Bill Cosby was born as William Henry Cosby Jr. on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bill is married to the former Camille Hanks. Cosby is known to be an actor, writer, comedian, producer, director, and composer. For nearly four decades, the comedian has starred in and produced Emmy Award-winning TV programs, won Grammy awards for his comedy recordings and written best-selling books. He's made millions of dollars and won over just as many fans in the process.
The Philadelphia native started out as a stand-up comic in the early 1960s. It was during his nightclub circuit period that he made the transition from standup comic to actor. In 1965, he became the first African American to star in a weekly dramatic TV series, I Spy. This co-starring role was instrumental in breaking the racial barriers in television. During the series' run, Bill earned three Emmy awards for best actor. The actor also went on to The Bill Cosby Show, the first of several sitcoms to incorporate its popular star's name. He also became involved in children's programming, including Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, the animated Saturday-morning show based on his stand-up routines.
Bill received his bachelor's degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He later attended the University of Massachusetts, receiving his master's degree in 1972, and his doctorate in education in 1977. Besides his involvement with a host of charity organizations, he remains an active trustee of Temple University.
Cosby struck gold with the launch of The Cosby Show in 1984. Praised for its family values, the program was the nation's top-rated series and a hit with viewers of all ethnic backgrounds. Cosby put race and economic issues on the back burner so people could see a black family dealing with all the things black people deal with the same as all other people. In 1984 and 1985, Bill was awarded the 42nd and 43rd Annual Golden Globe Award as the Best Act