18 Facts About Cosby

1. In 1979, Cosby created The New Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, an educational series that was used in many schools around the country.

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2. In 1965, Cosby made a guest appearance on the popular late-night TV talk and variety program The Tonight Show.

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3. In 1961, Cosby entered Temple University in Philadelphia on a track and field scholarship.

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4. Bill Cosby is one of the best known and most respected African American comedians and actors.

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5. In 1998, Cosby was among five performers who were saluted at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC A ceremony was held at the Kennedy Center and was attended by President and Mrs Clinton.

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6. In 1982, Cosby let it be known that he was interested in a weekly series.

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7. In 1961, at the age of 23, Cosby won a track and field scholarship to Temple University.

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8. On September 2, 2015, a portrait of Cosby made from seeds sparked outrage from attendees at the Minnesota State Fair held at the Agriculture Horticulture Building in Minnesota.

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

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

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

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

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13. In 1977, Cosby received a doctorate in urban education from the university, having written his dissertation on Fat Albert.

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14. In 1965, Cosby helped pave the way for African-American TV performers with a leading role in a TV series.

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

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16. Bill Cosby incorporated many names from his own real-life family into his sitcom relatives.

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17. Bill Cosby was not pleased with the so-called "family" sitcoms he saw on TV in the early 1980s.

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18. Bill Cosby is known to be the first African American actor who was awarded with an Emmy Award.

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