- NAME: Bill Cosby
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Producer
- BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1937 (Age: 75)
- EDUCATION: Temple University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
- AKA: Bill Cosby
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor and producer, who has played a major role in the development of more positive portrayal of African-Americans on television.
While filming the television series "Cosby," Bill Cosby received the tragic news that his son had been shot and killed.
Using his natural innocence and appeal, Bill Cosby became synonymous with the popular and fun treat, Jell-O.
After his iconic career had run its course, Bill Cosby took up more serious causes as he addressed issues in the African-American community.
Bill Cosby is best known for his time transforming television history as Heathcliff Huxtable on the hit television series "The Cosby Show."
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In recent years, Cosby has been giving concerts around the country. He has received numerous accolades for his work and social contributions, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2003 and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009.
In 2012, Cosby made news headlines when he became a victim of a celebrity death hoax that quickly escalated over the internet; A Facebook page entitled "R.I.P. Bill Cosby" surfaced, panicking Cosby fans worldwide. Cosby posted on his Twitter page soon after he heard about the hoax, letting fans know that he was alive and well. "I've never met anyone who didn't like this one!" he wrote next to a photo of himself from The Cosby Show, wearing one of his signature vibrant sweaters.
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