Born: William Henry Cosby, Jr. in Philadelphia, PA
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. As a stand-up performer, he got his start at the hungry i in San Francisco, then landed a starring role in the 1960s show I Spy. He was a performer on the children's television series The Electric Company during its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby also acted in films.
During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in a sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992. It was the number one show in America for five years (1985–89). The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. He produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998-2000.
In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license