Bill Cosby

  • American comedian
  • Born July 12, 1937

William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author. He held an active career for over six decades before being convicted and imprisoned for sex offenses in 2018. Cosby began his career as a stand-up comic at the hungry i in San Francisco during the 1960s. He then landed a starring role in the television show I Spy, followed by his own sitcom The Bill Cosby Show, which ran for two seasons from 1969 to 1971. In 1972, using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran until 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area.

I managed my life to the point that at age 19 I was still in high school. I decided I was too old to be walking down those hallways.

People say to me, 'Do you know who you look like?' And I say, 'I'm really tired of looking like that guy.'

Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.

There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right.

There are times my stories become - what I feel - not only accessible to hearing me on television, but they make wonderful reading.

There is no job a man can do that is undignified - if he does it well.

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.

As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest.'

Karl Malden was a good friend of mine, and he said, 'You draw the people to you,' and I guess that's what I do.

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.

When my son was murdered, people asked me how I felt about God and what had happened to my son. I said, 'No, you can't go there. You have to understand that there is a devil, and he works 24/7. Whoever murdered our son was with the devil.'

When you become senile, you won't know it.

I am proud to be an American. Because an American can eat anything on the face of this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.

I want all this loud profanity in the street stopped. I want people to think about choices.

We've got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch.

There are two sides to every story, and sometimes three, four, and five.

I want to get violence - I want schools to start from K through 12 to just every day have teachers understand that they don't want to talk about anything that is violent, and they want to explain to the children how bad violence is and how behavior - violent behavior, is something that they really should not practice and think about.

You come to my comedy show to be entertained.

Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them.

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.

Kids need to remember that when you put something on Twitter, it's not like whispering to your friend, you've put it on a billboard that the whole world, including your own kids someday, can see.

You can't compete with Walmart. But you can have smaller businesses that are successful.

Old is always fifteen years from now.

I watch an awful lot of television, and I get a little tired of what I see... We have about six television sets in our house, and it's less expensive for me to do a television series than it is for me to throw them all out.

People have all kinds of approaches when they come up to me. Some of them are so nervous: 'You know, Mr. Cosby, you are my biggest fan!' I am? Some of them even claim that I raised them.

I don't spend my hours worrying how to slip a social message into my act.

I think 'I Spy,' still when you look at it, speaks volumes in terms of propaganda for equality. It's just magnificent.

What we need is for people to realize - 'I want to raise my kid. I want to go back and get my three kids. I want to take on that responsibility. I want to love my children.'

I was put in remedial everything.

We're not raising children with the love that we need to.

Now, Richard Pryor was unique. Many misunderstood his humor. He lit up the hallway, but they didn't understand his use of profanity. He didn't use it just to be using it; he used it in the context of his satire.

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

Gray hair is God's graffiti.

I can't negate the theory that the Huxtables on 'The Cosby Show' may have helped pave the way for the Obama family. People enjoyed watching that black family.

I have to follow my thoughts and mine for the gold. I have to dig it out.

There should be more on television that uplifts people and shows them how to better prepare themselves for earning a living.