Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Highest Rated: 100% 4 Little Girls (1997)

Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)

Birthday: Jul 12, 1937

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

African-American entertainer Bill Cosby, in his own words, "started out as a child," the son of an eight-dollars-a-day maid and an absentee father. A product of grinding poverty, Cosby escaped his rundown Philadelphia neighborhood by dropping out of high school and joining the navy. He earned his diploma via correspondence course, then earned a football scholarship to Temple University. Working nights as a bartender, Cosby discovered he had the ability to make people laugh, so he temporarily shelved his plans to become an athletics teacher and set out to become a nightclub comedian. Most black comics of the era used the race issue in their act; this didn't quite work for Cosby, but relating humorous reminiscences about himself and his childhood buddies worked beautifully. After numerous TV guest shots and several top-selling, Grammy Award-winning record albums, Cosby was signed by producer Sheldon Leonard to co-star with Robert Culp in a weekly TV espionage series, I Spy. This was an era of acute racial tension; many NBC executives were wary about a black leading man, and quite a few Southern affiliates threatened not to run the show, but Leonard, a street scrapper from way back, refused to back down. I Spy was a hit, earning Cosby an Emmy. As the series progressed, the camaraderie between Cosby and Culp deepened, and by the end of the series, Culp was talking and ad-libbing in the same low-key, offbeat cadence that Cosby had adopted for his club appearances! After I Spy, Cosby signed a sweetheart deal with NBC, which guaranteed him a two-year run on his next program, whether the ratings were good or not. The Bill Cosby Show cast the star as high school coach Chet Kincaid, and was unusual for the time in that it was a sitcom minus a laughtrack. At times it was a sitcom minus laughs as well, but NBC had made its promise, and Cosby did his best. In the '70s he teamed with actor/director Sidney Poitier to make a trio of popular crime/comedy features: Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, and A Piece of the Action. Viewers who think of Cosby in terms of one success after another have forgotten such failed 1970s TV projects as The New Bill Cosby Show and Cos. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there was The Cosby Show, the eight-season wonder that single-handedly rescued the sitcom format from oblivion in 1984 and enabled the woebegone NBC network to crack the Number One slot in the ratings week after week. And there were guest spots on the award-winning children's show The Electric Company and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1969-84) a superlative Saturday morning cartoon show supervised by Cosby that managed to be what is now called "prosocial" without losing any of the fun. He has also been the long-time commercial spokesman for Jell-O. In the fall of 1996 Cosby returned to prime time TV with yet another The Cosby Show sitcom, again set in New York City and co-starring Phylicia Rashad. Although The Cosby Show became made him arguably the most famous person in the country, he could not capitalize that rush of fame into a film career choosing to make a series of box office bombs including Leonard Part 6 and Ghost Dad. He created yet another TV show, The Cosby Mysteries, and shepherded a successful animated chilsdren's series, Little Bill, to screens in 2001. He appeared in the big-screen version of Fat Albert in 2004.


Highest Rated Movies



98% Keep On Keepin' On Actor $0.2M 2014
No Score Yet Stand Up Planet Comedy Showcase Actor 2014
No Score Yet Bill Cosby: Far From Finished Actor 2013
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty Actor 2010
No Score Yet A Table in Heaven Actor 2007
No Score Yet Biography Actor 2006
23% Fat Albert Screenwriter Executive Producer Himself $48M 2004
87% Lightning in a Bottle Actor $78.5K 2004
63% Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling Actor 2004
No Score Yet Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Director Actor 2004
No Score Yet Steve Gadd - American Drummers Achievement Awards Actor 2004
No Score Yet Quincy Jones: In the Pocket Actor 2002
77% Comedian Actor $2.7M 2002
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 Actor 2001
42% Men of Honor Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Actor 2000
67% Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey 2000
100% 4 Little Girls Actor 1997
No Score Yet 50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong Actor 1997
18% Jack Lawrence Woodruff 1996
No Score Yet I Spy Returns Alexander Scott 1994
No Score Yet The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney Narrator 1994
29% The Meteor Man Marvin 1993
6% Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper 1990
No Score Yet John Wilson: Animation Wonderland Actor 1990
9% Leonard Part 6 Producer Leonard Parker Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Bill Cosby: 49 Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Tortoise and the Hare Actor 1986
No Score Yet In Remembrance of Martin Actor 1986
83% Bill Cosby: Himself Director 1982
No Score Yet Fat Albert Easter Special Executive Producer Bill/Fat Albert/Mushmouth/Leroy Mudfoot/The Brown Hornet 1982
No Score Yet The Devil & Max Devlin Actor 1981
No Score Yet Hungry i Reunion Actor 1981
18% The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin 1981
No Score Yet Loose Shoes Actor Producer 1980
54% California Suite Dr. Willis Panama - Visitors from Chicago 1978
No Score Yet Top Secret Aaron Strickland 1978
No Score Yet Fat Albert Halloween Special Bill/Fat Albert/Mushmouth/Leroy Mudfoot/The Brown Hornet Executive Producer 1977
No Score Yet A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson 1977
No Score Yet Fat Albert Christmas Special Bill/Fat Albert/Mushmouth/Leroy Mudfoot/The Brown Hornet Executive Producer 1977
47% Mother, Jugs and Speed Mother 1976
63% Let's Do It Again Billy Foster 1975
75% Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin 1974
No Score Yet To All My Friends on Shore Blue Producer Screenwriter Executive Producer 1972
No Score Yet Man and Boy Producer Executive Producer Caleb Revers 1971
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company Actor 1971
No Score Yet Aesop's Fables Actor 1971
No Score Yet Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed Host 1968
No Score Yet Chocolate Princess and Other Children's Stories Actor
No Score Yet Fun Learning: Chocolate Princess and Other Children's Stories Actor


No Score Yet Colbert Report
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
Guest 2010
31% The Jay Leno Show
Guest 2010
No Score Yet Meet the Press
Guest 2009
No Score Yet Dr. Phil
Guest 2005
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
Appearing 2005
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Phil 1999
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Screenwriter Cliff Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable Executive Producer Creator 1992
No Score Yet A Different World
Cliff Huxtable Dr. Cliff Huxtable 1987
No Score Yet Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Executive Producer Host Voice 1985
No Score Yet Sesame Street
Voice 1971
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1971
No Score Yet Fatherhood
Executive Producer
17% Here and Now
Executive Producer


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