- Full Name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
- Born: 07/12/1937
- Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Occupation: Musician/ Activist/ Author/ Actor
- Martial Status: Married
Bill Cosby New Worth History
Bill Cosby dropped out of college to start his career as a stand-up comedian. He started his acting career in the I Spy espionage series from 1965 to 1968. This was the first time a black actor starred in a dramatic role. In 1963 Cosby made an appearance on The Tonight Show and soon after landed a recording contract for his first comedy album, Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow.. Right! In 1964 he appeared in the comedy, I Started Out as a Child which won him a Grammy Award for best comedy performance. The 60’s had Cosby creating album after album which won him five Grammys.
Cosby has had a long history of success which included; The Bill Cosby Show for two seasons, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, box office hits Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again and A Piece of the Action and more. His longest running show was, The Cosby Show which ran for five years. He also received other awards as a bestselling author and was recognized for the concerts he performed around the country for social contributions. Cosby’s current net worth has him the second richest black actor in the world.
About Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was born the oldest of four boys in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood in 1937. Their family ran into financial problems when Bill Cosby Sr. started to drink heavily and then left the family to join the U.S. Navy. The family ended up living in the Richard Allen Homes which was a low-income housing project. When Cosby was eight years old he lost his brother James who died.
Cosby began to shine shoes as way of earning money to help support his family when he was nine years old. He learned at an early age that humor was a way to get what he wanted. He was good in school but was not motivated so he dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy and later college to become a stand-up comedian.
In the Navy, Cosby served as a medical aide on ships and also joined the track team. He received his high school equivalency diploma in the Navy, and went on to Temple University where he had earned a track scholarship. While in college he earned an income as a bartender in a coffee house where he told jokes. Discovering he had a talent for this he decided to leave college and pursue telling jokes as a career.
Cosby married Camille in 1964 and suffered a great personal loss when their son, Ennis was killed in 1997. He had been shot while changing a tire along the side of a California highway. At the same time Cosby became embroiled in a paternity suit filed by Autumn Jackson claiming he was her father and demanding $40 million. She was later arrested and sentenced to 26 months in jail. These personal difficulties had Cosby take on a new profession as children’s book author.