Bill Cosby is an American actor, musician, author, and stand-up comedian know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife , Children , Education and Biography
|Birthdate ( Age)||12 July 1937|
|Place of Birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Wife/Partner||Camille Cosby (M. 1964)|
|Children||Ennis Cosby, Ensa Cosby, Erika Ranee, Erinn Chalene Cosby, Evin Harrah Cosby|
|Profession||American actor, musician, author, and stand-up comedian|
|Net Worth||$400 Million|
Bill Cosby and Wife Camille Cosby
Bill Cosby is an American actor, musician, author, and stand-up comedian. Cosby started his career as a stand-up comedian and gradually moved to TV and movies. As a child, Cosby was more interested in comedy than studies. He dropped out of high school to join the ‘US Navy’. Soon, Cosby became aware of his ability to make people laugh.
He joined a nightclub as a stand-up comedian. His first acting assignment was the TV show ‘I Spy’. After the success of the show, she got several major TV roles. His show, The Bill Cosby Show, was one of the highest rated sitcoms in America for many years. He also acted in films. He has also released hip-hop albums. Cosby won many awards and honors during his exemplary career.
Early Life and Family
Bill Cosby was born as William Henry Cosby Jr. on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Henry Cosby Sr., was a mess steward in the ‘US Navy’ and his mother, Anna Pearl, worked as a maid. Cosby had three younger brothers. Being the eldest, Cosby took care of the needs of his siblings. One of his brothers, James, died at the age of 8.
Cosby attended several schools in his early years. He was the baseball captain at the ‘Mary Channing Wister Public School’ in Philadelphia. Later, he attended ‘Fitzsimmons Junior High School’ and ‘Central High School’. He was active in sports and drama in both the schools. While in school, Cosby was also interested in comedy. He was known as the “Class Joker”. He also took a part-time job to support his family. Cosby failed to pass the tenth grade at ‘Germantown High School’ and later dropped out.
In 1956, Cosby joined the ‘US Navy’ and served as the hospital’s corman for several years. While in the Navy, Cosby completed a correspondence course to earn a high-school equivalency diploma. In 1961, he received a track and field scholarship to attend ‘Temple University’. He left the US Navy to study university. At Temple University, Cosby played for the college football team.
Bill Cosby Wife
Cosby married TV producer Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964. They have five children. Cosby suffered a huge personal loss when his only son, Ennis, was murdered in 1997. His daughter Ensa died of renal disease in 2018. Cosby has three grandchildren. He has homes in Shelburne and Cheltenham.
Bill Cosby Net Worth
Bill Cosby is an American actor, musician, author, and stand-up comedian who has an estimated Net Worth of $400 Million in 2021.
While attending ‘Temple University’, Cosby worked as a bartender in a club. He soon realized that he had the ability to make people laugh. He left the university to pursue a career in comedy. Cosby began his career as a stand-up comedian at several clubs in Philadelphia. In 1961, Cosby joined ‘The Gaslight Cafe’ in New York City. Cosby became popular and started doing shows in several cities.In 1963, Cosby appeared on the ‘NBC’ show ‘The Tonight Show’. This show gave him a national exposure. Subsequently, he signed a contract with ‘Warner Bros. Records’ to release a comedy album.
In 1964, Cosby released his first comedy album, ‘Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow… Right!’ In 1968, he released the album ‘To Russell, My Brother, Who I Sleep With’. It took the number one spot on ‘. Spin’s list of ‘The 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time’. Cosby’s albums were noted for their humorous memories of their childhood days. However, he stayed away from topics related to racial discrimination.In 1965, Cosby secured his first TV role in the ‘NBC’ adventure series ‘I Spy’. Cosby played the role of ‘Scott’, an undercover detective. With this, Cosby became the first African-American actor to feature in the lead role. Thus, the producers were initially concerned about the acceptance of the show by the public. However, the show was successful and ran for three seasons. Cosby won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for three consecutive years.
In 1967, Cosby showcased his talent in music by releasing the musical comedy album ‘Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings’. In 1969, Cosby starred in the comedy series ‘The Bill Cosby Show’, which aired for two seasons on ‘NBC’. The show featured Cosby as Chet Kincaid, a physical education teacher at a school. It was a light-hearted comedy and was moderately successful. There were several African-American actors on the show. After the show went off the air, Cosby continued his formal education and began his undergraduate education at the ‘University of Massachusetts’.In 1972, Cosby created, produced and hosted the animation series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. It was based on Cosby’s experiences as a child, and every episode contained a lesson for the children. Cosby lent his voice to several characters, including the protagonist, ‘Fat Albert’. The show was highly popular among children. It ran successfully from 1972 to 1979. Later versions of the show appeared as ‘The New Fat Albert Show’ and ‘The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids’.
In the 1970s, Cosby and several other African-American actors produced a number of films in which black actors played the lead roles. These films portrayed African-American people as heroes, not victims. In 1974, Cosby and Sidney Poitier starred in the action-comedy film Uptown Saturday Night. This was followed by two more significant films in the series, ‘Let’s Do It Again’ and ‘A Piece of the Action’. In 1983, Cosby released the stand-up comedy ‘Bill Cosby: Himself’. It is considered one of the greatest live comedy films of all time.
In 1984, Cosby was back on TV with the ‘NBC’ sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’. It was the story of an upper middle class African-American family. Cosby was a co-producer on the show. The show became highly popular and ran successfully for eight seasons. The show featured Cosby as an obstetrician. The plot of the show was based on the life of Cosby.In 1996, Cosby started the ‘CBS’ sitcom ‘Cosby’. In it, Cosby played the role of a senior citizen who was desperate to find a new job. The show was aired from 1996 to 2000. In 1999, the animated TV series ‘Little Bill’ made its debut on ‘Nickelodeon’. It was based on the book series ‘Little Bill’ written by Cosby. In 2013, Cosby made his TV stand-up debut with the show ‘Bill Cosby: Far From Finished’. It was aired on ‘Comedy Central’.
In the mid-2010s, Cosby faced serious allegations of sexual misconduct. More than 50 women came forward with various charges against Cosby, including charges of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. Some of the incidents took place in the 1960s. Although Cosby vehemently denied the allegations, he later admitted to casual sex and the use of sedative pills. The trial was dismissed several times. However, in 2018, the court convicted Cosby on three counts of sexual assault. This was a huge setback for Cosby’s career. Channels such as ‘NBC’ canceled contracts with him. Several honorary degrees awarded to him were rescinded.