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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author who was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has three brothers and was raised by his mother Anna Pearl and his father William Henry Cosby Sr. Cosby attended Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadelphia where he was captain of both the baseball and track and field teams. Cosby enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and served as a hospital corpsman at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, the Naval Station Argentia in Newfoundland, Canada, and the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. Cosby was awarded a scholarship for track and field at Temple University in 1961 where he ran track and played football. After graduating, Cosby worked as a bartender at a Philadelphia club where he discovered he had a knack for making people laugh. He began pursuing a career in comedy and performed stand-up at clubs in Philadelphia and New York City. He went on to appear in the 1965 series "I Spy" and the film "Fat Albert". He eventually landed his own comedy sitcom called "The Bill Cosby Show". Cosby married Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964, and had five children. In 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and raping several women and was sentenced to three to ten years in prison.

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Last Modified : Aug 9 2019