Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby
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Cosby in 2011
Born
Henry William Cosby

(1937-07-12) July 12, 1937 (age 82)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, author
Years active1961–2018[1]
Criminal charge3 counts of aggravated indecent assault
Criminal status
Sentenced September 25, 2018 to 3-10 years in prison; Classified as sexually violent predator.
Spouse(s)
Children5, including Erika Cosby and Ennis Cosby
Comedy career
MediumStand-up comedy, film, television
GenresObservational comedy, satire, surreal humor, deadpan
Websitebillcosby.com
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Henry William "Bill" Cosby, Ed.D (born July 12, 1937), is a convicted sex offender and former American stand-up comedian, actor, author, producer, musician, activist. He was also a regular star of movies and television.

On April 26, 2018, Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.[2] He was sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison on September 25, 2018.[3][4]

Life

Early life

Cosby was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at Temple University.

Career

He is the creator of such shows as Filmation's animated Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, NBC's The Cosby Show (in which he played a doctor named Heathcliff Huxtable) and Nick at Nite's Fatherhood (with Blair Underwood).

On television, he starred in the 1960s spy spoof I Spy, and has also advertised Jell-o and other products.

On the big screen, he appeared in Leonard Part 6 (1987), Ghost Dad (1990), and The Meteor Man (1993).

Personal life

Cosby married Camille Hanks Cosby in 1964. Together, they have five children. Cosby lives in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since 2016, Cosby has been legally blind, as a result of keratoconus.[5]

Sexual assault charges

As of December 30, 2015, numerous civil lawsuits are active against Cosby, and he faces one felony charge of aggravated indecent assault in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; a warrant was issued for his arrest.[6] This charge is based on the 2005 allegations of a January 2004 incident.[7][8] He was released on a $1 million dollar bail later that day.

Cosby's trial started on June 5, 2017.[9] He hired layer Thomas Mesereau.[10]

He was found guilty of three counts of assault on April 26, 2018, and was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison in late September 2018.[2]

Works

Discography

Comedy albums

Music albums

Compilations

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions
US US R&B
1967 "Little Ol' Man (Uptight—Everything's Alright)" 4 18
1970 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" 70
1976 "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself" 59
"Yes, Yes, Yes" 46 11

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1965–1968 I Spy Alexander Scott TV series
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Patron at nightclub (uncredited)
1969 Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert Bill / Fat Albert / Dumb Donald (voice) TV movie
1969–1971 The Bill Cosby Show Chet Kincaid TV series
1971–1973 The Electric Company Hank TV series
1971 Man and Boy Caleb Revers TV movie
1971 Aesop's Fables Aesop
1972 The New Bill Cosby Show Host TV series
1972–1985 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids "Fat" Albert Jackson (voice) TV series
1972 To All My Friends on Shore Blue TV movie
1972 Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey
1974 Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin
1974 Journey Back to Oz The Wizard of Oz TV version only
1975 Let's Do It Again Billy Foster
1976 Cos Host TV series
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Mother
1977 A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson
1978 Top Secret Aaron Strickland TV movie
1978 California Suite Dr. Willis Panama
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin
1984–1992 The Cosby Show Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable TV series
1987 Leonard Part 6 Leonard Parker Also producer and writer
1987 Bill Cosby:49 Himself Live comedy concert film released on VHS
1987 A Different World Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable TV series
1990 Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper
1992–1993 You Bet Your Life Host TV series
1993 The Meteor Man Marvin
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Guy Hanks TV movie
1994–1995 The Cosby Mysteries Guy Hanks TV series
1994 I Spy Returns Alexander Scott TV movie
1996 Jack Lawrence Woodruff
1996–2000 Cosby Hilton Lucas TV series
1998–2000 Kids Say the Darndest Things Host TV series
1999–2004 Little Bill Captain Brainstorm (voice) TV series
2002 Sylvia's Path Voice TV movie
2003 Baadasssss! Himself
2004 Fat Albert Himself
2009–2011 OBKB Himself
2014 Bill Cosby 77 Himself

Books

Awards and honors

Emmys

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Grammys

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Honorary degrees

Cosby has been awarded at least 57 honorary degrees since 1985.[19] Several of these honorary degrees have been rescinded due to allegations of sexual assault and/or immoral behavior:

References

  1. Allyn, Bobby (January 23, 2018). "Bill Cosby Makes Surprise Stand-Up Appearance Ahead Of Retrial". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN, Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper,. "Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts in indecent assault trial". CNN. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  3. "Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison". The New York Times. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  4. "Cosby sentenced to prison for sex assault". BBC News. September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  5. Smith, Emily. "Bill Cosby is 'completely blind' and homebound". Page Six. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  6. Dale, Maryclaire (December 30, 2015). "Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting a woman". Associated Press. Retrieved December 30, 2015. More than one of |website= and |work= specified (help)
  7. "The Latest: Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault". ABC News. ABC TV. Associated Press. December 30, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  8. Ohlheiser, Abby (30 December 2015). "Bill Cosby charged in sexual assault case". Washington Post (Online). Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  9. Rappleye, Connor, Hannah, Tracy (September 6, 2016). "Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Trial Set for June 5". NBC News. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  10. "Bill Cosby's new lawyer represented Michael Jackson". NBC News.
  11. TV News Desk. "Video: Bill Cosby: Far From Finished on Blu-Ray/DVD Today". Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  12. "Biography of Bill Cosby". John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
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  14. "The comedians' comedian". Chortle.co.uk. December 30, 2015.
  15. "Lone Sailor Award recipients". navymemorial.org.
  16. Mass, Chief. "MCPON Designates Bill Cosby Honorary Chief". United States Navy. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  17. "Bill Cosby's honorary chief status revoked amid controversy". Navy Times. December 4, 2014.
  18. "Navy Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Title Amid Sex Assault Claims". NBC News. December 5, 2014.
  19. "To Revoke or Not: Colleges That Gave Cosby Honors Face a Tough Question". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
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  27. Berklee College of Music (May 8, 2004). "Retiring College President Lee Eliot Berk and Bill Cosby Honored at Berklee College of Music's 2004 Commencement". Press release. http://www.berklee.edu/commencement/2004/default.html. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
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  32. "Honorary Degrees". Yale Bulletin and Calendar 31 (31). June 6, 2003. http://www.yale.edu/opa/arc-ybc/v31.n31/story103.html. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
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