Bill Cosby,the renowned comedian, actor, writer and producer was born on the 12th of July,
1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as William Henry Cosby Junior. Bill Cosby is one of the top. names in the comedy business with plenty of awards to his credit . He also was first of his kind to initiate the breaking down of racial barriers on television . Cosby was the oldest of four boys and grew up in the German town neighborhood of Philadelphia.
The financial state of the family began to slip when Cosby’s father, William Cosby Senior became a heavy drunkard. When his father was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Cosby became the parental figure for his brothers and he suffered a great trauma at the age of eight when his youngest brother died. Anna, his mother worked as a maid cleaning houses and they ended up living in a low-income housing project home.
Striving through the hardships, during the middle school years he started working in supermarkets and even began shinning shoes to make the ends meet. But in spite of their sufferings and hardships, Cosby’s mother stressed the value and moral of good education and learning.
With his mother introducing him to the world of books, from a young age he had a way with humor and mastered the art of story telling. He realized it would be helpful and fruitful for his journey ahead and finally in acquiring what he wanted. He is married since 1964, and his wife is Camille and had four daughters and one son who was murdered in 1997 which was of great shock to the family.
Education: During the school years, Cosby was bright but unmotivated and had more interest in sports rather than academics. He was interested to tell stories and joke around with his classmates. The variety of radio programs he listened inspired him to start imitating comedians such as Jerry Lewis and he also displayed his talents in school plays.
Cosby was placed in a high school for gifted students After scoring high on an IQ test, he was
placed in high school but Cosby failed to apply himself and this resulted in him failing the tenth grade twice. The academic issues continued even though he switched to German town High School.
Later on, out of frustration, Cosby dropped out of high school and went on to work for several odd jobs before joining the U.S. Navy in 1956. During his service in the navy, he acquired his his high school equivalent Diploma and went to join the Temple university via scholarship.
It was during his studies in Temple university that he ended up doing a part time job as bartender in a nearby club where he also started performing as a house comedian. Half way through his college, he dropped out for the better prospects and to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up-
It was in 1963 that Cosby made his first appearance on television by getting feature on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, which in turn introduced him to the national audience .Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow … Right! was his first comedy album. For his performance in I Started Out as a Child in 1964 he bagged the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance. Then he went on to deliver hits after hits, winning another five Grammys. The Electric Company TV series and Fat Albert were the educational series he did for children.
One of the milestones in his career was established when he starred in 1965 espionage television series called I Spy. Soon after that, from 1968 to 1971 he hosted the hit sitcom the Bill Cosway Show which ran for two consecutive series. The Cosby Show established him as the comedian he is now and debuted in the year 1984 to positive reviews. It was acknowledged for it’s warm humor and ran for eight seasons. But Cosby, which was another sitcom that Bill started in 1996 after The Cosby Show, did not gain much appreciation.
Bill Cosby also enjoyed box-office success on the big screen with the 1974 comedy Uptown
Saturday Night. He continued to attract larger audiences, when he appeared in two more comedy hits named Let’s Do It Again and A Piece of the Action, in 1975 and 1977, respectively.
Bill Cosby Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $430 Million US Dollars
The American musician, actor, comedian, education and television producer has an estimated net worth of $430 million US dollars as of 2017. He was a popular spokes person in advertising in the 1960’s featuring in ads for White Owl Cigars and later on endorsed Jell-O
pudding and gelatin, Coca-Cola (including New Coke), Texas Instruments, E. F. Hutton & Co.,
Kodak, and the 1990 United States Census. He won the President’s Award for Contributions to Advertising from the Advertising Hall of Fame IN 2011.
His legacy and fortune began to collapse after 2014 when there were allegations of sexual assault on him. The CCA had cut ties with him in the light of the rape allegations.
Bill Cosby Assets
Bill Cosby owns multiple luxurious cars, the most prolific among them being AC Shelby Cobra. He also owns multiple mansions and properties including a mansion in Pacific Palisades worth Millions.
The sexual assault charges contributed greatly to the damage of the public image of Cosby. 2015 A warrant was issued for Cosby’s arrest for the alleged drugging and sexual assault on December 30, 2015. Fifty women came out in accusing him for sexually exploiting and drugging them, even though Cosby repeatedly denied these allegations and filed defamation lawsuits against these accusers. A judge in Pennsylvania ruled on May 24, 2016 that there was enough evidence for the sexual assault case and decided to proceed with a criminal trial and it is expected to begin by June
of the this year.
The allegations surrounding Cosby had a drastic effect on his reputation and has reflected as a drop in his ratings. In March 2013, Cosby had a 76.3 rating on the Davie-Brown Index -a rating of roughly around 3500 personalities published by Omnicom Group company, which placed him as the third most-trusted celebrity. This was removed following the allegations. Even his Presidential Medal was revoked by Obama following these accusations. But the talent the man possess is beyond comparison and will remain unmatched and unequaled. He will forever remain one of the finest comedians the American screen produced.