Bill Cosby Biography

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Bill Cosby

William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr was born July 12, 1937 and is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show. He was one of the major characters on the children's television series The Electric Company for its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby has also acted in a number of films.

Early life

Bill Cosby was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is one of four sons born to Anna Pearl and William Henry Cosby, Sr. As a student, he described himself as a class clown. At Fitz Simmons Junior High, Cosby began acting in plays as well as continuing his devotion to playing sports. He went on to Central High School, an academically challenging magnet school, but his full schedule of playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track made it hard for him. In addition, Cosby was working before and after school, selling produce, shining shoes, and stocking shelves at a supermarket to help out the family. He transferred to Germantown High School, but he failed the tenth grade. He then left school and got a job as an apprentice at a shoe repair shop, which he liked, but could not see himself doing the rest of his life. Shortly he joined the Navy, serving the Marine Corps. While in the navy Bill Cosby then realized how important education was and eventually finish up his equivalency diploma.

Stand up career
Fter Bill Cosby left the Navy He started lining stand up gigs at clubs in Philadelphia and soon was off to New York City, where he appeared at The Gaslight Cafe starting in 1962. He lined up dates in Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., and...
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