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Cosby, Bill (1937–)

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COSBY, BILL (1937–). Actor, comedian, philanthropist. Cosby dropped out of high school in Philadelphia and became a medic in the Navy. He earned his diploma while in the service and attended Temple University once he was discharged, where he played football and also worked as a bartender. He began his career in entertainment in 1962 as a comedian playing small Philadelphia and Greenwich Village nightclubs. After television appearances on the Johnny Carson, Jack Paar, and Andy Williams shows, he rapidly became one of the top nightclub acts in the country. Cosby made television history in 1965, when he became the first African American actor to star in a network television series. The name of the show was I Spy , and he was also the first to win an Emmy Award for his role. He landed his own television series, The Bill Cosby Show , in 1969. His film roles include Uptown Saturday Night , 1974; Let’s Do It Again , 1975; and A Piece of the Action , 1977, all with Sidney Poitier. Continuing on with his education, Cosby earned his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. After a short stint of playing a high school guidance counselor on his TV series The Bill Cosby Show , he later became Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on the long-running The Cosby Show , considered one of the most-watched shows of all time. Throughout his career, Cosby has lent his comedic talents to over 20 record albums and won numerous awards, including Emmy Awards, Grammy awards, and seven gold albums. He has authored several books, including Fatherhood , 1986, and Time Flies , 1987. He is also the television commercial spokesman for Jello Pudding. He has shared his fortune with various social causes and educational institutions, including a $20 million gift to Spellman College in 1988.

Filmography: To All My Friends on Shore , 1971; Man & Boy , 1971; Uptown Saturday Night , 1974; Let’s Do It Again , 1975; Mother, Jugs and Speed , 1976; Piece of the Action , 1977; California Suite , 1978; The Devil & Max Devlin , 1981; Leonard Part 6 , 1987; Ghost Dad , 1990; The Meteor Man , 1993; Jack , 1996; Fat Albert , 2004.

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