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Bill Cosby

William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, and television producer. He got his start as a nightclub stand-up comic before landing a starring role in the action show I Spy (1965-1968). After various film and television roles, Cosby's greatest success came when he produced and starred in The Cosby Show (1984-1992), a popular sitcom that highlighted the experiences and growth of an upper-middle-class African-American family. Due to this role, he was widely dubbed "America's Dad." After the show ended, he produced and starred in multiple other shows and films. He was a sought-after spokesman from the 1960s until the early 2000s, endorsing a number of products including Jell-O, Kodak film, Ford, Texas Instruments, and Coca-Cola. Cosby has received several awards including 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, 2 Daytime Emmy Awards, 9 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to television (2002), and several honorary degrees from colleges and universities. Many of his awards have been rescinded due to numerous sexual assault allegations, including the 1998 Kennedy Center Honor, the 2009 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and all but 10 of 72 honorary degrees. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him as a member of the Actors Branch in May 2018. Approximately 60 women have accused Cosby of various forms of sexual assault in alleged incidents spanning from 1965 to 2008. These allegations became highly publicized in 2014, leading to several civil suits and criminal investigations for cases that had not yet reached the statute of limitations. Many networks, including NBC, removed reruns of The Cosby Show from their schedules. In April of 2018, Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction in June 2021 due to violation of a prior prosecutorial agreement that Cosby's previous civil suit testimony—in which he admitted to giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with—would not be used in the criminal trial. He was released from prison later that month after serving almost three years of the sentence and maintains his innocence in all accusations. As of August 2021, there is still one known active civil suit against Cosby.


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Born:
Jul 12, 1937 In Philadelphia, PA, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
62
First Appeared:
In the series I Spy 1965-09-15
Latest Project:
Movie Bill Cosby: Walking Free 2022-03-04
Known For
Filmography
Movie Bill Cosby: Walking Free 2022-03-04
Movie I Am Richard Pryor Self - Actor and Comedian (archive footage) 2019-03-12
Movie Bill Cosby: Fall of an American Icon 2017-06-05
Movie After Newtown: Guns in America Self 2013-02-19
Movie Moms Mabley Self 2013-04-20
Movie Goose 2012-02-26
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley Self 2012-10-15
Movie Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Self 2009-01-01
Movie Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Himself 2008-10-27
Movie Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s 2007-04-10
Movie Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Himself 2007-04-11
Movie The Shame of a City Himself 2006-04-06
Movie The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits Self 2006-11-25
Movie Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life 2006-11-01
Movie The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World Self 2005-02-23
Movie Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class Himself (archive footage) 2005-08-31
Movie Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-05-05
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie Lightning in a Bottle 2004-02-12
Movie Fat Albert Self 2004-12-25
Movie Jack Paar: Smart Television Self 2003-11-29
Movie The Cosby Show: A Look Back Self / Dr. Cliff Huxtable (archive footage) 2002-05-19
Movie Comedian Himself 2002-10-25
Movie The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story 2000-05-31
Movie 4 Little Girls Self - Educator 1997-07-09
Movie Jack Lawrence Woodruff 1996-08-09
Series Cosby 1996-09-16
Movie I Spy Returns Alexander Scott 1994-02-03
Series The Cosby Mysteries 1994-01-31
Movie The Meteor Man Marvin 1993-08-06
Movie Malcolm X Self 1992-11-18
Movie The One, the Only... Groucho Himself 1991-05-28
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration Himself 1990-02-04
Movie The Earth Day Special Dr. Cliff Huxtable 1990-04-22
Movie Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper 1990-06-29
Movie Leonard Part 6 Leonard Parker 1987-12-18
Movie In Remembrance of Martin Self 1986-02-08
Movie Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis Himself 1986-10-17
Series The Cosby Show Heathcliff Huxtable 1984-09-20
Movie The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin 1981-03-06
Movie A Walking Tour of Sesame Street Himself, as twins (archive footage) 1979-03-01
Movie Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979-11-23
Movie California Suite Dr. Willis Panama 1978-12-15
Movie Top Secret Aaron Strickland 1978-06-03
Movie A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson 1977-10-07
Movie Mother, Jugs & Speed Mother 1976-01-01
Series Cos 1976-09-19
Movie Let's Do It Again Billy Foster 1975-10-11
Movie Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin 1974-07-26
Movie Journey Back to Oz The Wizard of Oz (TV version) 1974-12-05
Series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Mushmouth 1972-09-09
Movie To All My Friends On Shore Blue 1972-02-25
Series The New Bill Cosby Show Self - Host 1972-09-11
Movie Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey 1972-10-04
Movie Diana! Self 1971-04-18
Movie Man and Boy Caleb Revers 1971-06-23
Series The Electric Company 1971-10-25
Movie Aesop's Fables Aesop 1971-10-31
Series The Bill Cosby Show Chet Kincaid 1969-09-14
Movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Nightclub Patron in Hat 1969-09-17
Movie Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed Narrator 1968-08-31
Series I Spy Alexander Scott 1965-09-15