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Bill Cosby          

Influential Comedian and Actor; Starred in "The Cosby Show"

One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.

The former Navy serviceman’s illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children’s educational show Electric Company and creating and producing the Emmy Award-winning Little Bill, which is based on his best-selling book series.

Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show “an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race.” The Cosby Show dominated the #1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. Life magazine described the program as “a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted” show whose “delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives.”

Bill Cosby’s current bestseller, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. Cosby talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love in his humorous and insightful manner.

Cosby has received the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (America’s highest civilian honor), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Marian Anderson Award.

Cosby’s been busy raising a family, too. He married the former Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964, while she was still a student at the University of Maryland. They raised four daughters (Erika, Erinn, Ensa and Evin) and one son (Ennis) and now have three grandchildren. The family resides in New England.

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Bill Cosby weighs in on Zimmerman case | Yahoo! News - Yahoo ...

From Yahoo News: Bill Cosby weighed in on George Zimmerman's acquittal on Thursday, telling a Virginia radio show that the prosecution did not do a good job  ...

Bill Cosby: 'I Wanted to Take the House Back' from Kids ...

From the blog Newsmakers: Bill Cosby does not suffer foolish parents gladly. In a recent interview with ABC News, the legendary comic, actor, writer and ...

Bill Cosby: A plague called apathy | New York Post

He was the New York City dad we all wish we had Cliff Huxtable, the strict, funny and understanding father on “The Cosby Show,” played for eight years by actor ...

Bill Cosby Talks 'No-groes,' Black Leadership With CNN's Don ...

Wanting African-Americans to take responsibility for their lives, their kids and their education, Bill Cosby has offered some strong words to a group of people he ...

Bill Cosby: Black Men Need to Raise Their Kids, Has a Message For ...

On Saturday night's edition of CNN Newsroom, Lemon continued that controversial trend with comic legend Bill Cosby, who has also felt the heat of controversy ...

Bill Cosby helps Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. celebrate ...

Bill Cosby helped put Ben's Chili Bowl on map in Washington, D.C., and is helping celebrate years later.

Remember core values, comedian Bill Cosby tells MU graduates

Two older and wiser men - comedian Bill Cosby and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig - gave their advice during ceremonies Sunday in ...

Bill Cosby not impressed by entertainers like Miley Cyrus 'pushing ...

Bill Cosby, who performs in New York next week, says people will do anything for ratings: 'We don't have long to go before we see beheadings.'

Bill Cosby speaks: 5 thoughts about jazz - San Jose Mercury News

The nation s chief jazz evangelist, Bill Cosby performs a night of stand-up comedy Aug. 26 at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco; it s a benefit for the SFJazz ...

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