Bill Cosby

  • Birth

    Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Drop Out

    Bill drops out of high school and joins the U.S. Navy; becomes physical therapist
  • Pass

    Passes a high school equivalency examination
  • Leaving the Navy

    Bill leaves the U.S. Navy
  • Enrolling

    Bill enrolls at Temple University
  • Stand-up

    Begins a career as a stand up comic; leaves Temple University
  • First Album

    Records first album, "Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow... Right!"
  • "The Tonight Show" and "I Spy"

    Serves for the first time as a guest host on "The Tonight Show"; wins first Grammy Award (for I Started Out as a Child); debuts in "I Spy" and becomes the first African American to star in a dramatic television series.
  • Emmy Award

    Wins first Emmy Award
  • The Bill Cosby Show

    Debuts in "The Bill Cosby Show"
  • Electric Company

    Make first appearance on "The Electric Company"
  • To All My Friends on Shore

    Appears in first television movie, To All My Friends on Shore, and first feature film, Man and Boy; cartoon series,"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," and "The New Cosby Show" debut
  • Cos

    Cosby recieves a doctorate in education from the University of Massachussetts; debuts in "Cos"
  • Bill Cosby, Himself

    Appears in first concert film, Bill Cosby Himself
  • The Cosby Show

    Debuts in "The Cosby Show"
  • Fatherhood

    Publishes first best seller, Fatherhood
  • Spelman College

    Donates $20 million to Spelman College
  • End of the show

    "The Cosby Show" ends its television run
  • Return

    Returns to television in "Cosby"
  • Ennis

    Son Ennis is murdered while changing a tire alongside an L.A. freeway
  • All Time Favorite

    Voted all time favorite performer at the People's Choice Awards