Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., Ed.D (born July 12, 1937) is an American actor, comedian, television producer and activist.
He was the first African-American man to star in a television series (I Spy, in which he co-starred with Robert Culp during the mid-1960s), and also became well-known for his stand-up comedy during the 1960s and 1970s. After I Spy he starred in other series, some of which were successful (such as the long-running cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids), while others were not. In the mid-1980s, his sitcom The Cosby Show was very popular (helping to rescue NBC from possible bankruptcy), and notable for being one of the first television programs to star a upper-class Black family. During the 1980s, Cosby was among the highest-paid entertainers in the United States.
In recent years, Cosby's reputation has been affected by his controversial statements regarding the advancement of the Black community, and allegations of sexual harassment.