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Bill Cosby is an award winning actor, writer, comedian, producer, and composer. He was born William H. Cosby, Jr. on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William, was a welder with the U.S. Navy. His mother, Anna died in 1991. In the 1950’s Bill dropped out of high school and joined the Navy. Years later, he went to college on a football scholarship at Temple University in Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. in radio/television/film.

After college, Cosby started performing standup comedy acts like “Fat Albert” and “Weird Harold” in nightclubs. After a few years, he was offered the part of a detective, co-starring with Robert Culp, in the television adventure series “I Spy” from 1965 to 1968. He received three Emmys for his work and his stature in television became a breakthrough for blacks in the industry.

Cosby married Camille Olivia Hanks on January 25, 1964. They had four daughters and one son, Ennis who, sadly enough, was shot and murdered in a bungled robbery attempt in 1997 as he changed a flat tire.

During the 1970’s Bill Cosby returned to school at the University of Massachusetts and received his Ph.D. in education in 1972, 1977. The 1980’s began his highly successful, long-running television series, “The Cosby Show”. The show centered around Cosby as a family doctor and his attorney-wife and five children. At this time, he also authored several books such as the very funny Fatherhood. In the late 1990’s, he again starred in a television series, “Cosby” with his co-star from “The Cosby Show”, Phylicia Rashad. This time the setting was a small urban home of a retired couple.

Bill Cosby has received many awards over the years. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. He also holds numerous Peoples Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Grammys.