Bill Cosby

Actor + Comedian + Author + Producer + Musician + Activist
Born Jul 12, 1937

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show.… Read More

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1937 Birth Cosby was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. … Read More


1956 19 Years Old In 1956, Cosby enlisted in the Navy, serving at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. … Read More


1961 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He finished his equivalency diploma via correspondence courses and was awarded a track and field scholarship to Philadelphia's Temple University in 1961. … Read More
1963 26 Years Old He received national exposure on NBC's The Tonight Show in the summer of 1963. … Read More
1964 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Records, who, in 1964, released his debut LP Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow Right!, the first of a series of comedy albums. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old In 1965, Cosby was cast alongside Robert Culp in the I Spy espionage adventure series on NBC. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old During the run of the series, Cosby continued to do stand-up comedy performances and recorded a half-dozen record albums for Warner Bros. Records. He also began to dabble in singing, recording Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings in 1967, which provided him with a hit single with his recording of Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright). … Read More
In June 1968, Billboard reported that Cosby had turned down a five-year, US$3.5 million contract renewal offer and would leave the label in August that year to record for his own record label.
1969 32 Years Old Cosby pursued a variety of additional television projects and appeared as a regular guest host on The Tonight Show and as the star of an annual special for NBC. He returned with another series in 1969, The Bill Cosby Show, a situation comedy that ran for two seasons. … Read More
1972 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Cosby received an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was also back in prime time with a variety series, The New Bill Cosby Show. … Read More
1976 39 Years Old Some schools used the program as a teaching tool, and Cosby himself wrote a dissertation on it, "An Integration of the Visual Media Via 'Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids' Into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning", as partial fulfillment of obtaining his 1976 doctorate in education, also from the University of Massachusetts. … Read More


1983 46 Years Old Much of the material from the pilot and first season of The Cosby Show was taken from his video Bill Cosby: Himself, released in 1983. … Read More
1984 47 Years Old Cosby's greatest television success came in September 1984 with the debut of The Cosby Show. … Read More


1987 50 Years Old In 1987, Cosby attempted to return to film with the spy spoof Leonard Part 6. … Read More
1992 55 Years Old After The Cosby Show went off the air in 1992, Cosby embarked on a number of other projects, including a revival of the classic Groucho Marx game show You Bet Your Life (1992–93) along with the TV-movie I Spy Returns (1994) and The Cosby Mysteries (1994). … Read More
1995 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Cosby was hired by CBS to be the official spokesman of the WWJ-TV during an advertising campaign from 1995 to 1998.


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2007 70 Years Old In May 2007 he spoke at the commencement of High Point University.
2009 72 Years Old In the summer of 2009, Cosby hosted a comedy gala at Montreal's Just for Laughs, which is the largest comedy festival in the world.
2010 73 Years Old Cosby received the National Football Foundation's Gold Medal in 2010 … Read More
On November 19, 2014, TV Land and NBC both ended their relationships with Cosby: TV Land announced that it was pulling reruns from its schedule and also removing clips of the show from its website. … Read More
In May 2015 he said, "I have been in this business 52 years and I've never seen anything like this. … Read More
2016 79 Years Old In July 2016 it was reported that Cosby is now completely blind, as a result of keratoconus. … Read More
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