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Bill Cosby

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby

Profession: Actor/Comedian

United States of America

Biography: Began his career as a stand up comedian before moving into television with "I Spy". Cosby performed in and produced children's TV shows such as "The Electric Company" before creating hugely successful "The Cosby Show" (1984-1992), significant for featuring an affluent African American family.

In 2014 Cosby became the subject of numerous allegations of sexual abuse, drug facilitated rape and other accusations of sexual misconduct dating back decades. In 2015 he was charged by police but the case ended in mistrial. A new trial found him guilty of sexual assault in 2018.

Born: July 12, 1937
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 84 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1964-01-25 Comedian and actor Bill Cosby marries Camille Olivia Hanks

Historical Events

  • 1970-05-16 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" by Bill Cosby hits #70
  • 1976-06-12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" single by Bill Cosby hits #46
  • 1986-03-13 12th People's Choice Awards: Sylvester Stallone & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby, Linda Evans win (TV)
  • 1987-03-14 13th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)
  • 1988-03-13 14th People's Choice Awards: Michael Douglas & Glenn Close win (Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Cybill Shepherd win (TV)
  • 1989-03-12 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)
  • 1990-03-11 16th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)
  • 1992-03-17 18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)
  • 1997-07-25 Autumn Jackson, found guilty of trying to extort $40M from Bill Cosby
  • 1997-12-12 Fed judge sentences Autumn Jackson, who claims to be Bill Cosby's daughter, to 26 months for trying to extort $40 million from him
  • 2014-12-02 Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations
  • 2015-07-23 Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby's petition against a civil case of his alleged sexual assault of 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974
  • 2016-05-24 Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown
  • 2017-06-17 Bill Cosby trial for aggravated indecent assault declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict
  • 2018-04-26 Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania
  • 2018-05-03 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski
  • 2018-09-25 Comedian Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in jail for 2004 sexual assault, first celebrity to be jailed in the #MeToo era
  • 2021-06-30 Pennsylvania Supreme overturns comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby in return for Cosby's testimony in a related civil suit; Cosby immediately released from prison
  • 2022-06-21 LA jury finds Bill Cosby liable for sexual assault of a 16 year-old in 1975 at the Playboy mansion, awards victim 500,000

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