Bill Cosby Timeline
William Henry Cosby’s date of birth is 12 July 1937. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents are Anna and William Henry Cosby Sr. He went to Mary Channing Wister Elementary School. He participated in sports and acting during his schooling. However, he did not pass his tenth grade and continued working in the supermarket as a shoe shiner.
Later, he joined as an apprentice in a shoe repair shop and then got in to navy and served in the Marine Corps base in Quantico in Virginia, Naval Station in Argentina and also at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland.
Meanwhile he finished his diploma through correspondence. In the year 1961, he won the track and field scholarship and studied physical education at the Temple University. He made his first appearance as a standup comedian in 1962 in the Gaslight Café.
Between 1965 and 1968, Cosby was the first among the African American to be casted in the weekly TV series known as ‘I Spy’. He was the winner of 3 Emmy Awards, which he won for his role as an undercover CIA agent.
Between 1969 and 1984, he was starred in the TV series such as “The Bill Cosby Show”, “The New Bill Cosby Show” and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”. Between 1985 and 1987, “The Cosby Show” was the winner of the Golden Globe awards. Cosby was awarded with Spingarn Medal for his outstanding achievement by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His book, Fatherhood, hit the stands and was the best selling book. In the year 1967, he was the winner of Grammy Award for his role in Those of You With and Without Children and You Will Understand.
Between 1992 and 1998, he was in the Television Hall of Fame. In 1997, he received a doctorate from Pennsylvania University. He won the Kennedy Center Homes award in 1998.
In the year 2002, he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is a civilian award. He was awarded with an honorary doctorate in the year 2002 from Haverford College. In the year 2003, he was given an honorary doctorate by Baylor University. In 2004, he was given an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music. In 2005, he was one in the top 50 comedians in the poll conducted by the British.
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