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.
In an upcoming issue of New York magazine 35 of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims tell their story.
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.
Continue reading: 35 Of Bill Cosby's Accusers Appear On New York Magazine Cover
A previously unpublished transcript from 2005 reveals the tactics Bill Cosby used to pursue younger women.
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.
Cosby 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.
Bill Cosby and Donald Trump’s stars will remain on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, despite calls from African-American civil rights activists to have them removed.
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 Cosby's star will remain on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Instead of producing the desired effect, Cosby's statement only served to draw more ire towards him
Should we listen to what Bill Cosby has to say? Yes, according to Bill Cosby. The comedian, who was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and abuse, spoke at an Alabama high school as part of of a nonprofit foundation's campaign to improve education in the south-central part of the state. In a taped interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," Cosby was asked how he would respond if a young fan was to ask about the accusations.
Continue reading: Bill Cosby Speaks Out Against Allegations, But Is Anyone Convinced?
One of the women was a guest star on Cosby’s sitcom in 1992.
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.
Arounnd 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.
Live gigs will never be the same for Cosby.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Cosby Heckled Yet Again Over Abuse Accusations
The embattled comedian wrapped up his brief tour of Ontario, Canada amid heckles and protests.
For a third night in a row, crowds endured freezing temperatures to protest under-fire comedian Bill Cosby’s tour of Ontario, Canada. But on Friday night, the protests encroached on the auditorium and disrupted the show.
Bill Cosby's mini-tour of Ontario was disrupted on its third and final night
A small pocket of the audience at the show in Hamilton, the third and final stop on Cosby’s brief tour, is reported to have stood up and chanted “we believe the women”. Cosby remained calm and urged the audience not to react to the protestors, and they were shortly ushered out by security. The comedian’s supporters shouted in kind “we love you, Bill” and attempted to drown the hecklers out.
Continue reading: Bill Cosby Show Disrupted By Hecklers Once More
Hollywood better get its thick skin on this Sunday.
So, Bill Cosby jokes – too soon? Or are they getting old now? Well, as far as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are concerned, it’s neither, so the comedic duo will not hesitate to poke fun at the disgraced sitcom star. Not to worry though – this is feminist powerhouses Fey and Poehler here, so we’ll likely be spared the cringe-worthy rape jokes.
Is nothing sacred? Nope, not at the Golden Globes.
Meanwhile, get ready to hear a lot of Cliff Huxtable jokes or something. We’re sure the duo will find some way to make this terrible, horrible, depressing year of awfulness suck a little bit less.
Continue reading: Fey and Poehler Declare Open Season On Hollywood at 2015 Golden Globes
Divisive scenes in Kitchener, Ontario as Cosby makes his return to the stage following serious allegations.
Embattled comedian Bill Cosby made his stage comeback in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday night. While things went off without a hitch in the Centre in the Square theatre in Kitchener, scenes outside were rather more divisive.
Protestors had gathered outside the venue in sub-zero temperatures to shame ticket-holders as they made their way inside, on the grounds that the 77 year old entertainer is facing serious allegations of sexual assault from more than a dozen women.
Under-fire comedian and actor Bill Cosby made his return to the stage this week
Continue reading: Bill Cosby Returns To The Stage In Canada
Promoter ‘Innovation Arts and Entertainment’ says Cosby “has every intent to perform these events.”
Three scheduled performances by comedian Bill Cosby in Canada have been confirmed as going ahead, despite the recent allegations which have been made against the 77 year old.
Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform three shows in Canada next month
In a lengthly statement the Chicago based company said Cosby’s rep had informed them he had, “every intent to perform these events.”
Continue reading: Bill Cosby's Canadian Shows Will Go Ahead, Says Promoter
The interview barely addressed the actual issue of the accusations.
After all the outrage surrounding the Bill Cosby case, the former sitcom star has finally spoken out to the media and, more importantly, his wife. Here’s what Cosby had to say about the rape accusations to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Cosby failed to address the accusations head on and commented instead on the resillience of his wife.
"Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind," Cosby told the publication's Stacy Brown, who noted that he frequently writes for African-American publications.
Continue reading: Bill Cosby Sort Of Speaks Out On Accusations In First Interview
We've had plenty of Cosby-related jokes over the past week, but this one... well, see for yourself.
Roseanne Barr has a sick and twisted sense of humor – but that’s why her fans love her, right? The comedienne made more than a few people cringe with a couple of tweets recently. Bonus points – she referenced the highly publicized Bill Cosby case from the past couple of weeks. Posting a picture of her bloody, swollen face, Barr added the caption “Got in a tussle w Bill Cosby. U shoyld see that mfer.”
Roseanne Barr, under normal circumstances.
We can't actually show you the tweet, because, you know, she deleted it. But once you put something online, it's there forever, so you can see a screenshot over on New York Daily News. So was Roseanne's tweet bold and gutsy for challenging Cosby on the rape allegations, or just plain insensitive to actual victims of violence? Discuss.
Continue reading: Roseanne Barr's Bill Cosby Tweet: Did She Really Have To Go There?
A 90-year-old former NBC employee claims he assisted the sitcom legend pay thousands of dollars every month to eight different women during filming of 'The Cosy Show.'
In the midst of Bill Cosby's sexual assault allegations, a 90-year-old ex-employee of NBC has come forward and confirmed claims of the sitcom's adultery during the successful 1984-92 run of 'The Cosby Show.'
Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by at least a dozen women
Frank Scotti, who worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where 'Cosby Show' was filmed, recently revealed to the New York Daily News that he was responsible for paying more than eight women monthly sums for their silence. He even claimed some women were paid $2,000 at a time.
Continue reading: Ex-NBC Employee Claims Bill Cosby Paid Off Women
So, how does the internet feel about Che's commentary?
So last night’s Saturday Night Live was a heavy hitter. And not because of Cameron Diaz, who was a perfectly fine host, but because Michael Che used the Weekend Update segment to address... I can hear you groaning already... the Bill Cosby thing.
After all the attention directed at Cosby recently, SNL went there.
While Che, much like many others, isn’t really sure where he stands on the scandal (more about that here) his speech was pretty much the most honest piece of media to hit the internet over the past week. Here’s what Che had to say, in a nutshell:
“TV Land pulled all re-runs of 'The Cosby Show. I don't know how to feel about that because I don't know Bill Cosby, but Cliff Huxtable practically raised me. I love that dude!”
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