BILL COSBY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Bill Cosby was born on July 12th, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the birth name William Henry Cosby Jr. and was the oldest of four children. He did not complete regular high school as he left after the tenth grade to join the United States Navy, however he did earn a high school diploma through a correspondence course. He then received an athletic scholarship to attend Temple University and worked as a bartender to support himself financially.
He decided to become a stand up comedian when he worked as a bartender and many of his customers advised him on how funny he was and that he should pursue a career in the entertainment world. When he was discovered by Carl Reiner, a famous film director, producer and comedian, Cosby's career was well on it's way. He began with working on such variety programs as "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948) and it took a while of doing other shows and stand up comedy until he got his big break in "I Spy" starring with Robert Culp, where he won a number of Emmy's for his performance.
He is most known for his role on the television sitcom titled "The Cosby Show" which originally began in 1969 and only lasted two years where he portrayed a teacher. Later in 1984 "The Cosby Show" which aired on NBC became an instant success and filmed in New York as Cosby disliked working in Los Angeles. Between 1985 and 1987 this series broke viewing records. While working as an actor he also pursued a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
Along with a highly successful television career, Bill Cosby also starred in a number of films such as, "To All My Friends on Shore" (1972), "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974), "Let's Do It Again" (1975), "A Piece of the Action" (1977), "Mother, Jugs & Speed" (1976) and "California Suite" (1978).
He also was highly disappointed on how minorities were being portrayed on television so out of his, "Cosby Show" experience he created, "A Different World" (1987) which focused on young people's college educations. In 1992 the "Cosby Show" came to an end.
His later part of his career turned up some less successful film roles and one partial comeback role with Robin Willliams in "Jack" (1996). However, Cosby has also redirected his goals in the industry to work as a producer on such films as "Men of Honor" (2000) and "Little Bill" (1999).
Along with earning a number of Grammy Awards for his best selling comedy albums he also had a top 40 hit in 1969 with, "Little Old Man" and was also a best selling author.
Bill Cosby has had a very successful professional career and also a wonderful personal life being married only one time to Camille O. Cosby whom he wed in 1964 and they remain together today after having raised five children, Erika, Ennis, Ensa, Evin and Erinn. Sadly, one of his sons, Ennis was murdered in 1997 in San Diego, California when he was on the side of the highway fixing a flat tire.
He currently lives with his wife and his latest work was in "The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America" (2011).
2011 The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America
2002 Sylvia's Path
1997-1999 Touched by an Angel
1999 Little Bill
1994-1995 The Cosby Mysteries
1994 I Spy Returns
1994 The Cosby Mysteries
1993 The Meteor Man
1984-1992 The Cosby Show
1990 Ghost Dad
1987 Leonard Part 6
1987 A Different World
1972-1982 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
1982 The Fat Albert Easter Special
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin
1978 California Suite
1978 Top Secret
1977 The Fat Albert Christmas Special
1977 The Fat Albert Halloween Special
1977 A Piece of the Action
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed
1975 Let's Do It Again
1974 Journey Back to Oz
1974 Uptown Saturday Night
1974 The Chocolate Princess
1971-1973 The Electric Company
1972 Hickey & Boggs
1972 The New Bill Cosby Show
1972 To All My Friends on Shore
1971 Aesop's Fables
1971 Man and Boy
1969-1971 The Bill Cosby Show
1970 Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby
1969 Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
1969 NBC Children's Theatre
1965-1968 I Spy
1966 The Bob Hope Show
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre