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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby was born on July 12th, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for over thirty years, he has been one of the world's most respected and well-known entertainers and comedians. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high school through a correspondence course. He later took up an athletics scholarship at Temple University, supporting himself during his studies by tending bar, where his easy-going style and witty joking with the clientele prompted suggestions that he try stand-up comedy. This he did and was soon to be discovered by the legendary Carl Reiner.

In his early twenties, he appeared on many well-known variety programs including "The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948). His big break came in 1965 when he appeared as Alexander Scott in "I Spy" (1965), winning numerous Emmys for his performance. He later appeared in "The Bill Cosby Show" (1969), playing a teacher, although originally the show only lasted for two years. He studied for many years during his career in the 1960s and 1970s, and he received a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. During his early years he also made some comedy albums that sold very well; his most notable comedy song being "Little Old Man".

In 1984, "The Cosby Show" commenced. The show was originally intended to follow a blue-collar family, but finally ended up portraying a white-collar family. It was originally rejected by ABC, accepted by a then-floundering NBC, and was an almost instant success. From 1985 to 1987 the show broke viewing records, with Cosby becoming perhaps the strongest driving force in television during the eighties. He produced the TV series "A Different World" (1987), set in an historically Black college and concentrated on young people and education.

The Cosby Show finally ended in 1992, with the final production considered to be one of the highest-rated shows of the season and featured a pleading Cosby asking for peace in riot-torn Los Angeles during the height of the Rodney King riots. Since then he has produced films such as Men of Honor (2000), and shows including "Little Bill"(1999).

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I Am What I Ate
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I Am What I Ate and I'm Frightened by Bill Cosby

Friends of a Feather
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Friends of a Feather by Bill Cosby

The Day I Saw My Father Cry
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The Day I Saw My Father Cry by Bill Cosby

Love and Marriage
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Love and Marriage by Bill Cosby

Time Flies
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Time Flies by Bill Cosby

To see Bill Cosby's bibliography, click here or scroll to the bottom of the page.
Bill Cosby's Bibliography
  • Fatherhood - 1986
  • Time Flies - 1987
  • Love and Marriage - 1989
  • Childhood - 1991
  • Kids Say the Darndest Things - 1998
  • Congratulations! Now What?: A Book for Graduates - 1999
  • American Schools: The $100 Billion Challenge - 2000
  • Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy - 2001
  • I Am What I Ate ... and I'm Frightened!!!: And Other Digressions from the Doctor of Comedy - 2003
  • Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables - 2003
  • Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors - 2007
  • I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) - 2011
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