Stand-up comedian who became known for starring on his own sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992. He later created the comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
After flunking 10th grade, he worked as an apprentice at a local shoe repair shop and began performing stand up comedy at The Hungry I nightclub in San Francisco. While attending Temple University, he worked as a bartender at a Philadelphia club called The Cellar.
In 1965, he starred in I Spy, and a couple years later he won a Best Comedy Performance Grammy Award for his album To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.
He married Camille Hanks in 1964, and they had five children named Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis.
His wife on The Cosby Show was Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad.