Bill Cosby Biography: Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Movies, Wikipedia, Twitter

March 4, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Bill Cosby is a former American comedian, actor, spokesman, and media personality who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with his groundbreaking roles in television and film.

He was widely regarded as one of the most influential and successful entertainers of his time, earning the nickname “America’s Dad” for portraying Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. This sitcom depicted a middle-class African American family positively and realistically.

However, his legacy was tarnished by numerous allegations and convictions of sexual assault that spanned several decades, resulting in his imprisonment and public disgrace.


  • Full name: William Henry Cosby Jr.
  • Nickname: Bill Cosby
  • Date of birth: July 12, 1937
  • Age: 87 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Former comedian, actor, spokesman, and media personality
  • Height: 6 feet (1.83 m)
  • Parents: Anna Pearl and William Henry Cosby Sr.
  • Siblings: James, Russell, and Robert
  • Spouse: Camille Hanks (m. 1964)
  • Children: Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $400 million

Early Life and Education

Bill Cosby, now 86 years old, was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl, a maid, and William Henry Cosby Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor.

He was the eldest of four sons and grew up in a poor and racially segregated neighborhood. He attended Mary Channing Wister Public School and Germantown High School, where he excelled in sports and academics.

He dropped out of high school at 19 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956, serving as a hospital corpsman for four years. He earned his high school diploma through a correspondence course and was awarded a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961.

He studied physical education and planned to become a teacher but left after his sophomore year to pursue a comedy career.

He later enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1971 and his doctorate in education in 1976.

He also received many honorary degrees and awards from various institutions, including Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Personal Life

Bill Cosby married Camille Hanks, a psychology student, in 1964. They have five children: Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin, and Ennis.

Their only son, Ennis, was murdered in 1997 by a gunman during a robbery attempt. Their daughter, Ensa, died of renal disease in 2018.

Cosby and his wife have remained married despite his infidelity and legal troubles. They live in a mansion in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and own several properties in other states.


Bill Cosby began his career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1960s, performing at clubs and theaters nationwide.

He gained popularity for his observational and conversational style of humor, which often drew from his personal experiences and childhood memories.

He debuted in the spy series I Spy in 1965, becoming the first Black actor to star in a leading dramatic role on network television.

He won three Emmy Awards for his performance as Alexander Scott, a secret agent who used his wit and charm to outsmart his enemies.

He continued to appear in various TV shows and movies, such as The Bill Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Kids Say the Darndest Things. He also created and produced several shows, such as The Electric Company, The Cosby Mysteries, and Cosby.

He was one of the most popular and highest-paid entertainers of his time, earning millions of dollars from his endorsements, books, and albums.

He won nine Grammy Awards for his comedy albums and was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Some of the awards that Bill Cosby has won throughout his career are:

  • Emmy Awards
    • Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series for I Spy (1966, 1967, 1968)
  • Grammy Awards
    • Best Comedy Performance for I Started as a Child (1965)
    • Best Comedy Performance for Why Is There Air? (1966)
    • Best Comedy Performance for Wonderfulness (1967)
    • Best Comedy Performance for Revenge (1968)
    • Best Comedy Performance for To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With (1969)
    • Best Comedy Performance for Sports (1970)
    • Best Comedy Performance for Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs (1972)
    • Best Recording for Children for The Electric Company (1972)
    • Best Recording for Children for Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days (1977)
  • Kennedy Center Honors (1998)
  • Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002)


Bill Cosby has been involved in several controversies throughout his career, but the most serious and damaging one is his sexual assault scandal.

He has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women over several decades, starting from the 1960s.

Some of his accusers are celebrities like Janice Dickinson, Beverly Johnson, and Andrea Constand. He denied all the allegations and claimed they were part of a conspiracy to ruin his reputation and legacy.

He was first charged with sexual assault in 2005, when Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, filed a civil lawsuit against him, alleging that he had molested her at his home in 2004. The case was settled out of court in 2006.

Still, it was reopened in 2015 after more women came forward with similar accusations and a deposition from the 2005 case was unsealed, revealing that Cosby had admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

He was arrested and tried in 2017, but the jury could not reach a verdict. He was retried in 2018 and found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison, but he appealed his conviction, arguing that it was based on tainted evidence and violated his due process rights.

In 2021, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agreed with his argument. It overturned his conviction, stating that he had been promised immunity from prosecution by a former district attorney in exchange for his testimony in the 2005 civil case. After serving nearly three years, he was released from prison on June 30, 2021.

His sexual assault scandal has hurt his career and reputation. His honors and awards, such as honorary degrees, stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, have been revoked or rescinded.

His shows and projects have been canceled or removed from streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and NBC. Many of his fans and colleagues have expressed their disappointment and anger at his actions, while some have defended him and questioned the credibility of his accusers.

He has also faced several civil lawsuits from his accusers and other legal issues, such as defamation, breach of contract, and insurance disputes.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @billcosby
  • Twitter handle: @BillCosby


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Net Worth

According to Forbes, Bill Cosby had a net worth of $400 million, making him one of the richest comedians in the world.

He earned most of his fortune from TV shows, movies, books, albums, and endorsements.

He also invested in real estate, art, and education. However, his net worth has declined significantly due to his legal fees, settlements, and loss of income from his canceled projects and revoked honors.

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