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Bill Cosby is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Sound American born on 12 july 1937 at Philadelphia (USA)

Bill Cosby

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Birth name William Henry Cosby, Junior
Nationality USA
Birth 12 july 1937 (83 years) at Philadelphia (USA)
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Daytime Emmy Award

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Cosby's start in stand-up comedy began at the hungry i in San Francisco, followed by landing a starring role in the 1960s television show I Spy. During its first two seasons, he was also a regular on the children's television series The Electric Company.

Using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby starred in a number of films, occasionally returning to film later in his career. After attending Temple University in the 1960s, he received his bachelor's degree there in 1971. In 1973 he received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and in 1976 he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.

Beginning in the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in a television sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. Cosby produced the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993; starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.

Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations since about 2000. As of October 23, 2015, Cosby has been accused by at least 57 women of either rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery and/or sexual misconduct, with the earliest alleged incidents taking place in the mid-1960s. He has denied the allegations and has never been criminally charged. Most of the acts alleged by his accusers fall outside the statutes of limitations for legal proceedings. As of October 6, 2015, six related lawsuits against Cosby are pending.


Cosby married Camille Olivia Hanks on January 25, 1964. Together, they have had five children, Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis. Their only son, Ennis, was murdered on January 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. The Cosbys have three grandchildren.

Cosby is a Protestant. He maintains homes in Shelburne, Massachusetts, and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

Cosby has hosted the Los Angeles Playboy Jazz Festival since 1979. Known as a jazz drummer, he can also be seen playing bass guitar with Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis, Jr. on Hugh Hefner's 1970s talk show. His story, "The Regular Way", was featured in Playboy‍ '​s December 1968 issue. Cosby has become an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America. Cosby became involved with the foundation in 2004. For several years, he has been a featured host for its annual benefit, A Great Night in Harlem, at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Cosby has stated, many times in his stand up shows, that "kids these days don't know what the jazz is all about".

Cosby is an alumnus supporter of his alma mater, Temple University, particularly its men's basketball team, whose games Cosby frequently attends. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity; he was initiated in the fraternity's Beta Alpha Alpha graduate chapter in White Plains, New York, in 1988.

Shawn Upshaw paternity lawsuit
In July 1997, Cosby testified that he made private payments to Shawn Upshaw, a woman who had briefly been his lover in Las Vegas during the early 1970s. Upshaw later told Cosby that he was the father of her daughter, Autumn Jackson. Cosby denies being the father and said that he gave Upshaw a total of about $100,000 because he did not want her to publicly reveal the affair. Twenty-two-year-old Autumn Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in jail for trying to extort US$40 million from Cosby. In the trial and subsequent appeal, the courts held that Jackson's belief that she was Cosby's child—even if sincere—was irrelevant to the question of her guilt. The courts stated that the mere fact that she was Cosby's child would not have entitled her to the $40 million she demanded, and therefore the demand was extortionate, whether or not she believed herself to be Cosby's daughter. Although both Jackson and Cosby stated at various times that they were willing to undergo DNA testing to determine Jackson's paternity, the two sides never reached an agreement as to when and how to perform the test. After Jackson's conviction, Cosby provided a blood sample for testing, but Jackson refused to participate until after her sentencing.

Best films

Jack (1996)
California Suite (1978)

Usually with

Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2 films)
Gloria Foster
Gloria Foster
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bill Cosby (30 films)

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Flunked (2008)
, 46minutes
Origin USA
Themes Films about education
Actors Bill Cosby, Joe Mantegna
Rating68% 3.4055253.4055253.4055253.4055253.405525
Flunked looks at the fact that there has been a decline in our education system: Results of national and international educational aptitude tests show that the average American student is unable to compete academically. Success rates have fallen, and remediation and dropout rates are skyrocketing. In short, public education has problems and this film attempts to focus on some success in the education system.
The Pact
The Pact (2006)
, 1h24
Directed by Andrea Kalin
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about education, Documentary films about health care
Actors Bill Cosby
Roles Himself
Rating76% 3.8399853.8399853.8399853.8399853.839985
500 Years Later, 1h48
Directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Genres Documentary
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about racism, Documentary films about racism, Documentary films about law, Documentary films about historical events, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors Bill Cosby, M. K. Asante, Nelson George
Rating67% 3.380863.380863.380863.380863.38086
The film visits five continents, and over twenty countries while charting the legacy of slavery and identifies a direct, or indirect link to crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectations, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment to African people globally.
Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling, 1h15
Origin USA
Themes Sports films, Documentary films about sports, Professional wrestling documentary films, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Cyndi Lauper, Bill Cosby, Betty White
Roles Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating68% 3.432843.432843.432843.432843.43284
The documentary tells its story by focusing on the careers of six women—The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem, Ida Mae Martinez, Ella Waldek and Penny Banner. It begins by describing the beginning of wrestling in the 1930s. By the 1940s, American men had to leave the country to fight in World War II, leaving females to take over the sport. At first, women's wrestling was seen as a side-show, and it was banned in several states. The film mostly focuses on these years—the 1940s—along with the 1950s and 1960s, better known as the "heyday of women's wrestling", when the sport became more accepted and popular. The six women are interviewed and tell their stories of why they entered wrestling. They also share tales of being exploited financially, unruly fans, and being physically abused. The film splices in archival footage of their matches, television clips, and footage from a 1951 movie entitled Racket Girls in between interviews. The film also covers their post-wrestling occupations: lion-tamer, detective, nurse, and yodeler. The film ends with footage from the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion, where they meet to swap stories.
Fat Albert
Fat Albert (2004)
, 1h33
Directed by Joel Zwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt, Shedrack Anderson III, Dania Ramírez, Keith Robinson, Omarion
Roles Himself
Rating43% 2.154382.154382.154382.154382.15438
The film opens with an animated sequence featuring Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) performing the original series' theme song "Gonna Have a Good Time".
Jack (1996)
, 1h53
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Vieillesse
Actors Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Brian Kerwin
Roles Lawrence Woodruff
Rating58% 2.903722.903722.903722.903722.90372
The movie begins with Karen Powell (Diane Lane) going into labor during a costume party and being rushed to the hospital by her husband Brian (Brian Kerwin) and their friends. Although the delivery is successful, the baby is premature, born after only ten weeks of pregnancy, and is diagnosed with an exaggerated form of Werner syndrome (an aging disease) as stated by Dr. Benfante (Allan Rich) and Dr. Lin (Keone Young). According to them, as this very rare autosomal recessive disorder progresses, Jack Powell will age at a rate four times as fast as normal children due to his internal clock that seems to be developing faster.
The Meteor Man, 1h40
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Superhero films
Actors Marla Gibbs, Robert Townsend, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones, Eddie Griffin, Roy Fegan
Roles Marvin
Rating52% 2.6012452.6012452.6012452.6012452.601245
Jefferson Reed (Robert Townsend) is a mild mannered school teacher in Washington D.C. His neighborhood is terrorized by a local gang called The Golden Lords led by Simon Caine (Roy Fegan) and allied with drug lord Anthony Byers (Frank Gorshin). One night, Jeff steps in to rescue a woman from the gang only to end up running from them himself. Hiding in a garbage dumpster, he manages to escape. As he climbs out, he is struck down by a glowing green meteorite. His spine is crushed and he receives severe burns. A small fragment of the meteor was left over and taken by a mute vagrant named Marvin (Bill Cosby). Reed awakens several days later in the hospital, but when his bandages are taken off, he is miraculously healed of all injuries.
Malcolm X
Malcolm X (1992)
, 3h13
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Assassinat, Politique, Films about racism, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Islam
Actors Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee
Rating76% 3.848713.848713.848713.848713.84871
Malcolm X divides the life of the African-American activist Malcolm X into three sections. The first section deals with the troubled childhood of Malcolm Little, whose father, a preacher, was murdered by the Black Legion and whose mother was institutionalized for insanity. Malcolm grows up and gets a job as a Pullman porter, calling himself Detroit Red. Getting involved with a Harlem gangster named West Indian Archie with whom he has a falling out, Malcolm flees to Boston and decides to become a burglar. He and his best friend, Shorty (played by Spike Lee) are arrested by the police and Malcolm is sentenced to a ten-year prison term. The second section follows Malcolm's life in prison, where a fellow inmate, Baines, introduces him to the teachings of the Nation of Islam.
Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad (1990)
, 1h23
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Ghost films
Actors Bill Cosby, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen, Kimberly Russell, Christine Ebersole, Barry Corbin
Roles Elliot Hopper
Rating44% 2.2087652.2087652.2087652.2087652.208765
Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is a workaholic widower who is about to land the deal of a lifetime at work, which he hopes will win him a promotion and a company car. After he forgets his daughter Diane's birthday, he attempts to make it up to her by promising her she can have his car when he secures the deal at work on the coming Thursday. After being persuaded to give the car to his daughter early, Elliot must hail a taxi from work, which is driven by Satanist Curtis Burch (Raynor Scheine), who drives erratically and speeds out of control. Attempting to get the taxi stopped, Elliot announces that he is Satan and commands him to stop the taxi. Shocked to see his "Evil Master", Burch drives off a bridge and into the river.
Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad (1990)
, 1h25
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Ghost films
Actors Bill Cosby, Ian Bannen, Kimberly Russell, Denise Nicholas, Christine Ebersole, Barry Corbin
Roles Elliot Hopper
Rating44% 2.2087652.2087652.2087652.2087652.208765
Obsédé par sa carrière professionnelle, Elliot Hopper est très peu présent à la maison pour s'occuper de ses trois enfants au point même qu'Amanda, sa petite dernière, ne connaît sa voix que par le répondeur téléphonique. Chaque fois qu'ils expriment des désirs ou des besoins, Elliot remet au lendemain. Tout bascule lorsqu'Elliot meurt dans accident de taxi conduit par un chauffeur imprudent. Pensant s'en être sorti indemne, Elliot finit par se rendre compte qu'il est devenu un fantôme. Le ciel lui a accordé un délai de trois jours pour régler ses affaires et s'occuper de sa famille. Il revient donc auprès de Diane, Danny et Amanda. Ils sont les seuls à percevoir leur défunt père.
Leonard Part 6, 1h25
Directed by Paul Weiland
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Tom Courtenay, Joe Don Baker, Moses Gunn, Gloria Foster, Victoria Rowell, Bill Cosby
Roles Leonard Parker
Rating22% 1.105341.105341.105341.105341.10534
Bill Cosby plays Leonard Parker, a former CIA spy. According to the opening sequence of the movie, the title refers to the idea that this film is actually the sixth installment of a series of films featuring the adventures of Leonard, as parts one through five were locked up in the interests of world security.