Bill Cosby

~ Person

Legal name: William Henry Cosby, Jr


William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Cosby's start in stand-up comedy began at the hungry i in San Francisco, followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s television show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was also a regular on the children's television series The Electric Company.

Using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby starred in a number of films, occasionally returning to film later in his career. After attending Temple University in the 1960s, he received his bachelor's degree there in 1971. In 1973 he received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and in 1976 he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.

Beginning in the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in a television sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. Cosby produced the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993; starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.

Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations since about 2000. As of October 23, 2015, Cosby has been accused by at least 57 women of either rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and/or sexual misconduct, with the earliest alleged incidents taking place in the mid-1960s. He has denied the allegations and has never been criminally charged. Most of the acts alleged by his accusers fall outside the statutes of limitations for legal proceedings. As of November 19, 2015, eight related lawsuits against Cosby are pending.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings Bill Cosby 1
1968 Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! Bill Cosby 2
1971 Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band Bill Cosby 2
1976 Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days Bill Cosby 1
1977 Disco Bill Bill Cosby 1
1990 Where You Lay Your Head Bill Cosby 1
1991 My Appreciation Bill Cosby 1
2009 State of Emergency Bill Cosby Presents The Cosnarati 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Best of Bill Cosby Bill Cosby 2
1992 At His Best Bill Cosby 2
2001 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Cosby Bill Cosby 1
2004 The Original Jam Sessions: 1969 Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby 1

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Icon Bill Cosby 1
More of the Best of Bill Cosby Bill Cosby 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow Right! Bill Cosby 3 3
1964 I Started Out as a Child Bill Cosby 3 2
1965 Why Is There Air? Bill Cosby 4 2
1966 Wonderfulness Bill Cosby 4 3
1967 Revenge Bill Cosby 4 2

Album + Live + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Live: Madison Square Garden Center Bill Cosby 1

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Far From Finished Bill Cosby 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Hello, Friend: To Ennis With Love Bill Cosby 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With Bill Cosby 3 3
1968 200 M.P.H Bill Cosby 2
1969 Bill Cosby Bill Cosby 1
1969 It's True! It's True! Bill Cosby 2 2
1971 When I Was a Kid Bill Cosby 3
1971 For Adults Only Bill Cosby 1
1971 Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs Bill Cosby 1
1972 Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby Bill Cosby 2
1973 Fat Albert Bill Cosby 2
1977 My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do? Bill Cosby 3
1978 Bill's Best Friend Bill Cosby 1
1982 Himself Bill Cosby 5 3
1986 Those of You With or Without Children, You'll Understand Bill Cosby 2
1986 Cosby and the Kids Bill Cosby 2
1991 Oh, Baby Bill Cosby 2
1992 At His Best Bill Cosby 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 8:15 12:15 Bill Cosby 1

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