World of Love1970TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby1970TV MovieHimself - Host
The Don Knotts Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Playboy After Dark1969-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer
The Best on Record1970TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Third Bill Cosby Special1970TV Special documentaryHimself - Host / Comedian
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Second Bill Cosby Special1969TV MovieHimself - Host / Comedian
Bill Cosby Does His Own Thing1969TV MovieHimself - Host / Comedian
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed1968TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Of Black America1968TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Bill Cosby Special1968TV SpecialHimself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Roger Miller Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1966TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics1965TV MovieHimself
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
It's What's Happening, Baby!1965TV MovieHimself
The Jack Paar Program1963-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Best on Record1965TV SpecialHimself
The Match Game1965TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Jimmy Dean Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1964TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The David Susskind Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1963-1964TV SeriesHimself
That Was the Week That Was1964TV SeriesHimself
Hootenanny1963TV SeriesHimself
Cosby: The Women Speak2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unsung Hollywood2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Bill Cosby: 772014VideoHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn2014DocumentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Alexander Scott - I Spy
American Comedy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Carson Award Winner
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pioneers of Television2011-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Keep on Keepin' On2014DocumentaryHimself
Stand Up Planet2013TV SeriesHimself
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished2013TV Special documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
TV's Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special2013TV MovieHimself
Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story2013TV MovieHimself
Today2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You2013DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Host
After Newtown: Guns in America2013DocumentaryHimself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday2013TV MovieHimself
The Doctors2012TV SeriesHimself
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America2012DocumentaryChick Webb (voice)
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
Goose2012DocumentaryHimself
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Obkb2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Annual TV Land Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ray Charles America2010DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live1990-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
The Jay Leno Show2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Cosby2009TV MovieHimself
The Cosby Show: 25th Anniversary Special2009TV Movie documentaryHimself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Unsung2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Meet the Press2009TV SeriesHimself
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHimself
Alfred Levitt: In Three Acts2008DocumentaryHimself
Flunked2008DocumentaryHimself
Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1989-2008TV SeriesHimself
Liberty, Friends, and the Pursuit of Education2008Documentary shortHimself (voice)
Good Morning America1979-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Tribute to the Teachers of America2007TV MovieHimself
Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven2007DocumentaryHimself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Call Out with Bill Cosby2006TV SeriesHimself
The Shame of a City2006DocumentaryHimself
The Pact2006DocumentaryHimself
Live from Lincoln Center2005TV SeriesHimself
ABC News Nightline2005TV SeriesHimself
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dr. Phil2005TV SeriesHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones2005TV MovieHimself
Hey Hey Hey: Behind the Scenes of 'Fat Albert'2004TV MovieHimself
Fat Albert2004Himself
Paula Zahn Now2004TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2014-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
20/202016TV Series documentaryHimself - Sexual Assault Suspect
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2016TV SeriesHimself
The Drunken Peasants2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Nostalgia Critic2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Dateline NBC2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Media Buzz2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Robot2015TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Associated Press: YouTube Channel2015TV SeriesHimself
Bill Cosby: A Voice of Reason2015DocumentaryHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
Retro Report2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Actor
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHimself
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story2010DocumentaryDr. Cliff Huxtable
Obama in NC: The Path to History2010DocumentaryHimself
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009VideoHimself
15 Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
TV's All-Time Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special2008TV SpecialHimself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews2007VideoHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesDr. Cliff Huxtable
All the Best from Denis Norden2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Was a Network Star2006TV Movie documentary
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends2006Video documentary shortHimself
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class2005Video documentaryHimself
500 Years Later2005DocumentaryHimself
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentary
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #8
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
Jack Paar: Smart Television2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ennis' Gift2000DocumentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party1999Video documentaryHimself
50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong1997DocumentaryHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentaryHimself
The Unknown Marx Brothers1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Cosby Outtakes Show1990TV MovieHimself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHimself
Muppet Babies1987TV SeriesCliff Huxtable
Jack Paar Comes Home1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Winds of Whoopie1983TV MovieHimself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
Clapper Board1981TV Series
Sesame Street1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
A Secret Agent's Dilemma, or A Clear Case of Mind Over Mata Hari1965TV MovieAlexander Scott

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAJohnny Carson Award
2011Impact AwardTV Land AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Phylicia Rashad
· Raven-Symoné
· Keshia Knight Pulliam
· Malcolm-Jamal Warner
· Geoffrey Owens
· Tempestt Bledsoe
· Sabrina Le Beauf
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Performer)
2007Hall of FameImage Awards
2004Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Animated ProgramLittle Bill (1999)· Charles Kipps (executive producer)
· David Brokaw (executive producer)
· Brown Johnson (executive producer)
· Janice Burgess (executive producer)
· Robert Scull (executive producer)
· Irene Sherman (supervising producer)
· Ollie Green (coordinating producer)
· Brian Street (coordinating producer)
· Nisma Zaman (coordinating producer)
· Jennifer Oxley (director)
· Olexa Hewryk (director)
· Mark Salisbury (director)
· Chris Nee (writer)
2003Bob Hope Humanitarian AwardPrimetime Emmy Awards
2002Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialLittle Bill (1999)
2000OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActors and Actresses
1999People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Time Television Star
1998BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsCosby (1996)· Benny Golson
1997BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsCosby (1996)· Benny Golson
1997People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Performer in a New Television SeriesTied with Michael J. Fox
1993Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1993Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV ActorThe Cosby Show (1984)
1992BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Different World (1987)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1992BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1992Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV ActorThe Cosby Show (1984)
1992People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1991BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Different World (1987)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1991BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1991People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1991People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1990TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1990BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Different World (1987)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1990BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1990People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1990People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1989TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1989BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Different World (1987)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1989BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1989People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Star
1989People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1988People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst PictureLeonard Part 6 (1987)
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorLeonard Part 6 (1987)
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayLeonard Part 6 (1987)· Jonathan Reynolds
1988BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Different World (1987)· Stu Gardner
1988BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Cosby Show (1984)· Stu Gardner
1988People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Time TV Star
1988People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1987TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1987BMI TV Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Bill Cosby Show (1969)· Stu Gardner
1987GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Those Of You With Or Without Children, You'll Understand "
1986People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1986People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1986Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Cosby Show (1984)
1986TV PrizeAftonbladet TV Prize, SwedenBest Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1985People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
1985Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Cosby Show (1984)
1985Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the YearTogether with Clint Eastwood
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - PerformersFat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972)
1977Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on November 23, 1977 at 6930 Hollywood Blvd.
1976Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureLet's Do It Again (1975)
1973GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for Children· Rita Moreno
1972GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenFor the Album "Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs "
1970GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Bill Cosby"
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety or Musical ProgramThe Bill Cosby Special (1968)· Bill Persky (producer)
· Sam Denoff (producer)
· Bill Hobin (producer)
· Roy Silver (executive producer)
1969GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "To Russell,My Brother,Whom I Slept With"
1969Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesI Spy (1965)
1968GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Revenge"
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesI Spy (1965)
1967GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceFor the Album "Wonderfulness"
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesI Spy (1965)
1966Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1966GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceFor the Album "Why Is There Air?"
1965GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceFor the Album "I Started Out as a Child"

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramLittle Bill (1999)· David Brokaw (executive producer)
· Charles Kipps (executive producer)
· Robert Scull (co-executive producer)
· Janice Burgess (co-executive producer)
· Brown Johnson (co-executive producer)
· Irene Sherman (supervising producer)
· Shawn Cuddy (supervising producer)
· Jennifer Oxley (director)
· Mark Salisbury (director)
· Olexa Hewryk (director)
· James Still (writer)
· Fracaswell Hyman (writer)
· Chris Nee (writer)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special2000 Essence Awards (2000)· Oprah Winfrey
2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actor in a ComedyCosby (1996)
1999TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actor in a ComedyCosby (1996)
1997Career Achievement AwardTelevision Critics Association Awards
1988Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV ActorThe Cosby Show (1984)
1987Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst PictureLeonard Part 6 (1987)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalThe Cosby Show (1984)
1987GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the Album "Hardheaded Boys"
1986Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Animated ProgramFat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972)· Lou Scheimer (producer)
· Marsh Lamore (director)
· Steve Gerber (supervising writer)
· Phil Harnage (writer)
1985TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ComedyThe Cosby Show (1984)
1984GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy Recordingfor the Album "Billy Cosby : Himself"
1977GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Billy Cosby is Not Himself These Days , Rat Own , Rat Own , Rat Own"
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement Children's ProgrammingHighlights of Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus (1975)
1975Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureUptown Saturday Night (1974)
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Fat Albert"
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe New Bill Cosby Show (1972)
1972GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "When I was a Kid"
1971GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the Album "Grover Henson Feels Forgotton"
1971GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Live: Madison Sqare Garden Center"
1971Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMan and Boy (1971)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesThe Bill Cosby Show (1969)· Marvin Miller (producer)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding New SeriesThe Bill Cosby Show (1969)· Marvin Miller (producer)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Bill Cosby Show (1969)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety or Musical Program - Variety and Popular MusicThe Second Bill Cosby Special (1969)· Bruce Campbell (producer)
· Roy Silver (producer/executive producer)
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - MaleI Spy (1965)
1966Gold MedalPhotoplay AwardsMost Promising New Star (Male)
1964GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy PerformanceFor the Album "Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow Right"

TitleSalary
Cosby (1996)$1,000,000 /episode (1996)

#Fact
1The district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, charged Bill Cosby with one count of aggravated indecent assault on 30th December, 2015. The criminal charge stems from an investigation into an incident of alleged sexual assault against Andrea Constand, an employee at Temple University between 2001 and 2004, that occurred at the comedian's home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, in 2004.
2Both Marquette University in Wisconsin and Fordham University in New York have both decided to pull the honorary degrees they bestowed to the comedian years ago, in wake of the sexual allegations made against Cosby.
3Admitted to giving prescription Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with during a civil lawsuit filed in 2005 by Andrea Constand - one of the dozens of women who have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault. The documents were made public in July 2015. As of 2015, more than 25 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past 40 years. The comedian has never been criminally charged and has vehemently denied wrongdoing. Among the accusers is Janice Dickinson.
4The Navy revoked Cosby's title of honorary chief petty officer, which he was presented in 2011, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy's core values. Cosby enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and served four years as a hospital corpsman before being honorably discharged in 1960 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. Furthermore, Cosby resigned from Temple University's board of trustees, a seat he had held since 1982. [December 2014]
5In July 2015, New York Magazine depicted 35 of the 46 women who had accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them on its cover. The cover story included interviews from 35 of Cosby's accusers.
6In the wake of court documents from 2005 being revealed in which Cosby admitted to drugging women to have sex with them, Walt Disney World removed a Bust of Cosby from its Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in the Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida. Furthermore, Bounce TV pulled reruns of Cosby (1996) while Centric Network no longer aired reruns of The Cosby Show (1984). [July 2015]
7Has worked with Phylicia Rashad in episodes of both series: The Cosby Show (1984) and Cosby (1996).
8Friend of: Joan Rivers, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Madeline Kahn, Robert Culp, Hugh M. Hefner, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jack Paar, Danny Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Sherman Hemsley, Johnny Carson, Mickey Rooney, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Betty White, Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier, Lou Rawls, Flip Wilson and Dinah Shore.
9Acting mentor and friends of Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe and Doug E. Doug.
10Lifelong friend of 30 years of Phylicia Rashad.
11He walked his Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad down the aisle at her wedding to Ahmad Rashad. OJ Simpson was Rashad's best man.
12Uncle of Braxton Cosby.
13Bill Cosby's television debut was on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), on August 6, 1963. Allan Sherman was the guest host and after his six-minute stand-up comedy routine ("Karate"), he was "called over" to chat.
14Bill Cosby: Far from Finished (2013) was the first of his televised concerts which was specifically produced to accommodate the inclusion of television commercials.
15Father of Ensa Cosby.
16Cousin of Del Shields.
17He was the first entertainer to win an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Spingarn Medal.
18Best known by the public for his starring role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984).
19Received the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor [October 2009].
20Played in two movies where his characters were mistook for Satan: The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) and Ghost Dad (1990).
21Played as Running Back for Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) football team during the 1962-1964 seasons.
22Holds a Doctorate in Education.
23Did not submit himself for Emmy consideration during the eight-year run of The Cosby Show (1984).
24Upon receiving his Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2003 Emmys, Cosby paid tribute to two people: children's show host Fred Rogers (who had died earlier that year) and, poignantly, his late son, Ennis.
25Won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album six years in a row, 1965 to 1970.
26When The Cosby Show (1984) was ruling the NBC line-up in the mid-'80s, he insisted that NBC purchase and use Ikegami studio cameras for the production of his show. At the time NBC was owned by RCA, whose studio cameras NBC used exclusively. But Cosby felt that Ikegami's product produced a better picture. NBC agreed and used the cameras.
27Outstanding athlete at Temple University, in football and track and field.
28All his children name's start with the letter E for excellence
29Recently became a vegetarian.
30Like Bob Newhart, has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity.
31Wife Camille O. Cosby (nee Hanks) is related to Tom Hanks, and both share lineage with Abraham Lincoln through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks.
32Dyslexia ran in the Cosby family. Bill didn't inherit it, but brother Russell Cosby did (not finding out until he was an adult). Bill's son Ennis was dyslexic, but overcame it well enough to graduate from college.
33When The Cosby Show (1984) was ruling the NBC line-up in the mid-'80s, he insisted that his newly produced show, A Different World (1987), a spin-off of "The Cosby Show", follow after his show instead of the hit Family Ties (1982). He wanted this because he felt there was a lack of shows on TV that featured African-Americans in a positive light. NBC made the move, which led to two things happening: "The Cosby Show" audience was cut by 20% and never fully recovered, and "Family Ties" struggled to get the high numbers it once received. It was canceled in 1989.
34He decided to become a stand-up comedian when he was a bartender. Many of the bar's customers would comment on how funny he was and tell him to try his act on stage for an audience. He is one of the most successful stand-up comics in history, releasing numerous hit records of his shows and still selling out venues to this date.
35When The Simpsons (1989)) started competing with The Cosby Show (1984) in 1989, the already declining audience of the show decreased even more. Because of this, both shows had a playful attitude toward each other. "The Cosby Show" made small references to the "The Simpsons", including one episode where Bill wore a Bart Simpson mask, and "The Simpsons" made small references to "The Cosby Show", including the character of Dr. Hibbert, a direct reference to Cosby.
36Within 15 seconds after watching Kenan Thompson's Fat Albert (2004) audition tape, he said to director Joel Zwick, "Hire him!"
37The character Dr. Hibbert from The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
38Has been imitated by various comedians, such as Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Dave Coulier, Eddie Griffin, Kenan Thompson and Adam Sandler.
39Was once part-owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
40Was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) for his commitment to advancing higher education and for his longtime love and promotion of jazz. [May 2004]
41Fat Albert, Old Weird Harold, and Dumb Donald were based on his series of comedy routines about his school pals, and he tested them on his most appreciative audience: his mother.
42As a child he listened to great comedians such as Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jimmy Durante and Fred Allen.
43Is a best-selling author.
44Was an Honoree at the Kennedy Center Awards, and attended the ceremony with Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.
45Broke Radio City's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. (1986)
46Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1994.
47The oldest of 4 children.
48Cliff Huxtable, Cosby's character on The Cosby Show (1984), was ranked #1 by TV Guide in its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time [20 June 2004 issue].
49Biography in "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pp. 120-122. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
50First black performer to win an Emmy, for I Spy (1965).
51Son Ennis is buried on Cosby family estate in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
52Is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
53Many elements of The Cosby Show (1984) were references to his own family. Phylicia Rashad's (Clair Huxtable's) maiden name was Hanks, like his wife Camille's maiden name. Also, like he has in real life, the Huxtables had four daughters and one son.
54Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2003]
55Insisted that The Cosby Show (1984) be filmed in New York; he disliked working in Hollywood.
56In addition to numerous best-selling comedy albums over the years, for which he won several Grammy awards, Cosby had a top-40 hit as a singer in 1969 with "Little Old Man."
57Sang on a number of albums in the 1970s.
58At one time expressed a very public interest in purchasing the National Broadcasting Company.
59His wife, Camille O. Cosby, is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother.
60In 1976, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His dissertation was titled "An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning."
61He and wife Camille O. Cosby have five children: Erika (b. 8 April 1965), Erinn (b. 23 July 1966), Ennis (15 April 1969 - 16 January 1997), Ensa (b. 8 April 1973) and Evin (b. 27 August 1976).
62Bill's son, Ennis Cosby (27), was shot dead while fixing a flat tire off the San Diego Freeway. [January 1997]
63National Enquirer offers $100,000 reward for the capture of the killer of Bill's son, Ennis. [January 1997]

#Quote
1The past is a ghost, the future is a dream, and all we ever have is now.
2Richard Pryor was unique. Many misunderstood his humor. He lit up the hallway, but they didn't understand his use of profanity. He didn't use it just to be using it; he used it in the context of his satire. For instance: In one of his routines, a man wants to be the king of his house, he gets angry and drunk through frustration and takes it out on his wife. Pryor's word choice is in the context of the story, not just to use bad language.
3My mother was an authority on pigsties. She would look at my room and say, 'This is the worst pigsty I've ever seen'.
4Some people have said our show is about a white family in blackface. What does that mean? Does it mean only white people have a lock on living together in a home where the father is a doctor and the mother is a lawyer and the children are constantly being told to study by their parents?
5I don't want sitcom jokes. I don't want jokes about behinds or breasts or pimples or characters saying, 'Oh, my God' every other line. What we want to deal with is human behavior. If we can put it on paper and have it come to life through the actors, then we can have people identifying with us.
6[on artist, Varnette Honeywood, in 1997]: You can depict segregation, starving, and homelessness, but in Varnette's work, you can see teenagers doing homework, a family cooking a meal, girls doing their hair. Certain art in our culture depicts a down feeling about African American people are treated. They are poor and needy and need help in the Rightings the wrongs. Varnette's work let us not forget the personal joys.
7Phil Woods said the following: Death is the last thing he wants to do. Don't worry about it! You don't worry about what's going to be the last thing. You know you're going to be dead. So do I. And if I go before you, am I worried? No. Jealous? Yeah.
8[on Detroit's large population of people in poverty] When I come back and come back and come back I'm making a statement that this is for real. You're about to listen, absorb and to challenge yourself to move in a positive direction. Strength, that's what we're after.
9I can tell you, from experience, that whoever said "Children and fools cannot lie" was one or the other himself. There's only one way to guarantee that your children are telling the truth: limit your questions to the names of their schools.
10If you're a parent, the five worst words you can say to your children are, "When I was your age . . . " You were NEVER their age. You were older in the womb.
11What best defines a child is the total inability to receive information from anything not plugged in.
12[commenting that many young actors don't give their parents proper credit] I'm still waiting for some actor to win, say, an Oscar . . . and deliver the following acceptance speech: "I would like to thank my parents, first of all, for letting me live."
13No parent must ever say, "Get the kids out of here, I'm trying to watch TV. The father who does start saying this is likely to see one of his children on the 6:00 news."
14[on The Cosby Show (1984)] I wanted to give the house back to the parents.
15Kids will spend $500 on sneakers but won't spend $200 on "Hooked-on-Phonics".
16[speaking in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling that eradicated segregated schooling in America] These people marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around. The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids--$500 sneakers for what? I can't even talk the way these people talk, "Why you ain't," "Where you is?" You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!
17Because of my father, I thought my name was Jesus Christ. My brother Russell thought that his name was Dammit.
18My mother and father ate oink. And they loved oink grease. Lard is what they ate. And they soaked up grease with a biscuit. And they loved butter too. And they sopped up and drank and ate grease. Sausage. Bacon. Ham. They loved it. Fatback. Salt pork. Oink. And I was born with lard all on my head, in the cracks of my arms and the back of my leg. So now my cholesterol is 741. So what? It doesn't bother me that it's 741. You eat what I eat, it's supposed to be. Every once in awhile my left arm will go numb. Okay. But if you shake it, it'll go away.
19[on the failure of his experimental educational/variety show, Cos (1976)] My first series [I Spy (1965)] ran three years, my second [The Bill Cosby Show (1969)] ran two years and my third [The New Bill Cosby Show (1972)] ran one. This show, if I'm lucky, will run the 13 weeks we contracted for.
20I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
21Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come home.
22Don't worry about senility--when it hits you, you won't know it.
23A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice.
24Gray hair is God's graffiti.
25It's the little things that count when you're a daddy. Like taking your little girl for ice cream. First, you have to teach her about the concept of gravity. I can't tell you how many ice creams I've had to pick up off the floor, rinse off and stick back on my kid's cone. Now that may sound strange, but have you bought ice cream lately? Good gosh, it's up to 75 cents a scoop. A scoop! What's in it, gold?
26The problem is that your daughter has given her heart to a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy does not yet qualify as a human being.
27[on his murdered son, Ennis] He was my hero.

#Trademark
1Periodically wears Temple University shirts on camera
2His loud, gregarious voice.
3His only prop onstage is a chair
4Stories of his childhood and fatherhood

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