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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 Showcase 2014 TV Movie
A Very Cosby Thanksgiving 2013 Short
Obkb 2010-2011 TV Series
Sylvia's Path 2002 TV Movie voice
Cosby 1996-2000 TV Series Hilton Lucas
Little Bill 1999 TV Series Captain Brainstorm
Becker 1999 TV Series Hilton Lucas
Touched by an Angel 1997-1999 TV Series Phil
Jack 1996 Lawrence Woodruff
The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995 TV Series Guy Hanks
I Spy Returns 1994 TV Movie Alexander Scott
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Movie Guy Hanks
The Meteor Man 1993 Marvin
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 TV Series Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable
Ghost Dad 1990 Elliot Hopper
Leonard Part 6 1987 Leonard Parker
A Different World 1987 TV Series Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
Missing Children 1985 Video short
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1972-1985 TV Series Fat Albert Jackson / Host / Bill / ...
The Fat Albert Easter Special 1982 TV Short Fat Albert / Mudfoot (voice)
The Devil and Max Devlin 1981 Barney Satin
California Suite 1978 Dr. Willis Panama
Top Secret 1978 TV Movie Aaron Strickland
The Fat Albert Christmas Special 1977 TV Short Fat Albert Mushmouth Bill ... (voice)
The Fat Albert Halloween Special 1977 TV Short Fat Albert Bill Mushmouth ... (voice)
A Piece of the Action 1977 Dave Anderson
Cos 1976 TV Series Host
Mother, Jugs & Speed 1976 Mother
Let's Do It Again 1975 Billy Foster
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 Wardell Franklin
The Chocolate Princess 1974 Short Narrator (voice)
The Electric Company 1971-1973 TV Series Hank The Milkman Ken Kane ...
Journey Back to Oz 1972 The Wizard of Oz (TV version)
Hickey & Boggs 1972 Al Hickey
The New Bill Cosby Show 1972 TV Series Host
To All My Friends on Shore 1972 TV Movie Blue
Aesop's Fables 1971 TV Movie Aesop
Man and Boy 1971 Caleb Revers
The Bill Cosby Show 1969-1971 TV Series Chet Kincaid
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert 1969 TV Movie Bill Fat Albert Dumb Donald (voice)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 Nightclub Patron in Hat (uncredited)
NBC Children's Theatre 1969 TV Series Narrator
I Spy 1965-1968 TV Series Alexander Scott
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fatherhood 2004-2005 TV Series composer - 24 episodes
Little Bill 1999-2003 TV Series composer - 11 episodes
Cosby 1996-2000 TV Series composer - 95 episodes
A Different World 1987-1993 TV Series composer - 144 episodes
You Bet Your Life 1992-1993 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
The Cosby Show TV Series composer - 197 episodes, 1984 - 1992 theme by - 1 episode, 1985
Pete's Place 1983 TV Series vocalist: opening theme song - 1983
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary composer: song "It Was a Good Idea at the Time"
The Bill Cosby Show 1969 TV Series composer: theme "Hikky Burr"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: 77 2014 Video
Bill Cosby: A Juggling Tribute 2014 Short co-writer
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished 2013 TV Special documentary uncredited
A Very Cosby Thanksgiving 2013 Short
Fatherhood TV Series based on the book by - 24 episodes, 2004 - 2005 creator - 24 episodes, 2004 - 2005
Fat Albert 2004 written by - as William H. Cosby Jr. Ed.D.
Little Bill 1999-2003 TV Series based on the book by - 11 episodes
The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2002 TV Movie documentary
Bill Cosby: Mr. Sapolsky, with Love 1996 Video as William H. Cosby
A Different World 1987-1993 TV Series created by - 144 episodes
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 TV Series created by - 197 episodes
Bill Cosby: 49 1987 Video documentary
Leonard Part 6 1987 story
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary written by - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Cos 1976 TV Series 4 episodes
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1972 TV Series creator
To All My Friends on Shore 1972 TV Movie idea
Bill Cosby on Prejudice 1971 Short
The Bill Cosby Show TV Series creator - 52 episodes, 1969 - 1971 written by - 1 episode, 1970
The Bill Cosby Special, or? 1971 TV Movie
The Third Bill Cosby Special 1970 TV Special documentary
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert 1969 TV Movie written by

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cosby 1996-2000 TV Series executive consultant - 95 episodes
American Experience 1994 TV Series documentary special funding - 1 episode
A Different World 1987-1993 TV Series executive consultant - 144 episodes
Where I Live 1993 TV Series consultant - season 2
You Bet Your Life 1992-1993 TV Series executive consultant - 3 episodes
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 TV Series executive consultant - 197 episodes
Grand 1990 TV Series executive consultant - 19 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: 77 2014 Video executive producer
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished 2013 TV Special documentary executive producer
Obkb 2010-2012 TV Series executive producer - 38 episodes
Fatherhood 2004-2005 TV Series executive producer - 24 episodes
Fat Albert 2004 executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Little Bill 1999-2003 TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2002 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey 2001 Documentary executive producer
Men of Honor 2000 executive producer
Cosby 1996-2000 TV Series executive producer - 91 episodes
The Great Depression 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - 1998
The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995 TV Series executive producer - 18 episodes
I Spy Returns 1994 TV Movie executive producer
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Movie executive producer
Here and Now 1992-1993 TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Bill Cosby: 49 1987 Video documentary producer
Leonard Part 6 1987 producer
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Fat Albert Christmas Special 1977 TV Short executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Fat Albert Halloween Special 1977 TV Short executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1972 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
To All My Friends on Shore 1972 TV Movie executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
Bill Cosby on Prejudice 1971 Short producer
Man and Boy 1971 executive producer - as William H. Cosby Jr.
The Bill Cosby Show 1969-1971 TV Series executive producer - 52 episodes
The Bill Cosby Special, or? 1971 TV Movie producer
The Door 1968 Short co-producer - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cosby 1996-2000 TV Series 95 episodes
The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995 TV Series 18 episodes
The Cosby Mysteries 1994 TV Movie
To All My Friends on Shore 1972 TV Movie as William H. Cosby Jr.

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished 2013 TV Special documentary writer: "Gangbusters"
Pony.Mov 2012 TV Series short 1 episode
Soul Kitchen 2009 performer: "Hicky Burr" / writer: "Hicky Burr" - as Bill William H. Cosby Jr.
Good Hair 2009 Documentary writer: "Where's Eddie?" Echo Mix
Little Bill 1999-2003 TV Series writer - 30 episodes
The Cosby Show 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary performer: "Just the Slew of Us" - as Himself

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary as William H. Cosby Jr.
Bill Cosby on Prejudice 1971 Short
The Bill Cosby Show 1970-1971 TV Series 3 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Sleepwalk with Me 2012 the filmmakers wish to thank
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
Queen Victoria's Wedding 2010 Short special thanks
Artists of the Roundtable 2008 Video documentary special thanks
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up 2008 TV Special documentary thanks
Cigars!: The New Rage! 1996 Video documentary thanks
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Malcolm X 1992 thank Allah

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coming Attractions 2004 TV Series Himself
The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2004 TV Movie Himself
Tavis Smiley 2004 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Lightning in a Bottle 2004 Documentary Himself
Sesame Street 1970-2004 TV Series Himself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Recepient: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
114th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade 2003 TV Movie Himself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 2003 TV Special Himself
Comedian 2002 Documentary Himself
The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Starz! 10th Anniversary 2001 TV Special Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2001 TV Series Himself
Zone interdite 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story 2000 TV Movie documentary
Showbiz Today 2000 TV Series Himself
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1999 TV Special Himself
1999 Essence Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Intimate Portrait 1998-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The American Red Cross Holiday Music Spectacular 1999 TV Movie Himself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Honoree
The American Red Cross Celebrates Real-Life Miracles 1998 TV Movie Himself
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Essence Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Kids Say the Darndest Things 1998 TV Series Host
A Celebration of America's Music 1998 TV Special Host
4 Little Girls 1997 Documentary Himself - Educator
10th Anniversary Essence Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Honoree
American Masters 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Ruby Wax Meets... 1997 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favorite New TV Comedy Series & Winner: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series
Bill Cosby: Mr. Sapolsky, with Love 1996 Video Himself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine 1996 TV Special Himself
Biography 1995-1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 TV Movie Himself
25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Who Makes You Laugh? 1995 TV Special Himself
The 1995 ESPY Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
In a New Light '94 1994 TV Special Himself
The Essence Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr 1993 TV Special Himself - Host
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
1993 Essence Awards 1993 TV Special Himself
The Big Breakfast 1993 TV Series Himself
Great Performances 1986-1993 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 1992 TV Special Himself
You Bet Your Life 1992 TV Series Host
Malcolm X 1992 Himself - at End of Credits (uncredited)
The Last Laugh: Memories of the Cosby Show 1992 TV Special documentary Himself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1992 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1992 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
Class Clowns 1992 TV Movie Himself
Sinbad and Friends: All the Way Live... Almost! 1991 TV Special documentary God (voice)
The One, the Only... Groucho 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
Futures 1991 TV Series Himself
Big Break 1990 TV Series Himself
Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 TV Movie
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1990 TV Special Himself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983-1990 TV Series Himself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1990 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief IV 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration 1990 TV Special Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1980-1989 TV Series Himself
Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey 1989 TV Movie Himself - Host
Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting 1989 TV Special Himself - Host
Bill Cosby: 49 1987 Video documentary Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hour Magazine 1987 TV Series Himself
Superstars and Their Moms 1987 TV Movie Himself
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Creole Giselle 1987 TV Movie Himself - Host
In Remembrance of Martin 1986 Documentary Himself
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special Himself
The Patti LaBelle Show 1985 TV Special Himself
Harry Belafonte in Concert 1985 TV Special Himself
The NBC All Star Hour 1985 TV Movie Himself
Motown Returns to the Apollo 1985 TV Special Himself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman 1983-1985 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Elayne Boosler: Party of One 1985 TV Movie Himself
PicturePages 1984 TV Series Host
Johnny Carson Presents the Tonight Show Comedians 1984 TV Movie Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Bill Cosby: Himself 1983 Documentary Himself
Solid Gold 1980-1983 TV Series Himself
Hollywood's Private Home Movies 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Reading Rainbow 1983 TV Series Himself
Where Have All the Children Gone 1980 TV Special
A Tribute to the Jukebox Award Winners 1980 TV Movie Himself - Host
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1976-1980 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Host
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1963-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
All-Star Salute to Women's Sports 1978 TV Movie Himself
Step That Step - A Portrait of Cecil Williams 1978 TV Movie documentary
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 TV Movie Himself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rich Little Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Lola! 1976 TV Series Himself
Cos: The Bill Cosby Comedy Special 1975 TV Movie Himself - Host / Comedian
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
The Rock 'n' Fun Magic Show 1975 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell 1975 TV Series Himself
Highlights of Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus 1975 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters 1974 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972-1973 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself
Half the George Kirby Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself
Dinah's Place 1970-1972 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bill Cosby on Prejudice 1971 Short Himself
Goin' Back to Indiana 1971 TV Special Himself
Diana! 1971 TV Special Himself
NBC Children's Theatre 1971 TV Series Himself
Fight of the Century 1971 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member
The Bill Cosby Special, or? 1971 TV Movie Himself - Host / Performer
Flip 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
A World of Love 1970 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby 1970 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Don Knotts Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Playboy After Dark 1969-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer
The Best on Record 1970 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Third Bill Cosby Special 1970 TV Special documentary Himself - Host / Comedian
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 Documentary Himself
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Host
The Second Bill Cosby Special 1969 TV Movie Himself - Host / Comedian
Bill Cosby Does His Own Thing 1969 TV Movie Himself - Host / Comedian
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed 1968 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Of Black America 1968 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
The Bill Cosby Special 1968 TV Special Himself
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Roger Miller Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1966 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Celebrity Game 1965 TV Series Himself - Panelist
It's What's Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Movie Himself
The Jack Paar Program 1963-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Best on Record 1965 TV Special Himself
The Match Game 1965 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
The Jimmy Dean Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
The David Susskind Show 1964 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1963-1964 TV Series Himself
That Was the Week That Was 1964 TV Series Himself
Hootenanny 1963 TV Series Himself
Cosby: The Women Speak 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Unsung Hollywood 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Bill Cosby: 77 2014 Video Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn 2014 Documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Alexander Scott - I Spy
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Carson Award Winner
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Pioneers of Television 2011-2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Keep on Keepin' On 2014 Documentary Himself
Stand Up Planet 2013 TV Series Himself
Bill Cosby: Far from Finished 2013 TV Special documentary Himself
The Daily Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
TV's Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special 2013 TV Movie Himself
Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story 2013 TV Movie Himself
Today 2009-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You 2013 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Host
After Newtown: Guns in America 2013 Documentary Himself
Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday 2013 TV Movie Himself
The Doctors 2012 TV Series Himself
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America 2012 Documentary Chick Webb (voice)
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary Himself
Goose 2012 Documentary Himself
How Playboy Changed the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Obkb 2010-2012 TV Series Himself
The 9th Annual TV Land Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lopez Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ray Charles America 2010 Documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 1990-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
The Jay Leno Show 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Cosby 2009 TV Movie Himself
The Cosby Show: 25th Anniversary Special 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself / Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Meet the Press 2009 TV Series Himself
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy 2009 Documentary Himself
Alfred Levitt: In Three Acts 2008 Documentary Himself
Flunked 2008 Documentary Himself
Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1989-2008 TV Series Himself
Liberty, Friends, and the Pursuit of Education 2008 Documentary short Himself (voice)
Good Morning America 1979-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
A Tribute to the Teachers of America 2007 TV Movie Himself
Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven 2007 Documentary Himself
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Call Out with Bill Cosby 2006 TV Series Himself
The Shame of a City 2006 Documentary Himself
The Pact 2006 Documentary Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 2005 TV Series Himself
ABC News Nightline 2005 TV Series Himself
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dr. Phil 2005 TV Series Himself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones 2005 TV Movie Himself
Hey Hey Hey: Behind the Scenes of 'Fat Albert' 2004 TV Movie Himself
Fat Albert 2004 Himself
Paula Zahn Now 2004 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2014-2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2016 TV Series Himself
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Sexual Assault Suspect
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2016 TV Series Himself
The Drunken Peasants 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Nostalgia Critic 2015 TV Series Himself
Extra 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Dateline NBC 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Media Buzz 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Mr. Robot 2015 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Associated Press: YouTube Channel 2015 TV Series Himself
Bill Cosby: A Voice of Reason 2015 Documentary Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
Retro Report 2013 TV Mini-Series Himself - Actor
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
America's Book of Secrets 2012 TV Series Himself
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story 2010 Documentary Dr. Cliff Huxtable
Obama in NC: The Path to History 2010 Documentary Himself
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series 2009 Video Himself
15 Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 1995-2009 TV Series documentary Himself
TV's All-Time Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special 2008 TV Special Himself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews 2007 Video Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Dr. Cliff Huxtable
All the Best from Denis Norden 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Was a Network Star 2006 TV Movie documentary
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class 2005 Video documentary Himself
500 Years Later 2005 Documentary Himself
The Comedians' Comedian 2005 TV Movie documentary
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #8
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
Century of Black Cinema 2003 Video documentary Himself
Jack Paar: Smart Television 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ennis' Gift 2000 Documentary Himself
Playboy: The Party Continues 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party 1999 Video documentary Himself
50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong 1997 Documentary Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Unknown Marx Brothers 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Cosby Outtakes Show 1990 TV Movie Himself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues 1988 Video documentary Himself
Muppet Babies 1987 TV Series Cliff Huxtable
Jack Paar Comes Home 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Great Standups 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Winds of Whoopie 1983 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
Clapper Board 1981 TV Series
Sesame Street 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
A Secret Agent's Dilemma, or A Clear Case of Mind Over Mata Hari 1965 TV Movie Alexander Scott

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Johnny Carson Award
2011 Impact Award TV Land Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Phylicia Rashad
· Raven-Symoné
· Keshia Knight Pulliam
· Malcolm-Jamal Warner
· Geoffrey Owens
· Tempestt Bledsoe
· Sabrina Le Beauf
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Life Achievement (Performer)
2007 Hall of Fame Image Awards
2004 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Animated Program Little 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)
2003 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award Primetime Emmy Awards
2002 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special Little Bill (1999)
2000 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
1999 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Time Television Star
1998 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Cosby (1996) · Benny Golson
1997 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Cosby (1996) · Benny Golson
1997 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series Tied with Michael J. Fox
1993 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series The Cosby Show (1984)
1993 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Actor The Cosby Show (1984)
1992 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards A Different World (1987) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1992 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1992 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Actor The Cosby Show (1984)
1992 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1991 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards A Different World (1987) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1991 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1991 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1991 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1990 TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Best Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1990 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards A Different World (1987) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
· Dawnn Lewis
1990 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1990 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1990 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1989 TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Best Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1989 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards A Different World (1987) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1989 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Stu Gardner
· Arthur Lisi
1989 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Star
1989 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1988 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Picture Leonard Part 6 (1987)
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Leonard Part 6 (1987)
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Leonard Part 6 (1987) · Jonathan Reynolds
1988 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards A Different World (1987) · Stu Gardner
1988 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Cosby Show (1984) · Stu Gardner
1988 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Time TV Star
1988 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1987 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1987 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1987 TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Best Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1987 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards The Bill Cosby Show (1969) · Stu Gardner
1987 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Those Of You With Or Without Children, You'll Understand "
1986 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1986 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male TV Performer
1986 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series The Cosby Show (1984)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Cosby Show (1984)
1986 TV Prize Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden Best Foreign TV Personality - Male (Bästa utländska man)
1985 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program
1985 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series The Cosby Show (1984)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Cosby Show (1984)
1985 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Star of the Year Together with Clint Eastwood
1981 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - Performers Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972)
1977 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded on November 23, 1977 at 6930 Hollywood Blvd.
1976 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Let's Do It Again (1975)
1973 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children · Rita Moreno
1972 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children For the Album "Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs "
1970 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Bill Cosby"
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Program The Bill Cosby Special (1968) · Bill Persky (producer)
· Sam Denoff (producer)
· Bill Hobin (producer)
· Roy Silver (executive producer)
1969 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "To Russell,My Brother,Whom I Slept With"
1969 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)
1968 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Revenge"
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)
1967 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Performance For the Album "Wonderfulness"
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series I Spy (1965)
1966 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actor
1966 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Performance For the Album "Why Is There Air?"
1965 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Performance For the Album "I Started Out as a Child"

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Little 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)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special 2000 Essence Awards (2000) · Oprah Winfrey
2000 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor in a Comedy Cosby (1996)
1999 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor in a Comedy Cosby (1996)
1997 Career Achievement Award Television Critics Association Awards
1988 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Actor The Cosby Show (1984)
1987 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture Leonard Part 6 (1987)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Cosby Show (1984)
1987 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the Album "Hardheaded Boys"
1986 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) · Lou Scheimer (producer)
· Marsh Lamore (director)
· Steve Gerber (supervising writer)
· Phil Harnage (writer)
1985 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy The Cosby Show (1984)
1984 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording for the Album "Billy Cosby : Himself"
1977 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Billy Cosby is Not Himself These Days , Rat Own , Rat Own , Rat Own"
1975 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement Children's Programming Highlights of Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus (1975)
1975 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
1974 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Fat Albert"
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical The New Bill Cosby Show (1972)
1972 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "When I was a Kid"
1971 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the Album "Grover Henson Feels Forgotton"
1971 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Live: Madison Sqare Garden Center"
1971 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Man and Boy (1971)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series The Bill Cosby Show (1969) · Marvin Miller (producer)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding New Series The Bill Cosby Show (1969) · Marvin Miller (producer)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Bill Cosby Show (1969)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Variety and Popular Music The Second Bill Cosby Special (1969) · Bruce Campbell (producer)
· Roy Silver (producer/executive producer)
1967 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Male I Spy (1965)
1966 Gold Medal Photoplay Awards Most Promising New Star (Male)
1964 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Performance For the Album "Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow Right"

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

#Fact
1 The 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.
2 Both 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.
3 Admitted 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.
4 The 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]
5 In 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.
6 In 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]
7 Has worked with Phylicia Rashad in episodes of both series: The Cosby Show (1984) and Cosby (1996).
8 Friend 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.
9 Acting mentor and friends of Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe and Doug E. Doug.
10 Lifelong friend of 30 years of Phylicia Rashad.
11 He walked his Cosby Show co-star Phylicia Rashad down the aisle at her wedding to Ahmad Rashad. OJ Simpson was Rashad's best man.
12 Uncle of Braxton Cosby.
13 Bill 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.
14 Bill Cosby: Far from Finished (2013) was the first of his televised concerts which was specifically produced to accommodate the inclusion of television commercials.
15 Father of Ensa Cosby.
16 Cousin of Del Shields.
17 He was the first entertainer to win an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Spingarn Medal.
18 Best known by the public for his starring role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984).
19 Received the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor [October 2009].
20 Played in two movies where his characters were mistook for Satan: The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) and Ghost Dad (1990).
21 Played as Running Back for Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) football team during the 1962-1964 seasons.
22 Holds a Doctorate in Education.
23 Did not submit himself for Emmy consideration during the eight-year run of The Cosby Show (1984).
24 Upon 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.
25 Won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album six years in a row, 1965 to 1970.
26 When 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.
27 Outstanding athlete at Temple University, in football and track and field.
28 All his children name's start with the letter E for excellence
29 Recently became a vegetarian.
30 Like Bob Newhart, has the ability to be funny without resorting to profanity.
31 Wife Camille O. Cosby (nee Hanks) is related to Tom Hanks, and both share lineage with Abraham Lincoln through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks.
32 Dyslexia 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.
33 When 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.
34 He 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.
35 When 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.
36 Within 15 seconds after watching Kenan Thompson's Fat Albert (2004) audition tape, he said to director Joel Zwick, "Hire him!"
37 The character Dr. Hibbert from The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
38 Has been imitated by various comedians, such as Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Dave Coulier, Eddie Griffin, Kenan Thompson and Adam Sandler.
39 Was once part-owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
40 Was 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]
41 Fat 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.
42 As a child he listened to great comedians such as Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jimmy Durante and Fred Allen.
43 Is a best-selling author.
44 Was an Honoree at the Kennedy Center Awards, and attended the ceremony with Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.
45 Broke Radio City's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. (1986)
46 Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1994.
47 The oldest of 4 children.
48 Cliff 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].
49 Biography in "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pp. 120-122. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
50 First black performer to win an Emmy, for I Spy (1965).
51 Son Ennis is buried on Cosby family estate in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
52 Is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
53 Many 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.
54 Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2003]
55 Insisted that The Cosby Show (1984) be filmed in New York; he disliked working in Hollywood.
56 In 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."
57 Sang on a number of albums in the 1970s.
58 At one time expressed a very public interest in purchasing the National Broadcasting Company.
59 His wife, Camille O. Cosby, is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother.
60 In 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."
61 He 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).
62 Bill's son, Ennis Cosby (27), was shot dead while fixing a flat tire off the San Diego Freeway. [January 1997]
63 National Enquirer offers $100,000 reward for the capture of the killer of Bill's son, Ennis. [January 1997]

#Quote
1 The past is a ghost, the future is a dream, and all we ever have is now.
2 Richard 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.
3 My mother was an authority on pigsties. She would look at my room and say, 'This is the worst pigsty I've ever seen'.
4 Some 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?
5 I 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.
7 Phil 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.
9 I 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.
10 If 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.
11 What 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."
13 No 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.
15 Kids 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!
17 Because of my father, I thought my name was Jesus Christ. My brother Russell thought that his name was Dammit.
18 My 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.
20 I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
21 Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come home.
22 Don't worry about senility--when it hits you, you won't know it.
23 A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice.
24 Gray hair is God's graffiti.
25 It'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?
26 The 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
1 Periodically wears Temple University shirts on camera
2 His loud, gregarious voice.
3 His only prop onstage is a chair
4 Stories of his childhood and fatherhood

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