Who is Bill Cosby?
William Henry Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. In 2018 he was convicted and imprisoned after he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Detailed Bill Cosby Biography
Cosby attended Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadephia, he was the class president and also the captain of both the baseball and track and field teams at school. He later joined Philadelphia’s Central High School. He later transferred to Germantown High School but later quit after he failed the tenth grade.
Cosby was enlisted in the Navy in 1956 serving as a hospital corpsman at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia; at Naval Station Argentia in Newfoundland, Canada; and at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. He worked in physical therapy with Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were injured during the Korean War.
In 1961 he was awarded a track and field scholarship to Temple University where he studied physical education and also played fullback on the college’s football team. He used to bartend at a Philadelphia club where he would use comedy to earn bigger tips.
Bill CosbyIn 1961 he left Temple to pursue a career in comedy. He dates in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. He got his break in 1963 after receiving exposure on NBC’s The Tonight Show. This lead to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. In 1964 the label released Cosby’s debut LP ‘ Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow…Right!’ which was the first of a series of comedy albums.
Cosby built his reputation with humorous recollections of his childhood. His topics lacked race as compared to most comics of the time who were using the growing freedom of that decade to explore material that was controversial and sometimes risqué. In 1983 he released the concert film ‘Bill Cosby: Himself’ which was regarded as “the greatest comedy concert film ever.”
Cosby also ventured in acting making his acting debut in 1965 in the ‘I Spy’ espionage adventure series on NBC. The series became the first weekly dramatic television series o feature an African-American in a starring role. It became one of the rating hits of NBC.
Bill Cosby Blinded For Life
According to Daily Mail, Cosby suffers from keratoconus, a condition that causes the thinning of the cornea. As the dome-shaped cornea thins, the eyes begin to bulge to a cone shape, leading to “blurring, ghosting, multiple images, starbursts and glaring.”
As the cornea becomes more irregular in shape, it causes progressive nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism to develop, creating additional problems with distorted and blurred vision. During the defamation lawsuit case, he was referred to as “legally and functionally” blind.
Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case
Cosby was accused of sexual assault by 50 women with the earliest incidents allegedly taking place in the mid-1960s. He was accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.
The sexual allegations became more public in October 2014 after a stand-up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress became viral, alluding to Cosby’s covert sexual misbehavior.
Cosby maintained his innocence against the allegations. Following the allegations, numerous organizations severed ties with the comedian and revoked honors and titles previously awarded to Cosby. Twenty-five colleges and universities rescinded honorary degrees.
Bill had been previously taken to court by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee in January 2004 who accused Bill of drugging and fondling her; however, in February 2005, Montgomery County’s District Attorney said that there would be no charges due to insufficient credible and admissible evidence.
In March 2005 Constand filed a civil claim, with thirteen women as potential witnesses if the case went to court. Cosby settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in November 2006.
On July 8, 2015, Constand and her attorney Dolores Troiani filed a motion to negate the confidentiality agreement in the 2005 case against Cosby, claiming that Cosby had already engaged in “total abandonment of the confidentiality portions of the agreement” by way of the recent, sweeping denials of all allegations against him. A judge ruled that releasing the sealed documents was justified by Cosby’s role as a “public moralist” in contrast to his possible criminal private behavior.
On December 30, 2015, Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Constand as a result of a single incident alleged to have occurred at his home in Cheltenham Township on an unspecified date between mid-January and mid-February 2004.
How Much Time Did Bill Cosby Get Sentenced
On September 25, 2018, Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago.
He was ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 plus the costs of prosecution as part of the sentence. The judge also ruled that he will be classified as a ‘sexually violent predator’, a determination that requires lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider and notification to the community that a “sexually violent predator” lives in the area.
What Prison Is Bill Cosby In
He was booked into Montgomery County Correctional Facility and was later transferred to SCI Phoenix, a state prison in Collegeville.
Bill Cosby Chicken Patty
According to Radar Online Bill Cosby told his wife by phone that he was pelted with a stale hotdog bun on his first day in prison. He also said that he fell down a flight of steps because he wasn’t being guided and was without his cane — which was apparently taken away by corrections officers over fears he might use it to harm himself.
An official from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections told TMZ that Cosby was not hit with a chicken patty as he wasn’t even mingling with other inmates yet.
Bill Cosby Cell Mate
According to TMZ Bill Cosby cellmate died in October 2018 due to dehydration as he wouldn’t “drink any fluids near that suspicious bill n**ga”
How Is Bill Cosby Doing in Prison?
There were reports that Bill Cosby was having a rough time in prison. In February 2019 his publicist said that he had adjusted to life in prison and he was becoming one of the institution’s favorite prisoners.
His publicist told TMZ that Cosby’s fellow prisoners and their visitors at SCI Phoenix agree that he was railroaded. They let him know they think it’s wrong he was locked up and blame a “corrupt” judge and district attorney for his conviction.
Bill Cosby Release Date
Bill Cosby earliest release date is September 25, 2021.
Bill Cosby Defamation Case
In December 2014 a defamation case against Bill Cosby was filed by seven women who had accused him of sexual assault. The women said Cosby had sexually assaulted them and wrongly called them liars when they went public with their charges years later.
In April 2019 the case was settled and Cosby’s lawyers said in a court document that “Each Plaintiff is satisfied with the settlement.”
The Plaintiffs were Louisa Moritz who was an actress and died in January 2019 at the age of 72. Barbara Bowman, who said she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress when she was assaulted in 1985; Tamara Green, who said she was a young model in the early 1970s when she was attacked; actress Angela Leslie, who said her attack took place in 1992; Therese Serignese, now a registered nurse who said she was 19 when she was attacked in 1976; Joan Tarshis, who said she was 19 at the time of her attack in 1969; and Linda Traitz, who said she was an 18-year-old waitress when she became a victim in 1969.
Bill Cosby Show
The Cosby Show” centers on the lives of the Huxtables: obstetrician Cliff and his lawyer wife Claire, their daughters Sondra, Denise, Vanessa and Rudy, and son Theo. Based on the stand-up comedy of Bill Cosby, the show focused on his observations of family life. Although based on comedy, the series also addresses some more serious topics, such as learning disabilities and teen pregnancy.
Bill Cosby Home
Cosby purchased his house in Elkins Park, PA, in 1983 according to county records. Cosby was placed under house arrest at this estate after he was found guilty and forced to wear a GPS ankle bracelet.
What is Bill Cosby Age?
He was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Who’re Bill Cosby Family Members?
Cosby is the son of William Henry Cosby Sr. and Anna Pearl. His mother is a maid and his father served as a mess steward in the U.S. Navy. He has three siblings, all brothers; Russell Cosby, Robert Cosby, and James Cosby.
Who’re Bill Cosby Children?
Cosby together with his wife has five children; Erika (born in 1965), Erinn (born in 1966), Ennis (1969–1997), Ensa (1973–2018), and Evin (born in 1976).
His son Ennis was murdered while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997. His daughter Ensa died of renal disease on February 23, 2018, while awaiting a kidney transplant.
Bill Cosby Son
Bill Cosby had only one son, Ennis, who was murdered in 1997 at the age of 27. He was shot to death during an attempted robbery on a Los Angeles freeway ramp as he tried to change a flat tire.
He was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1988 and was determined to help others with similar learning problems. At the time of his death, he was pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University.
Bill Cosby Daughters
- Erika Ranee
- Ensa Cosby
- Evin Harrah Cosby
- Erinn Chalene Cosby
Bill Cosby Grandchildren
The Cosbys have three grandchildren.
Who’s Bill Cosby Wife?
Cosby married Camille Olivia Hanks on January 25, 1964. She is an American television producer, author, philanthropist. The character of Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show was based on Camille.
What is Bill Cosby Net Worth 2020?
Bill has an estimated net worth of $400 million.
Bill Cosby Social Media Accounts
Bill Cosby Movies
- Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed (1968)
- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
- Aesop’s Fables (1971)
- Hickey & Boggs (1972)
- Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
- Let’s Do It Again (1975)
- Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
- A Piece of the Action (1977)
- California Suite (1978)
- The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
- Leonard Part 6 (1987)
- Bill Cosby: 49 (1987)
- Ghost Dad (1990)
- The Meteor Man (1993)
- Jack (1996)
- Baadasssss! (2003)
- Fat Albert (2004)
- Bill Cosby 77 (2014)
Bill Cosby TV Shows
- 2010–2012 – OBKB
- 1999–2004 – Little Bill
- 1998–2000 – Kids Say the Darndest Things
- 1996–2000 – Cosby
- 1994–1995 – The Cosby Mysteries
- 1994 – I Spy Returns
- 1992–1993 – You Bet Your Life
- 1987 – A Different World
- 1984–1992 – The Cosby Show
- 1978 – Top Secret
- 1977–1990 – Pinwheel
- 1976 – Cos
- 1974 – Journey Back to Oz
- 1972–1985 – Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
- 1972 – The New Bill Cosby Show
- 1972 – To All My Friends on Shore
- 1971–1973 – The Electric Company
- 1971 – Man and Boy
- 1969–1971 – The Bill Cosby Show
- 1969 – Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert
- 1965–1968 – I Spy