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Bill Cosby (born William Henry Cosby Jr. 12.7.1937)
Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor and television producer best known for The Bill Cosby Show and later, The Cosby Show.

Net Worth: According to The Richest in 2013, Bill Cosby has a Net Worth of 350 million USD.

Childhood: Cosby was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl - a maid - and William Henry Cosby Sr. - a sailor in the US Navy. He was only one of four sons born to the couple. He studied at Mary Channing Wister Public School where he captained the Baseball and Track and Field teams. He was also the Class President, despite (or perhaps due to) his want to be the class clown rather than study. During High School, Cosby played for the football, basketball, baseball and running track teams, as well as working various jobs before and after school to help support his family. After failing the tenth grade, Cosby left school to work in a shoe repair shop, later leaving to join the US Navy. He then earned a Track and Field scholarship to study at Temple University, where he studied Physical Education while playing for the football team.

Career: Cosby started is stand-up career in 1962, and worked his way around New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco, before Warner Bros. Records released his first comedy album in 1964. In 1965, Bill Cosby became the first African American co-star on a dramatic television series when he landed a role in the NBC show, I Spy. This show earned him three Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 1969, The Bill Cosby Show aired its first series to massive ratings success. The show was cancelled by NBC before the second season could air, however. In 1984, The Cosby Show aired for the first time and became the highest ranking sitcom of all time. It continued until 1992, with rating barely dropping throughout the entire runtime. Bill Cosby: Film and Music Career Bill Cosby's film career started in 1971 with the movie Man and Boy before reuniting with his co-star from I-Spy, Robert Culp, in Hickey & Boggs. In the mid-1970s, Cosby starred in comedy films like Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Let's Do it Again (1975). His following films in the 70s - Mother, Jugs and Speed, A Piece of the Action, and California Suite - however, were poorly received. In 1967, Cosby released Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings - his sixth album, but the first to showcase his talent for singing. Until this point, he had only released comedy albums under the same record label, Warner Bros. Records. The song Little Old Man from the album, sold over one million copies on it's release.

Personal life: On the 25th of July, 1964, Cosby married Camille Oliver Hanks, and the two had five children. Of their five children, only one was a boy, but he was tragically murdered on the 16th of January, 1997. Bill Cosby has consistently hosted the annual Playboy Jazz Festival since 1979. This is primarily due to his love of music and because he appeared on Hugh Hefner's talk show in the 1970s. Cosby is also known to be a supporter of Temple University's basketball team and frequently attends their games.



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Bill Cosby's Daughter Defends Him In Essay


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As Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault gets nearer, the disgraced entertainer’s daughter Evin has defended him in an essay, saying that he “loves and respects women” and is innocent of the charges.

In addition to the emotional article, published early on Wednesday (April 26th) by NNPA Newswire, Cosby himself also broke his silence to reveal that he is now completely blind, and has been for over two years, as he awaits trial on June 5th.

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Eddie Murphy Makes His First Onstage Joke In 28 Years And It's About Bill Cosby


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Eddie Murphy made his first onstage joke in 28 years on Sunday evening (October 18th) when he accepted the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humour in Washington D.C. The comedian’s choice of target for his first gag in nearly three decades was another former honouree, Bill Cosby, whose reputation is now in tatters after recent sexual assault allegations.

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour on Sunday.

The show was opened by Arsenio Hall, who compared his friend Murphy to the first recipient of the prize, the late, great Richard Pryor. “When it comes to masters of everything who do it all in comedy, only two come to mind," Hall said. "The first recipient, Richard Pryor, and tonight's recipient, Eddie Murphy.”

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Ebony Magazine Releases Controversial Cover Featuring 'The Cosby Show' Cast


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Ebony magazine has caused controversy with it’s latest cover, which features the cast of ‘The Cosby Show’ and uses a 'shattered glass' effect, with Bill Cosby's image taking most of the impact. So far actors Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Raven-Symoné, who both starred in the sitcom, have spoken about their feelings over the cover and what they think the show's legacy should be in the wake of the Cosby allegations.

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Damon Wayans Reckons Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations Are A "Money Hustle"


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Damon Wayans has made a controversial intervention in the Bill Cosby scandal, coming out with a series of comments about the multiple allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby in the last year, dismissing them as a “money hustle”.

The 55 year old actor and stand-up comedian made the incendiary remarks during an interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Friday (September 4th). He began by saying that he didn’t believe that Cosby was a rapist, before claiming that “some of them, really, [are] un-rapeable”.

Furthermore, Wayans argued that the continued outrage against Cosby is mainly due to his race, citing the recent allegations against Stephen Collins and Woody Allen as evidence that white celebrities who are supposed to have committed the same offence and yet have not received similar backlashes.

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Raven-Symone ‘Fat Shamed’ On ‘The Cosby Show’, Aged Just 7-Years-Old


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Raven-Symoné Pearman has been on a television set since she was three years old. Sadly, her days in the spotlight were not always happy, as she revealed in a recent televised appearance. Whilst appearing on The View on Tuesday (28th July), Raven explained how she was fat shamed at the age of seven and told she was “getting fat”.

Raven SymoneRaven-Symone at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York in June 2015.

Read More: Raven-Symone Is Officially The View's New Co-Host.

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35 Of Bill Cosby's Accusers Appear On New York Magazine Cover


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So far more than 40 women have come forward and accused comedian and television star Bill Cosby of sexual assault in recent months. Now New York magazine is sharing the stories of 35 of the alleged victims who are also featured on the publication's cover.

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Bill Cosby: "I'm A Pretty Decent Reader Of People In These Romantic Sexual Things"


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The Bill Cosby saga continues as new details emerge about his philandering lifestyle, and how he reportedly paid women to keep their liaisons a secret from his wife. 

Bill Cosby outside The Late Show with David LettermanCosby offered women cash for silence

In a previously private deposition from 2005, recently obtained by The New York Times, the comedian is questioned over a four-day period in a Philadelphia hotel, where he defends himself over a lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who accused him of drugging and molesting her.

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Hollywood Walk Of Fame: Bill Cosby’s Star Will Not Be Removed Despite Pressure From Activists


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Bill Cosby’s star will not be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame despite protests from a coalition of African-American civil rights leaders. A star has never been removed from the Walk of Fame before and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce claim the Walk of Fame is part of the ‘historic fabric’ of Los Angeles.

Bill CosbyBill Cosby's star will remain on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Two More Women Make Accusations Against Bill Cosby Including A 'Cosby Show' Guest Star


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Two more women have come forward with accusations against Bill Cosby, including one actress who appeared as a guest star on his long running sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’. The women went public with their accusations on Friday, at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred in New York.

Bill CosbyArounnd 40 women have made accusations against Cosby.

Actress Lili Bernard appeared in an episode of the final season of 'The Cosby Show' in 1992 playing the ‘zany and pregnant’ Mrs Minifield. At the press conference Allred, who is representing many of Cosby’s alleged victims, accused Cosby of raping Bernard in New Jersey, a state that does not have a statute of limitations on rape, according to the Huffington Post.

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Cosby Heckled Yet Again Over Abuse Accusations


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Bill Cosby was heckled at his March 27 show in Maryland and the story is already making the rounds. Because this heckler had some pretty uncomfortable things to say to the fallen-from-grace comedian.

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After the accusations against him became front page news, Cosby returned to the stage this January.

After Cosby said, "I looked around and nobody in my brain spoke up" during the first 15 minutes of his set, Michael M. Cook spoke up, according to City Paper.

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Bill Cosby - *****File Photos*** Janice Dickinson comes forward with Cosby accusation Former model-turned-TV personality JANICE DICKINSON has become the fourth woman to accuse comedian BILL COSBY of sexual assault. In an exclusive new interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson details an alleged encounter with Cosby in 1982, when he offered to help her with a planned singing career after she left rehab. She recalls she was holidaying in Bali when Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing, so they could discuss her career and a possible role on his hit comedy The Cosby Show. The former catwalk star claims he offered her red wine and a pill when she complained of stomach pains over dinner. She recalls, "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man. Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs." Dickinson reveals she wrote about the assault in the first draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, but claims Cosby and his lawyers pressured publishers at HarperCollins to remove the details. She tells ET, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women... I didn't have counsel and I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labelled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place." Dickinson admits she has never confronted Cosby over the alleged incident, but she wouldn't hold back if she met him again today. She rages, "(I'd say) 'How dare you. Go f**k yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot'." The ex- - - Friday 5th September 2014

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Bill Cosby - *****File Photos*** Janice Dickinson comes forward with Cosby accusation Former model-turned-TV personality JANICE DICKINSON has become the fourth woman to accuse comedian BILL COSBY of sexual assault. In an exclusive new interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson details an alleged encounter with Cosby in 1982, when he offered to help her with a planned singing career after she left rehab. She recalls she was holidaying in Bali when Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing, so they could discuss her career and a possible role on his hit comedy The Cosby Show. The former catwalk star claims he offered her red wine and a pill when she complained of stomach pains over dinner. She recalls, "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man. Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs." Dickinson reveals she wrote about the assault in the first draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, but claims Cosby and his lawyers pressured publishers at HarperCollins to remove the details. She tells ET, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women... I didn't have counsel and I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labelled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place." Dickinson admits she has never confronted Cosby over the alleged incident, but she wouldn't hold back if she met him again today. She rages, "(I'd say) 'How dare you. Go f**k yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot'." The ex- - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 6th May 2014

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Bill Cosby - *****File Photos*** Janice Dickinson comes forward with Cosby accusation Former model-turned-TV personality JANICE DICKINSON has become the fourth woman to accuse comedian BILL COSBY of sexual assault. In an exclusive new interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson details an alleged encounter with Cosby in 1982, when he offered to help her with a planned singing career after she left rehab. She recalls she was holidaying in Bali when Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing, so they could discuss her career and a possible role on his hit comedy The Cosby Show. The former catwalk star claims he offered her red wine and a pill when she complained of stomach pains over dinner. She recalls, "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man. Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs." Dickinson reveals she wrote about the assault in the first draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, but claims Cosby and his lawyers pressured publishers at HarperCollins to remove the details. She tells ET, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women... I didn't have counsel and I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labelled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place." Dickinson admits she has never confronted Cosby over the alleged incident, but she wouldn't hold back if she met him again today. She rages, "(I'd say) 'How dare you. Go f**k yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot'." The ex- at Madison Square Garden - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 6th November 2013

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Bill Cosby - *****File Photos*** Janice Dickinson comes forward with Cosby accusation Former model-turned-TV personality JANICE DICKINSON has become the fourth woman to accuse comedian BILL COSBY of sexual assault. In an exclusive new interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson details an alleged encounter with Cosby in 1982, when he offered to help her with a planned singing career after she left rehab. She recalls she was holidaying in Bali when Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing, so they could discuss her career and a possible role on his hit comedy The Cosby Show. The former catwalk star claims he offered her red wine and a pill when she complained of stomach pains over dinner. She recalls, "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man. Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pyjamas off and there was semen in between my legs." Dickinson reveals she wrote about the assault in the first draft of her 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, but claims Cosby and his lawyers pressured publishers at HarperCollins to remove the details. She tells ET, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women... I didn't have counsel and I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labelled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place." Dickinson admits she has never confronted Cosby over the alleged incident, but she wouldn't hold back if she met him again today. She rages, "(I'd say) 'How dare you. Go f**k yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot'." The ex- at Hard Rock Live - Hollywood, Florida, United States - Sunday 12th May 2013

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Bill Cosby

Date of birth

12th July, 1937

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