Bill Cosby is one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. He started his legendary career in 1962 and is still performing live. In fact, he recorded his first TV special (for Comedy Central) in 2013. From 1965 to 1970, Cosby and his comedy albums won Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Performance. He took home the trophy again in 1987.
When Cosby began his stand-up career in the 1960s comedians were just starting to work blue. Cosby did not. His act was clean (and still is). As his fans can attest to, Cosby doesn’t need to use profanity. He’s naturally funny, has perfect timing, and his jokes have universal appeal. Cosby draws material from his own life, mainly his childhood and family experiences.
Cosby also put together a successful television career. It started in 1965 when he was cast in I Spy. By landing the role, Cosby became the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic television series. He was pretty good at it too. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three years in a row.
In 1972, Cosby created, produced, and hosted Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. While the Saturday morning kids’ show was educational, and ended with a positive message, it was extremely entertaining. It was a hit among children and adults.
The Cosby Show
From 1984 to 1992, The Cosby Show aired on NBC. The family sitcom was based on Cosby’s stand-up act and was insanely popular—the show almost singlehandedly lifted NBC out of the ratings gutter. The Cosby Show was television’s number one program for five straight seasons.
Other Cosby Television Projects
The Bill Cosby Show (1969 to 1971)
The New Bill Cosby Show (1972-1973)
Cosby (1996 to 2000)
Hosted Kids Say The Darndest Things (1999-2000)
Leonard Part 6
Cosby has also starred in a number of movies but none of them have been very successful. Far and away the worst movie of his career is 1987’s Leonard Part 6. The film was so bad that Cosby denounced it before it even hit theaters.
Cosby is one of the most venerated figures in the entertainment industry but that doesn’t mean he’s free of controversy. Although none of the allegations have been proven in a court of law, several women have accused Cosby of sexual assault—more specifically that he drugged and fondled them. Cosby has denied any wrong doing.
In 2006, Cosby settled out of court when 14 women came forward and agreed to testify against him. In recent years, an artist claimed that Cosby raped her when she was 17 and a journalist claimed that he raped her when she was 19. More than one woman has called Cosby a “serial rapist.”
Cosby married Camille Hanks in 1964 and together they’ve had five children. All of their kids have names that start with the letter “E.” Cosby served in the Navy and graduated from Temple University.
>>Member of the Television Hall of Fame
>>Kennedy Center Honoree
>>Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
>>Recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
>>Honorary Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy
>>Has received more than a dozen honorary degrees