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BC: By: Tessa Cawley Period: 7, Mr. O'Connor

FC: Bill Cosby | Biography By Tessa Cawley

1: Bill Cosby was an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician, and activist..

2: Bill Cosby was born on July 12th, 1937, Philadelphia, PA. As he first took the stage as a stand-up comedian while at college. By his early twenties, he appeared in a number of television variety programs including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Johnny Carson show. Also, a very popular television show back in the 1960s, was I Spy with Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, it won three Emmys.

3: Cosby left high school without earing his diploma and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956. While enlisted, he passed a high school equivalency exam and after his discharge he recieved an athletic scholarship to temple University in Philadelphia in 1961.

4: Cosby's subsequent projects for television included the series of Bill Cosby Specials (1968–71), the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show (1969–71), and the successful cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–84, 1989). He appeared in numerous commercials and on children's shows such as Sesame Street and Electric Company; he also made several feature films, which enjoyed limited success.

5: Cosby was awarded a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984. In 1997 Cosby's son, Ennis, was shot and killed while changing a tire on a Los Angeles freeway.

6: The year his son died, his wife, Camille, founded the hello friend/Ennis William Cosby foundation in their son's memory to fund teacher's of students with learning disabilities. Cosby was outspoken about the need for African Americans to pursue higher education and to support their families.

7: Awards and Honors: -On October 27th, 2009 Cosby was presented with the 12th annual Mark Twain prize for American Humor. -He received Kennedy Center Honors Reward in 1998. -He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 for his contributions to television. -He won the 2003 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. -In 1969, he received his third "Man of the Year" award from Harvard University's performance group, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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