75 Facts About Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby had a starring role in the television crime show I Spy opposite Robert Culp.

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Bill Cosby made history when he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1966, making him the first African American to earn an Emmy Award for acting.

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Bill Cosby's acting career continued as he starred in the sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which ran for two seasons from 1969 to 1971.

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In 1972, using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Bill Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Bill Cosby Kids which ran until 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area.

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Bill Cosby starred in the original cast of The Electric Company alongside Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman from 1971 to 1973.

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Bill Cosby's dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.

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Bill Cosby produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993.

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Bill Cosby starred in The Cosby Mysteries, the sitcom Cosby and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things.

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Bill Cosby then created and produced the animated children's program Little Bill.

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Bill Cosby was imprisoned until the conviction was vacated in June 2021, by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for violations of Cosby's 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment due process rights.

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Bill Cosby was born on July 12,1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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12.

Bill Cosby is one of four sons of Anna Pearl, a maid, and William Henry Cosby Sr.

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Bill Cosby was the class president as well as captain of both the baseball and track and field teams at Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadelphia.

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Bill Cosby attended Philadelphia's Central High School, a magnet school and academically rigorous college prep school, where he ran track and played baseball, football, and basketball.

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Bill Cosby transferred to Germantown High School but failed the tenth grade.

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In 1956, Bill Cosby enlisted in the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia; at Naval Station Argentia in Newfoundland, Canada; and at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland.

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Bill Cosby worked in physical therapy with Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were injured during the Korean War.

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Bill Cosby served until 1960 and became a petty officer 3rd class.

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19.

Bill Cosby earned his high school equivalency diploma through correspondence courses and was awarded a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961.

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20.

Bill Cosby began bartending at a Philadelphia club, where he earned bigger tips by making the customers laugh.

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21.

Bill Cosby then began performing on stage, and left his university studies to pursue a career in comedy.

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22.

Bill Cosby lined up stand-up jobs at clubs in Philadelphia and then in New York City, where he appeared at The Gaslight Cafe beginning in 1961.

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Bill Cosby booked dates in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, DC In the summer of 1963, he received national exposure on NBC's The Tonight Show.

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24.

Records which, in 1964, released his debut LP, Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow.

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25.

Bill Cosby created the whole idea of taking a quote-unquote 'comic' and developing a TV show just from a persona that you see on stage.

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26.

Bill Cosby's last show of the "Far from Finished" tour was performed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on May 2,2015.

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Bill Cosby's last known standup performance prior to his conviction was held at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on January 23,2018.

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28.

In 1965, Bill Cosby was cast alongside Robert Culp in the I Spy espionage adventure series on NBC.

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29.

Bill Cosby began to dabble in singing, recording Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings in 1967.

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30.

In July 1968, Bill Cosby narrated Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed, a CBS documentary addressing the representation of black people in popular culture.

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31.

Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson said it was one of "the rare exceptions when Bill Cosby took off the gloves and blinders, to discuss race in public with candor and discernment".

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32.

Bill 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.

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33.

Bill Cosby played a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school.

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34.

Bill Cosby was lauded for using African-American performers such as Lillian Randolph, Moms Mabley, and Rex Ingram as characters.

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35.

Bill Cosby began graduate work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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In 1976, Bill Cosby earned a Doctor of Education from UMass; his dissertation was titled "An Integration of the Visual Media Via 'Fat Albert And The Bill Cosby Kids' into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning".

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37.

In 1976, Bill Cosby starred in A Piece of the Action with Poitier; and California Suite, a compilation of four Neil Simon plays.

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38.

Bill Cosby was a regular on children's public television programs starting in the 1970s, hosting the "Picture Pages" segments that lasted into the early 1980s.

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Plots were often based on ideas that Bill Cosby suggested while in meetings with the writing staff.

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40.

In 1987, Bill Cosby attempted to return to film with the spy spoof Leonard Part 6.

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Later in the 1980s, Bill Cosby served as an advisor to the Los Angeles Student Film Institute.

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42.

Also in 1996, he started up a new show for CBS, Bill Cosby, again co-starring Phylicia Rashad, his onscreen wife on The Bill Cosby Show.

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Bill Cosby was hired by CBS to be the official spokesman of its Detroit affiliate WWJ-TV during an advertising campaign from 1995 to 1998.

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44.

Bill Cosby hosted a CBS special, Kids Say the Darndest Things on February 6,1995, which was followed after as a full season show, with Bill Cosby as host, from January 9,1998, to June 23,2000.

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45.

In 2001, Bill Cosby's agenda included the publication of a new book, as well as delivering the commencement addresses at Morris Brown College, Ohio State University, and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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In May 2007, Bill Cosby spoke at the commencement of High Point University.

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47.

Bill Cosby co wrote and executive produced the live action film Fat Albert starring Kenan Thompson.

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48.

New NBC show scheduled for 2015, created by Mike O'Malley and Mike Sikowitz and to have been produced by The Bill Cosby Show Tom Werner, was set to feature Bill Cosby as Jonathan Franklin, the patriarch of a multi-generational family.

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49.

Bill Cosby pleaded for African-American families to educate their children on the many different aspects of American culture.

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50.

Bill Cosby further described those who needed attention as Blacks who "had forgotten the sacrifices of those in the Civil Rights Movement".

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51.

Dyson suggested that Bill Cosby's comments "betray classist, elitist viewpoints rooted in generational warfare".

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52.

Bill Cosby is trying to speak honestly and freely and lovingly, and I think that's a very positive thing.

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53.

Bill Cosby stood his ground against criticism and affirmed that African-American parents were continuing to fail to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior.

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54.

Bill Cosby has been critical of conservative Republican politicians in regard to their views on socioeconomic and racial issues.

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55.

Bill Cosby hosted the Los Angeles Playboy Jazz Festival from 1979 to 2012.

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56.

Bill Cosby has become an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America.

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57.

Bill Cosby is a supporter of his alma mater, Temple University, particularly its men's basketball team, whose games Bill Cosby frequently attended prior to his arrest.

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58.

Bill Cosby is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity; he was initiated in the fraternity's Beta Alpha Alpha graduate chapter in White Plains, New York, in 1988, and served briefly on the Board of Directors for the CDC Foundation.

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59.

Bill Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations and maintained his innocence.

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60.

Reruns of The Bill Cosby Show and other shows featuring Bill Cosby have been pulled from syndication by many organizations.

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61.

On January 28,2019, Bill Cosby was moved from administrative segregation into the general population.

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62.

On June 30,2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Bill Cosby's conviction, citing violations of his due process rights.

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Castor said he did so to compel Bill Cosby to testify in a civil lawsuit, brought by Constand, without the right to not incriminate himself as accorded by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, so that Constand could win damages from Bill Cosby.

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64.

Bill Cosby was released from prison on the same day his conviction was overturned.

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Bill Cosby served nearly three years before Pennsylvania's supreme court overturned his conviction.

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Bill Cosby's attorney filed a response in late January 2022, urging the Supreme Court to decline review.

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67.

Bill Cosby denies being the father and said he gave Upshaw a total of about $100,000 because he did not want her to publicly reveal the affair.

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68.

Bill Cosby countersued both Huth and her attorney Marc Strecker for legal fees.

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Bill Cosby's attorney contended Huth and her attorney engaged in an extortion attempt before filing a suit.

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Two months after Bill Cosby was released from a Pennsylvania prison, the case was revived, and his lawyer said he would continue to plead the Fifth Amendment.

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Bill Cosby said that, after she woke up the next morning, Cosby threatened her and said that if she were to go to the police, that he would sue her for defamation and would destroy her career.

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72.

Bill Cosby has received various awards for his work as a standup comedian and actor in both television, and film including five Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.

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73.

Bill Cosby received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002, and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2003.

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74.

Bill Cosby received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977.

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75.

On May 3,2018, Bill Cosby was expelled as a member of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Roman Polanski and Harvey Weinstein.

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