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William Henry Cosby
Cosby
Jr. (/ˈkɒzbi/; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. His start in stand-up comedy began at the hungry i in San Francisco. He then landed a starring role in the 1960s television show I Spy, followed by his own sitcom, The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show, which ran for two seasons from 1969-1971. Using the Fat Albert
Fat Albert
character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby
Cosby
created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert
Fat Albert
and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby
Cosby
starred in a number of films, and he occasionally returned to film later in his career. He attended Temple University in the 1960s and received his bachelor's degree there in 1971. In 1973, he received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and in 1976, he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert
Fat Albert
and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools. Beginning in the 1980s, Cosby
Cosby
produced and starred in a television sitcom, The Cosby
Cosby
Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989.[1] The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American
African-American
family. Cosby
Cosby
produced the Cosby
Cosby
Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993, starred in The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, starred in the sitcom Cosby
Cosby
from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000. Numerous sexual assault allegations, the earliest of which date back decades, have been made against Cosby; these allegations did not become highly publicized until 2014. More than 60 women have accused him of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Standup career 3 Acting career

3.1 I Spy 3.2 Fat Albert, The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show, and the 1970s 3.3 The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
and the 1980s 3.4 1990s and 2000s 3.5 2010s

4 Sexual assault allegations 5 Political views 6 Personal life

6.1 Autumn Jackson extortion trial

7 Awards and honors

7.1 Emmys 7.2 Grammys 7.3 Honorary degrees

7.3.1 Rescinded honorary degrees

8 Works

8.1 Discography

8.1.1 Comedy albums 8.1.2 Music albums 8.1.3 Compilations 8.1.4 Singles

8.2 Filmography

8.2.1 Television 8.2.2 Film

8.3 Books

9 See also 10 References

10.1 Sources

11 Further reading 12 External links

Early life

Cosby
Cosby
as a basketball player in 1957

External audio

From Philly Projects to America’s Dad, 17:30, Newsworks, WHYY[2]

Bill Cosby: the man and the trial, 49:44, Radio Times, WHYY[3]

Cosby
Cosby
was born on July 12, 1937[4] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5] He is one of four sons of Anna Pearl (née Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby
Cosby
Sr., who served as a mess steward in the U.S. Navy.[5][6] During much of Cosby's early childhood, his father was away from home in Navy service and especially during WWII. As a student, he described himself as a class clown. Cosby
Cosby
was the captain of both the baseball team and the track and field team at Mary Channing Wister Public School in Philadelphia, as well as the class president.[7][better source needed] Early on, though, teachers noted his propensity for clowning around rather than studying.[8] At FitzSimons Junior High School, Cosby
Cosby
began acting in plays as well as continuing to play sports.[9] Cosby
Cosby
went on to Philadelphia's Central High School, a magnet and academically rigorous college prep school, where he played football, basketball, and baseball and ran track.[9][10] In addition, Cosby
Cosby
was working before and after school, selling produce, shining shoes, and stocking shelves at a supermarket to help support his family.[9] He transferred to Germantown High School, but failed the tenth grade.[11] Instead of repeating, he got a job as an apprentice at a shoe repair shop, which he liked, but could not see himself doing the rest of his life.[9] In 1956,[12] Cosby
Cosby
enlisted in the Navy and served at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.[13] During his four years in the Navy, Cosby
Cosby
served as a Hospital Corpsman
Hospital Corpsman
working in physical therapy with Navy and Marine Corps personnel injured during the Korean War.[13] He earned his high school equivalency diploma via correspondence courses[14] and was awarded a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961.[15] At Temple, he studied physical education while he ran track and played fullback on the college's football team.[citation needed] As Cosby
Cosby
progressed through his undergraduate studies, he continued to hone his talent for humor, joking with fellow enlistees in the service and then with college friends. When he began bartending at a Philadelphia
Philadelphia
club to earn money, he became more aware of his ability to make people laugh. After entertaining his customers with humor and seeing his tips increase, he proceeded to take his talent to the stage.[16] Standup career Cosby
Cosby
left Temple to pursue a career in comedy. He lined up standup jobs at clubs in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
and then in New York City, where he appeared at The Gaslight Cafe beginning in 1961.[9] He booked dates in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1963, he received national exposure on NBC's The Tonight Show. This led to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, who, in 1964, released his debut LP Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right!, the first of a series of comedy albums.[17] His album To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With was number 1 on Spin Magazines list of "The 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time", calling it "stand-up comedy's masterpiece".[18] While many comics of the time were using the growing freedom of that decade to explore material that was controversial and sometimes risqué, Cosby
Cosby
was making his reputation with humorous recollections of his childhood. Many Americans wondered about the absence of race as a topic in Cosby's stories. As Cosby's success grew he had to defend his choice of material regularly; as he argued, "A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, 'Yeah, that's the way I see it too.' Okay. He's white. I'm Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike. Right? So I figure this way I'm doing as much for good race relations as the next guy."[19] In 1983, he released the concert film Bill Cosby: Himself; it is widely regarded as "the greatest comedy concert film ever".[20] Younger, well-established comics like Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
have credited Cosby
Cosby
as an innovator both as a practitioner of the genre of standup comedy, as well as a person who paved the way for comics to break into sitcom television. Seinfeld said of Cosby: "He opened a door for all of us, for all of the networks to even consider that this was a way to create a character, was to take someone who can hold an audience just by being up there and telling their story. He created that. He created the whole idea of taking a quote-unquote 'comic' and developing a TV show just from a persona that you see on stage."[21] Comedian Larry Wilmore also saw a connection between Bill Cosby: Himself and the later success of The Cosby
Cosby
Show, saying: "It's clear that the concert is the template for The Cosby
Cosby
Show."[21] Cosby
Cosby
performed his first TV standup special in 30 years, "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished", on Comedy Central on November 23, 2013.[22] Cosby's last show of the "Far From Finished" tour was performed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
on May 2, 2015.[23] In 2014, Cosby
Cosby
was set to release his new standup special Bill Cosby 77 on Netflix.[24] The release of the film was canceled due to allegations of sexual assault.[25] Acting career I Spy In 1965, Cosby
Cosby
was cast alongside Robert Culp
Robert Culp
in the I Spy espionage adventure series on NBC. I Spy became the first weekly dramatic television series to feature an African-American
African-American
in a starring role.[26] At first, Cosby
Cosby
and NBC
NBC
executives were concerned that some affiliates might be unwilling to carry the series. At the beginning of the 1965 season, four stations declined the show; they were in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.[27] Viewers were taken with the show's exotic locales and the authentic chemistry between the stars, and it became one of the ratings hits of that television season. I Spy finished among the twenty most-watched shows that year, and Cosby would be honored with three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[28] When accepting his third Emmy for the show, Cosby
Cosby
told the audience: "Let the message be known to bigots and racists that they don’t count!"[28] During the series run, Cosby
Cosby
continued to do standup comedy performances and recorded a half dozen record albums for Warner Bros. Records. He also began to dabble in singing, recording Silver Throat: Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings in 1967. In June 1968, Billboard reported that Cosby
Cosby
had turned down a five-year, US$3.5 million contract renewal offer and would leave the label in August that year to record for his own record label.[29] In July 1968, Cosby
Cosby
narrated "Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed", a CBS
CBS
documentary addressing the representation of blacks in popular culture.[30] Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
wrote the Emmy awarded script[31] for Bill Cosby
Cosby
to read.[32] Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson
said it was one of "the rare exceptions when Cosby
Cosby
took off the gloves and blinders, to discuss race in public with candor and discernment."[33] Due to its popularity and controversial nature, it was rebroadcast less than a month later.[34] Tetragrammaton Records was a division of the Campbell, Silver, Cosby (CSC) Corporation, the Los Angeles-based production company founded by Cosby, his manager Roy Silver, and filmmaker Bruce Post Campbell. It produced films as well as records, including Cosby's television specials, the Fat Albert
Fat Albert
cartoon special and series and several motion pictures. CSC hired Artie Mogull as President of the label and Tetragrammaton was fairly active during 1968–69 (its most successful signing was British heavy rock band Deep Purple) but it quickly went into the red and ceased trading during 1970.[35] Fat Albert, The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show, and the 1970s

Cosby
Cosby
in 1969

Cosby
Cosby
pursued a variety of additional television projects and appeared as a regular guest host on The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
and as the star of an annual special for NBC. In 1969, he returned with another series, The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show, a situation comedy that ran for two seasons. Cosby played a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school. While only a modest critical success, the show was a ratings hit, finishing eleventh in its first season. Cosby
Cosby
was lauded for using African-American
African-American
performers such as Lillian Randolph, Moms Mabley, and Rex Ingram as characters. According to commentary on the Season 1 DVDs for the show, Cosby
Cosby
was at odds with NBC
NBC
over his refusal to include a laugh track in the show (he felt that viewers had the ability to find humor for themselves when watching a TV show).[citation needed] After The Bill Cosby Show
The Bill Cosby Show
left the air, Cosby
Cosby
resumed his formal education. He began graduate work at the University of Massachusetts. For the PBS
PBS
series The Electric Company, Cosby
Cosby
recorded several segments teaching reading skills to young children.[citation needed] In 1972, Cosby
Cosby
received an MA from the University of Massachusetts and was also back in prime time with a variety series, The New Bill Cosby Show. However the show lasted only a season. More successful was a Saturday morning show, Fat Albert
Fat Albert
and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids, hosted by Cosby and based on his own childhood. That series ran from 1972 to 1979, and as The New Fat Albert
Fat Albert
Show in 1979, and The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids'. In 1984 Cosby
Cosby
wrote the dissertation: "An Integration of the Visual Media Via ' Fat Albert
Fat Albert
And The Cosby Kids'into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning". This was as partial fulfillment for his 1976 doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts.[9][36] Subsequently, Temple University
Temple University
would grant him his bachelor's degree on the basis of "life experience."[37] Also during the 1970s Cosby
Cosby
and other African-American
African-American
actors, including Sidney Poitier, joined forces to make some successful comedy films to counter the violent "blaxploitation" films of the era, such as, "Uptown Saturday Night" in 1974, "Let's Do It Again" in 1975, and in 1976, "Mother, Jugs & Speed", co-starring Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
and Harvey Keitel. About this last film a Rotten Tomatoes reviewer wrote, "Bill Cosby
Cosby
steals the film outright with his hilarious performance as "Mother", the streetwise seen-it-all EMT." In (1976), Cosby
Cosby
was also in "A Piece of the Action"(film) with Poitier; and "California Suite" (film), a compilation of four Neil Simon plays. Cos(1976). In addition he produced an hour-long variety show featuring puppets, sketches, and musical numbers. It was during this season that ABC decided to take advantage of this phase of Cosby's career, by joining with Filmation
Filmation
producers of "Fat Albert" to create live-action segments starring Cosby, for the 1964/1971 animated film "Journey Back to Oz"; it subsequently aired in syndication. Cosby was also a regular on children's public television programs starting in the 1970s, hosting the "Picture Pages" segments that lasted into the early 1980s. The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
and the 1980s

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
awarded in 1977[38]

Main articles: The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
and Bill Cosby
Cosby
in advertising Cosby's greatest television success came in September 1984 with the debut of The Cosby
Cosby
Show. Cosby
Cosby
is an advocate for humor that is family oriented. While working on The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
he held creative control, co-produced the series and involved himself in every aspect of production. Plots were often based on ideas that Cosby
Cosby
suggested while in meetings with the writing staff.[39] The show had parallels to Cosby's actual family life: like the characters Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Cosby
Cosby
and his wife Camille were college educated and financially successful, and they had five children. On the show, Cosby played the role of an obstetrician. Much of the material from the pilot and first season of The Cosby
Cosby
Show was taken from his video Bill Cosby: Himself,[citation needed] released in 1983. The series was an immediate success, debuting near the top of the ratings and staying there for most of its long run.[citation needed] In 1987, Cosby
Cosby
attempted to return to film with the spy spoof Leonard Part 6. Although Cosby
Cosby
himself was producer and wrote the story, he realized during production that the film was not going to be what he wanted and publicly denounced it, warning audiences to stay away.[40] In the 1980s Crosby served as an advisor to the Los Angeles Student Film Institute.[41][42] 1990s and 2000s

Cosby, a production assistant, and Ginna Marston
Ginna Marston
of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids review the script for a 1990 public service spot at Cosby's studio in Astoria, Queens.

After The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
went off the air in 1992, Cosby
Cosby
embarked on a number of other projects, including a revival of the classic Groucho Marx game show You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
(1992–93) along with the TV-movie I Spy Returns (1994) and The Cosby Mysteries (1994). In the mid-1990s, he appeared as a detective in black-and-white film noir-themed commercials for Turner Classic Movies. He made appearances in three more films: Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad
(1990), The Meteor Man (1993), and Jack (1996). In addition, he was interviewed in Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls
4 Little Girls
(1997), a documentary about the 1963 racist bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama.[citation needed] Also in 1996, he started up a new show for CBS, Cosby, again co-starring Phylicia Rashād, his onscreen wife on The Cosby
Cosby
Show. Cosby
Cosby
co-produced the show for Carsey-Werner Productions. It centered on Cosby
Cosby
as Hilton Lucas, an iconoclastic senior citizen who tries to find a new job after being downsized and, in the meantime, gets on his wife's nerves. Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
co-starred as Rashād's goofy business partner Pauline. Cosby
Cosby
was hired by CBS
CBS
to be the official spokesman of the WWJ-TV
WWJ-TV
during an advertising campaign from 1995 to 1998. Cosby hosted a CBS
CBS
special, Kids Say the Darndest Things on February 6, 1995, which was followed after as a full season show, with Cosby
Cosby
as host, from January 9, 1998, to June 23, 2000.[43] After four seasons, Cosby
Cosby
was canceled. Its last episode aired April 28, 2000. Kids Say the Darndest Things was terminated the same year. A series for preschoolers, Little Bill, made its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999. The network renewed the popular program in November 2000. In 2001, Cosby's agenda included the publication of a new book, as well as delivering the commencement addresses at Morris Brown College,[44] Ohio State University,[45] and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.[46] Also that year, he signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop a live-action feature film centering on the popular Fat Albert character from his 1970's cartoon series. Fat Albert
Fat Albert
was released in theaters in December 2004. In May 2007, he spoke at the commencement of High Point University.[47] In the summer of 2009, Cosby
Cosby
hosted a comedy gala at Montreal's Just for Laughs, which is the largest comedy festival in the world.[48] 2010s Cosby
Cosby
received the National Football Foundation's Gold Medal in 2010[49] A new NBC
NBC
show, that was scheduled for summer or autumn 2015, created by Mike O'Malley
Mike O'Malley
and Mike Sikowitz and to have been produced by The Cosby
Cosby
Show's Tom Werner, was set to feature Cosby
Cosby
as Jonathan Franklin, the patriarch of a multi-generational family.[50] On November 19, 2014, NBC
NBC
scrapped Cosby's new show after accusations resurfaced that he sexually assaulted women.[51] Reruns of The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
have been canceled as a result of the sexual assault allegations against Cosby. On November 19, 2014, TV Land
TV Land
and NBC
NBC
both ended their relationships with Cosby: TV Land
TV Land
announced that it was pulling reruns from its schedule and also removing clips of the show from its Web site.[52][53] In December 2014, the Magic Johnson-owned Aspire removed the series from its lineup.[54] In July 2015, broadcast network Bounce TV
Bounce TV
pulled reruns, and BET's Centric (another Viacom
Viacom
unit) stopped airing reruns.[55] In late 2014, Creative Artists Agency, Cosby's agency since 2012, dropped him as a client.[56] Sexual assault allegations Main article: Bill Cosby
Cosby
sexual assault allegations

Demonstrators protesting against Bill Cosby
Cosby
in Kitchener, Canada

Cosby
Cosby
has been the subject of highly publicized sexual assault allegations, dating from the mid-1960s, and Cosby
Cosby
has been accused by more than 50 women of either rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and/or sexual misconduct. Earlier sexual assault allegations against Cosby
Cosby
became more public after an October 2014 accusation as part of an onstage performance by comedian Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress
drew attention, and many additional claims were made after that date. The dates of the alleged incidents span from 1965 to 2008 across 10 U.S. states and one Canadian province.[57][58][59] Cosby
Cosby
has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. In a November 2014 response to a question about the allegations, Cosby
Cosby
said: "I don't talk about it."[60] Cosby
Cosby
has declined to publicly discuss the accusations in past interviews.[61] However, he told Florida Today, "people shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos".[61] In May 2015, he said, "I have been in this business 52 years and I've never seen anything like this. Reality is a situation and I can't speak."[62] Most of the alleged acts fall outside the statutes of limitations for criminal legal proceedings, but numerous civil lawsuits have been brought against Cosby. As of November 2015, eight related civil lawsuits are active against Cosby, including two that also target Cosby's lawyer and one that also implicates his wife and manager Camille Cosby.[63][64] In a December 11, 2015 interview, high-profile attorney Gloria Allred—who is representing 33 alleged victims—said that there are more alleged victims who have contacted her and that some of those who had contacted her would be coming forward.[65][66] In July 2015, court records from Andrea Constand's 2005 civil lawsuit against Cosby
Cosby
were unsealed and released to the public. In his testimony, Cosby
Cosby
admitted that he engaged in casual sex with a series of young women; he also testified that the encounters involved use of the sedative Quaaludes. Cosby
Cosby
also admitted that his use of drugs in the 1970s was illegal.[67] In the wake of these allegations, numerous organizations have severed ties with the comedian, and previously awarded honors and titles have been revoked. Reruns of The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
and other shows featuring Cosby have also been pulled from syndication by many organizations. More than a dozen colleges and universities have rescinded his honorary degrees.[68] In an attempt to explain the backlash against Cosby, Adweek reporter Jason Lynch noted that the "media landscape has changed considerably—and has now been joined by the far-less-forgiving social media arena."[69] On December 30, 2015, Cosby
Cosby
was charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and a warrant for his arrest was issued.[70] Cosby reported to court and was arraigned on three charges of felony aggravated indecent assault. On May 24, 2016, a Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
judge ruled that there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial.[71] Cosby
Cosby
remained free on $1 million bail until his trial.[72] Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years; if Cosby
Cosby
is convicted, the sentences could be served either concurrently or consecutively as determined by the sentencing judge.[73] Cosby
Cosby
went to trial at age 79 on June 5, 2017.[74] The case ended in a mistrial on June 17, when the jurors were deadlocked.[75] On June 23, 2017, a juror from the trial told CNN that a major cause for the deadlock was confusion over contradictory statements made by Andrea Constand when she testified during the trial and that the prosecution presented "no real new evidence."[76] Cosby
Cosby
was originally scheduled to be re-tried on the alleged sexual assault charges against Constand on November 6, 2017.[77] However, Judge Stephen O'Neil, who presided over the first trial, later granted Cosby's request to postpone the re-trial until at least sometime in the Spring of 2018 after the comedian hired a new defense team.[78] No date has been set for the second trial and Judge O'Neil acknowledged to Cosby's new defense team that his proposal to hold the second trial in mid-March or early April was "loosely fixed."[78] Political views

Cosby
Cosby
at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2006

Main article: Pound Cake speech Cosby
Cosby
received an award at the celebration of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education
Brown v. Board of Education
ruling—a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that outlawed racial segregation in schools. A little later in May 2004, he made public remarks that were critical of African Americans who put higher priorities on sports, fashion, and "acting hard" than on education, self-respect, and self-improvement. He pleaded for African-American
African-American
families to educate their children on the many different aspects of American culture.[79][80] In the "Pound Cake" speech, Cosby
Cosby
asked that African-American
African-American
parents teach their children better morals at a younger age. As reported in The Washington Times, Cosby
Cosby
"told reporters during a special session of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 34th annual legislative conference" that "Parenting needs to come to the forefront. If you need help and you don't know how to parent, we want to be able to reach out and touch you."[81] Richard Leiby of The Washington Post reported, "Bill Cosby
Cosby
was anything but politically correct in his remarks Monday night at a Constitution Hall bash commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision."[82] Cosby
Cosby
again came under sharp criticism and was again largely unapologetic for his stance when he made similar remarks during a speech at a July 1 meeting commemorating the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. During that speech, he admonished apathetic blacks for not assisting or concerning themselves with the individuals who are involved with crime or have counterproductive aspirations. He further described those who needed attention as blacks who "had forgotten the sacrifices of those in the Civil Rights Movement."[83] In 2005, Georgetown University
Georgetown University
sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson wrote a book, Is Bill Cosby
Cosby
Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?[84] In the book, Dyson wrote that Cosby
Cosby
was overlooking larger social factors that reinforce poverty and associated crime; factors such as deteriorating schools, stagnating wages, dramatic shifts in the economy, offshoring and downsizing, chronic underemployment, and job and capital flight.[85] Dyson suggested that Cosby's comments "betray classist, elitist viewpoints rooted in generational warfare."[84] Cornel West
Cornel West
defended Cosby
Cosby
and his remarks, saying, "he's speaking out of great compassion and trying to get folk to get on the right track, 'cause we've got some brothers and sisters who are not doing the right things, just like in times in our own lives, we don't do the right thing... He is trying to speak honestly and freely and lovingly, and I think that's a very positive thing."[86] In a 2008 interview, Cosby
Cosby
mentioned Atlanta; Chicago; Detroit; Oakland, California; Philadelphia; and Springfield, Massachusetts among the cities where crime was high and young African-American
African-American
men were being murdered and jailed in disproportionate numbers. Cosby stood his ground against criticism and affirmed that African-American parents were continuing to fail to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior.[87] Cosby
Cosby
has also been vocally critical of conservative Republican politicians in regard to their views on socioeconomic and racial issues. In a 2013 CNN interview regarding voting rights, Cosby
Cosby
stated "this Republican Party is not the Republican Party of 1863, of Abraham Lincoln, abolitionists and slavery, is not good. I think it's important for us to look at the underlying part of it. What is the value of it? Is it that some people are angry because my people no longer want to work for free?"[88] Personal life Cosby
Cosby
married Camille Olivia Hanks on January 25, 1964. Together, they had five children, Erika (born 1965), Erinn (born 1966), Ennis (1969–1997), Ensa (1973–2018), and Evin (born 1976). Their only son, Ennis, was murdered on January 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. Cosby's daughter Ensa died of renal disease on February 23, 2018, while awaiting a kidney transplant.[89] The Cosbys have three grandchildren.[5][90] Cosby
Cosby
is a Protestant.[91] He maintains homes in Shelburne, Massachusetts, and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.[92] Cosby
Cosby
hosted the Los Angeles Playboy Jazz Festival
Playboy Jazz Festival
from 1979 to 2012 ( George Lopez
George Lopez
has hosted the event since then). Known as a jazz drummer, he can also be seen playing bass guitar with Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
and Sammy Davis, Jr. on Hugh Hefner's 1970s talk show. His story, "The Regular Way", was featured in Playboy's December 1968 issue.[93] Cosby has become an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America.[94] Cosby
Cosby
became involved with the foundation in 2004. For several years, he has been a featured host for its annual benefit, A Great Night in Harlem, at the Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
in New York City.[95][96] Cosby
Cosby
has stated many times in his stand-up shows that "kids these days don't know what the jazz is all about". Cosby
Cosby
and his wife have collected over 300 works of African American art since 1967. The works went on display in "Conversations", an exhibit at the National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
in 2014.[97] The show became controversial for mounting as sexual assault allegations against Cosby
Cosby
became prominent.[98] Cosby
Cosby
is a supporter of his alma mater, Temple University, particularly its men's basketball team, whose games Cosby
Cosby
frequently attended prior to his arrest. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity; he was initiated in the fraternity's Beta Alpha Alpha graduate chapter in White Plains, New York, in 1988.[99] In 2016, Cosby's attorneys reported that the comedian is now legally blind.[100] In an April 2017 interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (an interview he only agreed to do as long as the NNPA portrayed him in a positive light), both Cosby
Cosby
and a former publicist of his confirmed this, noting he lost his sight at some point in 2015.[101][102] Autumn Jackson extortion trial During Autumn Jackson's extortion trial in July 1997, Cosby
Cosby
testified that he made private payments to Shawn Upshaw, a woman who had briefly been his lover in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
during the early 1970s. Upshaw later told Cosby
Cosby
that he was the father of her daughter, Autumn Jackson. Cosby denies being the father and said that he gave Upshaw a total of about $100,000 because he did not want her to publicly reveal the affair.[103] The then 22-year-old Autumn Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in jail for trying to extort US$40 million from Cosby. In the trial and subsequent appeal, the courts held that Jackson's belief that she was Cosby's child—even if sincere—was irrelevant to the question of her guilt. The courts stated that the mere fact that she was Cosby's child would not have entitled her to the $40 million she demanded, and therefore the demand was extortionate, whether or not she believed herself to be Cosby's daughter.[104] Although both Jackson and Cosby
Cosby
stated at various times that they were willing to undergo DNA testing to determine Jackson's paternity, the two sides never reached an agreement as to when and how to perform the test. After Jackson's conviction, Cosby
Cosby
provided a blood sample for testing, but Jackson refused to participate.[105][106] Awards and honors

1998: Received the Kennedy Center Honor.[107] 2002: The scholar Molefi Kete Asante
Molefi Kete Asante
included him in his book The 100 Greatest African Americans.[108] 2005: In a British poll broadcast on Channel 4
Channel 4
to find the Comedian's Comedian, he was voted among the top-50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.[109] 2009: Presented with the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.[110][111] 2010: Received the Lone Sailor Award by the United States Navy Memorial.[112]

Emmys Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series – Primetime Emmys 1966 I Spy – Alexander Scott 1967 I Spy – Alexander Scott 1968 I Spy – Alexander Scott

Outstanding Variety Or Musical Program – Primetime Emmys 1969 The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Special Grammys Best Comedy Performance – Grammy Awards 1965 I Started Out as a Child 1966 Why Is There Air? 1967 Wonderfulness 1968 Revenge 1969 To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With 1970 Sports 1987 Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand

Best Recording for Children – Grammy Awards 1971 The Electric Company
The Electric Company
– Cast member 1972 Bill Cosby
Cosby
Talks to Kids About Drugs Honorary degrees Cosby
Cosby
has been awarded at least 57 honorary degrees since 1985 (many have been revoked; see next section):

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, May 8, 1998.[113] Honorary Doctorate from Colgate University, May 22, 1999; he was also the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony.[114] Honorary Doctorate from Amherst College, May 1999. (Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa) Honorary Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2001[46] Honorary Degree from the University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
in 2001.[citation needed] Honorary Doctorate from Paine College
Paine College
in 2003.[115] Honorary Degree in 2003 from Sisseton Wahpeton College for his contributions to minority education.[citation needed] Honorary Doctorate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
during the 2003 graduation ceremony.[citation needed] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Yale University, May 26, 2003.[116] Honorary Doctor of Music
Doctor of Music
degree from Berklee College of Music, May 8, 2004.[117] Cosby
Cosby
was also the host of the school's 60th Anniversary Concert in January 2006.[118] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
in 2004. [119] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Carnegie Mellon University, May 20, 2007; he was also the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony.[120] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, December 5, 2008.[121]

Rescinded honorary degrees Following numerous allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby, a number of his honorary degrees were rescinded or revoked. They include, in order of rescission[122]:

Honorary Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
from Brown University; awarded May 1985, rescinded September 2015[123] Honorary Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Laws
from Lehigh University; awarded May 1987, rescinded February 2016[124] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Missouri-Columbia; awarded 1990, rescinded June 2017[125][126][127] Honorary Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; awarded 1992, rescinded November 2015[128] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Swarthmore College; awarded 1995, rescinded December 2015[129][130] Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut; awarded May 18, 1996 (also served as commencement speaker)[131][132], rescinded June 2016[133] Honorary Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Arts
from Tufts University; awarded 2000, rescinded October 2015[134] Honorary Doctorate from Goucher College; awarded 2001, rescinded October 2015[135] Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Fordham University; awarded 2001, rescinded September 2015[136][137] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Haverford College; awarded May 2002[138], rescinded February 2016[139] Honorary Doctorate from Drew University; awarded May 2002[140], rescinded October 2015[141] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Baylor University; awarded September 4, 2003, at the "Spirit Rally" for the Baylor and Central Texas communities[142], rescinded October 2015[143] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wilkes University; awarded May 2004, rescinded October 2015[144] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Oberlin College; awarded May 1, 2010[145], rescinded December 2015[146] Honorary Chief Petty Officer (Hospital Corpsman) in the United States Navy[147], awarded 2011, revoked December 4, 2014[148][149] Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from The University of San Francisco; awarded May 18, 2012, rescinded September 2015[150] Honorary Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
from Marquette University; awarded May 19, 2013, rescinded September 2015[151][152] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Boston University; awarded May 18, 2014, rescinded December 2015[153] Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Missouri-Columbia; awarded 1990, rescinded June 2017[125][126][127] Honorary Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Laws
from the University of Pennsylvania; awarded 1990[154] ( Cosby
Cosby
also served as the commencement speaker in May 1997[155]), rescinded February 1, 2018[156]

Works Discography

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Comedy albums

Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right! (1963) I Started Out as a Child (1964) Why Is There Air? (1965) Wonderfulness (1966) Revenge (1967) To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1968) 200 M.P.H. (1968) 8:15 12:15 (1969) It's True! It's True!
It's True! It's True!
(1969) Sports (1969) Live: Madison Square Garden Center (1970) When I Was a Kid (1971) For Adults Only (1971) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Talks to Kids About Drugs (1971) Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1972) Fat Albert
Fat Albert
(1973) My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do? (1977) Bill's Best Friend
Bill's Best Friend
(1978) Bill Cosby: Himself (1982) Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
(1986) Oh, Baby! (1991) Far from Finished (TV broadcast on November 23, 2013, Blu-ray, DVD, CD, and digital distribution on November 26, 2013)[157]

Music albums

Silver Throat: Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings (1967) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! (1968) Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band (1971) Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert – As master of ceremonies (Columbia, 1972) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band (1972) At Last Bill Cosby
Cosby
Really Sings (1974) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is Not Himself These Days (1976) Disco Bill
Disco Bill
(1977) Where You Lay Your Head (1990) My Appreciation (1991) Hello Friend: To Ennis, With Love (1997) Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby
Cosby
– The Original Jam Sessions 1969 (2004) Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby
Cosby
– The New Mixes Vol. 1 (2004) State of Emergency (2009) Keep Standing (2010)

Compilations

The Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1969) More of the Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1970) Bill (1973) Down Under (1975) Cosby
Cosby
and the Kids (1986) At His Best (1994) 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(2001) The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Collection (2004) Icon (2011)

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions

US US R&B

1967 "Little Ol' Man (Uptight—Everything's Alright)" 4 18

1970 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" 70 —

1976 "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself" — 59

"Yes, Yes, Yes" 46 11

Filmography Television

Year Title Role Notes

1965–1968 I Spy Alexander Scott Main role (82 episodes)

1969 Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert Bill / Fat Albert
Fat Albert
/ Dumb Donald
Dumb Donald
(voice) Movie; also writer

1969–1971 The Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show Chet Kincaid Lead role (52 episodes); also executive producer

1971 Man and Boy Caleb Revers Movie

1971–1973 The Electric Company Hank 260 episodes

1972 The New Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show Himself/host

1972–1985 Fat Albert
Fat Albert
and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids "Fat" Albert Jackson (voice) / Himself/host Main role (34 episodes); also creator

1972 To All My Friends on Shore Blue Movie

1974 Journey Back to Oz The Wizard of Oz TV version

1976 Cos Host Series

1977–1990 Pinwheel Himself Host of the Picture Pages
Picture Pages
segment

1978 Top Secret Aaron Strickland Movie

1984–1992 The Cosby
Cosby
Show Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable Main role (197 episodes); also creator and theme music composer

1987 A Different World Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable 3 episodes; also creator and theme music composer

1992–1993 You Bet Your Life Himself/host Game show; also theme music composer

1994–1995 The Cosby
Cosby
Mysteries Guy Hanks Lead role (18 episodes)

1994 I Spy Returns Alexander Scott Movie

1996–2000 Cosby Hilton Lucas Main role (95 episodes); also exec. producer and theme music composer

1998–2000 Kids Say the Darndest Things Himself/host

1999–2004 Little Bill Captain Brainstorm (voice) Also exec. producer, writer and theme music composer

2010–2012 OBKB Himself 33 episodes; also executive producer

Film

Year Title Role Notes

1968 Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed Self Documentary

1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Patron at Nightclub Uncredited[citation needed]

1971 Aesop's Fables Aesop

1972 Hickey & Boggs Al Hickey

1974 Uptown Saturday Night Wardell Franklin

1975 Let's Do It Again Billy Foster

1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Mother

1977 A Piece of the Action Dave Anderson

1978 California Suite Dr. Willis Panama

1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Barney Satin

1987 Leonard Part 6 Leonard Parker Also producer and writer

1987 Bill Cosby: 49 Himself Live
Live
comedy concert film released on VHS

1990 Ghost Dad Elliot Hopper

1993 The Meteor Man Marvin

1996 Jack Lawrence Woodruff

2003 Baadasssss! Himself

2004 Fat Albert Himself Also executive producer and writer

2014 Bill Cosby
Cosby
77 Himself Release cancelled

Books

Cosby, Bill (1986). Fatherhood. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-23410-8. OCLC 15686687.  Cosby, Bill (1987). Time Flies. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-24040-6. OCLC 16081611.  Cosby, Bill (1989). Love and Marriage. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-24664-4. OCLC 18984758.  Cosby, Bill (1991). Childhood. New York: Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-13647-4. OCLC 23650310.  Cosby, Bill (1998). Kids Say the Darndest Things. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-11043-2. OCLC 39498709.  Cosby, Bill (1999). Congratulations! Now What?: A Book for Graduates. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6572-7. OCLC 40979923.  Allen, Dwight William; Cosby, Bill (2000). American Schools: The $100 Billion Challenge. New York: IPublish.com. ISBN 978-0-7595-5000-1. OCLC 48915448.  Cosby, Bill; Booth, George (2001). Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-0-7868-6810-0. OCLC 46359836.  Cosby, Bill (2003). I Am What I Ate ... and I'm Frightened!!!: And Other Digressions from the Doctor of Comedy. New York: HarperEntertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-054573-4. OCLC 52387894.  Cosby, Bill; Cosby, Erika (2003). Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables. New York: Harper Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-06-009147-7. OCLC 52206847.  Cosby, Bill; Poussaint, Alvin F. (2007). Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-092-7. OCLC 153581209.  Cosby, Bill (2011). I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was). New York: Center Street. ISBN 978-0-89296-920-3. OCLC 707964887. 

See also

African American portal Biography portal

List of comedians List of Omega Psi Phi
Omega Psi Phi
brothers List of Temple University
Temple University
people List of University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst
alumni

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Further reading

Excerpts From Bill Cosby’s Deposition in the Andrea Constand case

External links

Wikisource
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Bill Cosby

Comedy albums

Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right! (1963) I Started Out as a Child (1964) Why Is There Air? (1965) Wonderfulness (1966) Revenge (1967) To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1968) 200 M.P.H. (1968) 8:15 12:15 (1969) It's True! It's True!
It's True! It's True!
(1969) Sports (1969) Live: Madison Square Garden Center (1970) When I Was a Kid (1971) For Adults Only (1971) Inside the Mind of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1972) Fat Albert
Fat Albert
(1973) My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? What Must I Do? (1977) Bill's Best Friend
Bill's Best Friend
(1978) Bill Cosby: Himself (1982) Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
Those of You with or Without Children, You'll Understand
(1986) Oh, Baby! (1991)

Music albums

Silver Throat: Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings (1967) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! (1968) Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band (1971) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Talks to Kids About Drugs (1971) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Presents Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band (1972) At Last Bill Cosby
Cosby
Really Sings (1974) Bill Cosby
Cosby
Is Not Himself These Days (1976) Disco Bill
Disco Bill
(1977) State of Emergency (2009)

Compilations

The Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1969) More of the Best of Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1970) Bill (1973) Down Under (1975)

Singles

"Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright)" (1967) "Yes, Yes, Yes" (1976)

Television

The Bill Cosby Show
The Bill Cosby Show
(1969–71) The New Bill Cosby
Cosby
Show (1972) Fat Albert
Fat Albert
and the Cosby
Cosby
Kids (1972–85) Cos (1976) The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
(1984–92) A Different World
A Different World
(1987–93) The Cosby Mysteries (1994–95) Cosby
Cosby
(1996–2000) Little Bill (1999–2004) Fatherhood (2004–05)

Stand-up comedy films and specials

Himself (1983) Bill Cosby
Cosby
77 (unreleased)

Family

Camille Cosby Ennis Cosby Erika Cosby

Related articles

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Awards for Bill Cosby

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Robert Young (1956) Robert Young (1957) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1959) Robert Stack
Robert Stack
(1960) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1961) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1962) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1963) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1966) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1967) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1968) Carl Betz
Carl Betz
(1969) Robert Young (1970) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) Richard Thomas (1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake (1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1976) James Garner
James Garner
(1977) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1978) Ron Leibman (1979) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) Daniel J. Travanti (1982) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1985) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1986) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1987) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1988) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1989) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1992) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1995) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1996) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2003) James Spader
James Spader
(2004) James Spader
James Spader
(2005) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2006) James Spader
James Spader
(2007) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2010) Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Rami Malek
Rami Malek
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2017)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy

1970–2000

Flip Wilson
Flip Wilson
(1970) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1971) Redd Foxx
Redd Foxx
(1972) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1973) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1974) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1975) Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(1976) Ron Howard/ Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(1977) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1978) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1979) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1980) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1981) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1982) John Ritter
John Ritter
(1983) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1984) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1985) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1986) Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
(1987) Michael J. Fox/Judd Hirsch/ Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan
(1988) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1989) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1990) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1991) John Goodman
John Goodman
(1992) Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
(1993) Tim Allen
Tim Allen
(1994) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1995) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1996) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1997) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1998) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
(1999) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2000)

2001–present

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen
(2001) Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(2002) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2003) Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
(2004) Steve Carell
Steve Carell
(2005) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2006) David Duchovny
David Duchovny
(2007) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2008) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2009) Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons
(2010) Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc
(2011) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2012) Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg
(2013) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2014) Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal
(2015) Donald Glover
Donald Glover
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
(2017)

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Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay

1980–2000

Can't Stop the Music Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr
Allan Carr
(1980) Mommie Dearest – Frank Yablans, Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner and Robert Getchell (1981) Inchon – Robin Moore and Laird Koenig (1982) The Lonely Lady
The Lonely Lady
– John Kershaw, Shawn Randall and Ellen Shephard (1983) Bolero – John Derek
John Derek
(1984) Rambo: First Blood Part II – Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron
James Cameron
and Kevin Jarre (1985) Howard the Duck – Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (1986) Leonard Part 6
Leonard Part 6
– Jonathan Reynolds and Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1987) Cocktail – Heywood Gould (1988) Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(1989) The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
– Daniel Waters, James Cappe & David Arnott (1990) Hudson Hawk
Hudson Hawk
– Steven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters, Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
and Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft
(1991) Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
– Blake Snyder, William Osborne and William Davies – (1992) Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
Amy Holden Jones (1993) The Flintstones – Jim Jennewein, Steven E. de Souza, Tom S. Parker and various others (1994) Showgirls
Showgirls
Joe Eszterhas (1995) Striptease – Andrew Bergman (1996) The Postman – Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland (1997) An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn – Joe Eszterhas (1998) Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
– Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S. S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (1999) Battlefield Earth – Corey Mandell and J. David Shapiro
J. David Shapiro
(2000)

2001–present

Freddy Got Fingered
Freddy Got Fingered
Tom Green
Tom Green
& Derek Harvie
Derek Harvie
(2001) Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones – George Lucas
George Lucas
and Jonathan Hales (2002) Gigli
Gigli
Martin Brest (2003) Catwoman – Theresa Rebeck, John Brancato, Michael Ferris and John Rogers (2004) Dirty Love – Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy
(2005) Basic Instinct 2
Basic Instinct 2
– Leora Barish and Henry Bean (2006) I Know Who Killed Me
I Know Who Killed Me
– Jeffrey Hammond (2007) The Love Guru
The Love Guru
Mike Myers
Mike Myers
& Graham Gordy (2008) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci
(2009) The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(2010) Jack and Jill – Steve Koren and Adam Sandler, story by Ben Zook (2011) That's My Boy - David Caspe
David Caspe
(2012) Movie 43
Movie 43
- Steve Baker, Ricky Blitt, Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Claes Kjellstrom, Jack Kukoda, Bob Odenkirk, Bill O'Malley, Matthew Alec Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Olle Sarri, Elizabeth Wright Shapiro, Jeremy Sosenko, Jonathan van Tulleken and Jonas Wittenmark (2013) Saving Christmas
Saving Christmas
- Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey (2014) Fifty Shades of Grey - Kelly Marcel (2015) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer (2016) The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie
- Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White (2017)

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Hasty Pudding Men of the Year

Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1967) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1968) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1969) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1970) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1971) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1972) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1973) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1974) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Robert Blake (1976) Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1979) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1980) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1981) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1982) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1983) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1984) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(1985) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1986) Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Baryshnikov
(1987) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1988) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1991) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1992) Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase
(1993) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1994) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1995) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(1996) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(1997) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1998) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1999) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(2000) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2001) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(2002) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2003) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2004) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2005) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
(2006) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2007) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2008) James Franco
James Franco
(2009) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2010) Jay Leno
Jay Leno
(2011) Jason Segel
Jason Segel
(2012) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt
(2015) Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(2016) Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
(2017) Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
(2018)

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Kennedy Center Honorees (1990s)

1990

Dizzy Gillespie Katharine Hepburn Risë Stevens Jule Styne Billy Wilder

1991

Roy Acuff Betty Comden
Betty Comden
and Adolph Green Fayard and Harold Nicholas Gregory Peck Robert Shaw

1992

Lionel Hampton Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward Ginger Rogers Mstislav Rostropovich Paul Taylor

1993

Johnny Carson Arthur Mitchell Sir Georg Solti Stephen Sondheim Marion Williams

1994

Kirk Douglas Aretha Franklin Morton Gould Harold Prince Pete Seeger

1995

Jacques d'Amboise Marilyn Horne B.B. King Sidney Poitier Neil Simon

1996

Edward Albee Benny Carter Johnny Cash Jack Lemmon Maria Tallchief

1997

Lauren Bacall Bob Dylan Charlton Heston Jessye Norman Edward Villella

1998

Bill Cosby Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb
and John Kander Willie Nelson André Previn Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
Black

1999

Victor Borge Sean Connery Judith Jamison Jason Robards Stevie Wonder

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Mark Twain Prize winners

Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
(1998) Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters
(1999) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2000) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(2001) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2002) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2003) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2004) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(2005) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(2006) Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal
(2007) George Carlin
George Carlin
(2008) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(2009) Tina Fey
Tina Fey
(2010) Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
(2011) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(2012) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2013) Jay Leno
Jay Leno
(2014) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2015) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2016) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2017)

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TCA Career Achievement Award

Grant Tinker
Grant Tinker
(1985) Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
(1986) Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1987) David Brinkley
David Brinkley
(1988) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1989) Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1990) Brandon Tartikoff
Brandon Tartikoff
(1991) Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
(1992) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1993) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
(1994) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1995) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1996) Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
(1997) Roone Arledge (1998) Norman Lear
Norman Lear
(1999) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2000) Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar
(2001) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(2002) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(2003) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(2004) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2005) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(2006) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(2007) Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels
(2008) Betty White
Betty White
(2009) James Garner
James Garner
(2010) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2011) David Letterman
David Letterman
(2012) Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters
(2013) James Burrows (2014) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(2015) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(2016) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
(2017)

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Television Hall of Fame Class of 1991

Bill Cosby Andy Griffith Ted Koppel Sheldon Leonard Dinah Shore Ted Turner

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International Emmy Founders Award

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1980) Shaun Sutton / Roone Arledge (1981) Michael Landon
Michael Landon
(1982) Herbert Brodkin (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1985) Donald L. Taffner (1986) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1987) Goar Mestre (1988) Paul Fox (1989) Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
(1990) Adrian Cowell (1991) Bill Cosby
Cosby
(1992) Richard Dunn (1993) Film on Four (1994) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(1995) Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
(1996) Jac Venza
Jac Venza
(1997) Robert Halmi Sr. (1998) Hisashi Hieda
Hisashi Hieda
(1999) John Hendricks (2000) Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
(2001) Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2002) HBO
HBO
(2003) MTV International
MTV International
(2004) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2005) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2006) Al Gore
Al Gore
(2007) Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
(2008) David Frost
David Frost
(2009) Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
(2010) Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(2011) Ryan Murphy / Norman Lear
Norman Lear
/ Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(2012) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2013) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
(2014) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2015) Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes
(2016)

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Theodore Roosevelt Award winners

1967: Eisenhower 1968: Saltonstall 1969: White 1970: Hovde 1971: Kraft Jr. 1972: Holland 1973: Bradley 1974: Owens 1975: Ford 1976: Hamilton 1977: Bradley 1978: Zornow 1979: Chandler 1980: Cooley 1981: Linkletter 1982: Cosby 1983: Palmer 1984: Lawrence 1985: Fleming 1986: Bush 1987: Zable 1988: Not presented 1989: Ebert 1990: Reagan 1991: Gibson 1992: Kemp 1993: Alexander 1994: Johnson 1995: Mathias 1996: Wooden 1997: Payne 1998: Dole 1999: Richardson 2000: Staubach 2001: Cohen 2002: Shriver 2003: de Varona 2004: Page 2005: Ride 2006: Kraft 2007: Tagliabue 2008: Glenn 2009: Albright 2010: Mitchell 2011: Dunwoody 2012: Allen 2013: Dungy 2014: Mills 2015: Jackson 2016: Ueberroth 2017: Brooke-Marciniak

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