Bill Cosby - Famous Actor

Bill Cosby Net Worth


Famous American comedian and television star Bill Cosby had a net worth of $400 million. His net worth was largely driven by his famous show โ€˜The Cosby Showโ€™, for which he earned $4 million per episode. He also owned 20% of the showโ€™s equity which generated hundreds of millions in syndication royalties over several decades, adding to his extensive real estate portfolio and valuable art collection.

Key facts:

  • Bill Cosby is an American comedian, television star and producer.
  • He is best known for creating and starring on 'The Cosby Show', which was one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.
  • Cosby won seven Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Performance between 1965 and 1987. His album 'To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With' was named number one on Spin' magazine's list of the 40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time.
  • Cosby created, hosted, and produced the animated Saturday morning cartoon, 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids'. The show was based off Bill's own childhood.
  • Cosby owned 20% of the show's equity which generated hundreds of millions in syndication royalties over the last several decades, though those royalties have mostly dried up in recent years in the wake of his sexual assault convictions and scandals.

Basic Information About Bill Cosby

CategoryCelebrities โ€บ Actors
ProfessionsActor, Comedian, Author, Screenwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Educator, Activist, Musician, Voice Actor
Net worth$400,000,000
Date of birth1937-07-12 (86 years old)
Place of birthPhiladelphia
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksStories of his childhood and fatherhood
His only prop onstage is a chair
His loud, gregarious voice.
Periodically wears Temple University shirts on camera
SpouseCamille O. Cosby - (25 Januaryย 1964 - present)ย (5 children)
Height6 ft (1.85 m)
Social Mediaโ†—๏ธŽ Wikipedia โ†—๏ธŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Bill Cosby win?


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Bill Cosby awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show1992
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show1991
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show1990
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show1989
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show1988
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalWinnerThe Cosby Show1986
Image Award - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesWinnerThe Cosby Show1993
Blimp Award - Favorite TV ActorWinnerThe Cosby Show1993
Blimp Award - Favorite TV ActorWinnerThe Cosby Show1992
Blimp Award - Favorite TV ActorNomineeThe Cosby Show1988
Impact Award - WinnerThe Cosby Show2011
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerA Different World1992
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerA Different World1991
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerA Different World1990
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerA Different World1989
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerA Different World1988
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerCosby1998
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerCosby1997
TV Guide Award - Favorite Actor in a ComedyNomineeCosby2000
TV Guide Award - Favorite Actor in a ComedyNomineeCosby1999
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Animated ProgramNomineeFat Albert and the Cosby Kids1986
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - PerformersWinnerFat Albert and the Cosby Kids1981
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesWinnerI Spy1968
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesWinnerI Spy1967
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesWinnerI Spy1966
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Children's Animated ProgramWinnerLittle Bill2004
Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Special Class Animated ProgramNomineeLittle Bill2002
Image Award - Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialWinnerLittle Bill2001
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Comedy SeriesNomineeThe Bill Cosby Show1970
BMI TV Music Award - WinnerThe Bill Cosby Show1987

Bill Cosby roles

Movie / Series Role
Malcolm XSelf - End Credits (uncredited)
JackLawrence Woodruff
Fat AlbertWriter
Fat AlbertBill Cosby
Bob & Carol & Ted & AliceNightclub Patron in Hat (uncredited)
The Cosby ShowWriter
The Cosby ShowDr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable 197 episodes, 1984-1992
Reading RainbowSelf 1 episode, 1983
A Different WorldWriter
A Different WorldDr. Heathcliff Huxtable 3 episodes, 1987
Sesame StreetSelf / ... 15 episodes, 1970-2004
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowSelf - Guest 1 episode, 2004
Dr. PhilSelf 1 episode, 2005
BeckerHilton Lucas (uncredited) unknown episodes
CosbyHilton Lucas 95 episodes, 1996-2000
TattletalesSelf 5 episodes, 1976
Fat Albert and the Cosby KidsWriter
Fat Albert and the Cosby KidsFat Albert Jackson / ... 36 episodes, 1972-1985
I SpyAlexander Scott 82 episodes, 1965-1968
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonSelf 2 episodes, 2014
The Daily ShowSelf 1 episode, 2013
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf - Guest 18 episodes, 1992-2013
The Dick Cavett ShowSelf / ... 3 episodes, 1971-1973
The Oprah Winfrey ShowSelf 5 episodes, 1989-2008
Laugh-InGuest Performer (uncredited) unknown episodes
The Maury Povich ShowSelf 2 episodes, 1996-1998
Late Night with Jimmy FallonSelf - Guest 5 episodes, 2012-2013

Bill Cosby's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Cosbyย (1996)$1,000,000 /episode (1996)

Bill Cosby's Quotes

  • [on his murdered son, Ennis] He was my hero.
  • The problem is that your daughter has given her heart to a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy does not yet qualify as a human being.
  • It's the little things that count when you're a daddy. Like taking your little girl for ice cream. First, you have to teach her about the concept of gravity. I can't tell you how many ice creams I've had to pick up off the floor, rinse off and stick back on my kid's cone. Now that may sound strange, but have you bought ice cream lately? Good gosh, it's up to 75 cents a scoop. A scoop! What's in it, gold?
  • Gray hair is God's graffiti.
  • A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice.

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Bill Cosby โ€“ The Legendary Comedian with a Tainted Legacy

Bill Cosbyโ€™s name is synonymous with comedy, but his legacy is now besmirched due to the numerous allegations of sexual assault. Cosby was an actor, writer, producer, and stand-up comedian. He dominated the entertainment industry and amassed a fortune. In this article, we will delve into his life and body of work while also taking a look at his net worth in detail.

Early Life

William Henry Cosby Jr was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cosby family was low income, and he struggled with academics during his school years. Eventually, he overcame his academic malaise and joined the Navy at fifteen before being honorably discharged in 196. Cosby received a scholarship to Temple University but soon dropped out. He transferred to the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in Physical Education. Later he received a masterโ€™s degree from the same institution.

Standup Comedy Career

Cosby was known for his clean style of comedy and his relatable stories about growing up in North Philadelphia. His first performance was in Philadelphiaโ€™s Gaslight Cafe in 1961. He became known nationally through his appearance on โ€œThe Tonight Showโ€ in 1962. Late-night legend Johnny Carson was impressed with his act and invited him onto the show frequently.

Cosby released his first comedy album โ€œBill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellowโ€ฆ Right!โ€ in 1963, beginning an influential recording career of close to thirty albums. His live concerts, television guest appearances, and album recordings made him Americaโ€™s top comic.

In the mid-196s, he landed his first leading role in NBCโ€™s series โ€œI Spy,โ€ alongside Robert Culp. Cosby played Alexander Scott for three years, all while still performing stand-up and releasing albums. For โ€œI Spy,โ€ he took home three consecutive Emmys for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. By the end of the 196s, he had appeared in plenty of television series and continued touring throughout the country.

Early Career

While performing his stand-up act, he was discovered by Carl Reiner, the creator of โ€œThe Dick Van Dyke Show,โ€ and offered a guest appearance as he impressed Reiner with his talent. Following this performance, Cosby was given a regular role on the show, which elevated his profile significantly.

In the 196s and early 197s, Bill Cosby had a lot of success on television all through his specials, cameos, and animated cartoons like โ€œFat Albert and the Cosby Kids.โ€ He won seven Grammy Awards during this time for Best Comedy Recording. Cosby was also an advertising icon at the time โ€“ h e endorsed Jell-O during the 197s and hosted โ€œThe New Bill Cosby Show,โ€ for General Electric in 1972.

The Cosby Show

The year 1984 marked the return of Cosby to the top of television shows when he premiered โ€œThe Cosby Showโ€ on NBC. The show was widely acclaimed and became one of the largest hits of the decade. It held first place in ratings from 1985 to 199 and was instrumental in breaking racial barriers in the entertainment industry. Most importantly, it shed light on average, middle-class black families while straying away from stereotypical representations of black people that were observed on television up to that point.

โ€œThe Cosby Show,โ€ gave him access to extensive production involvement, with a larger TV network behind him as it grew progressively more popular. Because of this, Cosby could add and remove characters in the show whenever he thought it was necessary. The Huxtable family he created in the show was like his real family, and all the episodes tackled various issues they encountered, with Cosby essentially playing himself.

Life after The Cosby Show

โ€œThe Cosby Showโ€ ended following its 8th season. The subsequent years saw appearances on shows like โ€œCosby,โ€ โ€œKids Say the Darndest Things,โ€ and โ€œTouched by an Angle.โ€ However, Cosbyโ€™s problematic image had started to affect his career since various allegations for sexual misconduct surfaced. While battling court cases and further accusations, he kept on performing standup and later did some commencement speeches but performed only once in a major venue in NBCโ€™s โ€œBill Cosby: Far from Finishedโ€ in 2015.

Personal Life

Cosby married Camille Olivia Hanks in 1964 who stayed married to him throughout his show business career and also testified to back her husband during legal proceedings concerning the accusations of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Convictions

Besides his professional accomplishments, Cosby inflicted pain on as many as sixty women who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse of any kind. Akin to Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby was notorious for using his power to exploit women for his pleasure. In 2018, he was found guilty and sentenced to prison for three to ten years but was given parole in June 2021 on account of his advanced age.

Net Worth Details

Real Estate

Cosby accumulated extreme wealth throughout his successful career that allowed him to indulge in luxury pursuits. He has a real estate portfolio that has caused a stir due to its value. His primary residence was an estate in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania but recently sold it for more than $2.6 million. Another significant purchase of his was a Manhattan brownstone he bought for $3.6 million back in 1987. His assets also include properties in California.

Art Collection

Another interest of Cosbyโ€™s, besides comedy and acting is the arts. The comedian owns a valuable artwork collection, some of which are from African American artists, considered historic artwork. The collection is not for sale, and it includes โ€œNative Sonโ€ by Benny Andrews, The Brandywine Pole, โ€œEmmett Tillโ€ by William A. Smith, and 197s paintings of jazz musicians by Bernard Stanley Hoyes.

What is Bill Cosbyโ€™s net worth?

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Cosby is worth $400 million as of the articleโ€™s publication date. We do not have data on how much he made between 2015 and 2021 due to his silence following his scandals, but he had previously amassed significant wealth from various sources.

In Conclusion

Bill Cosbyโ€™s life and career are captivating endeavours that can be seen in different lights as his faults are compared to his many life accomplishments. Itโ€™s clear that his work and impact on the entertainment industry are both pivotal and widely recognised. Nevertheless, the allegations will always overshadow his career. Cosbyโ€™s net worth will continue to fluctuate depending on the outcome of the lawsuits and awards in the coming years.

Interesting Facts about Bill Cosby

  1. National Enquirer offers $100,000 reward for the capture of the killer of Bill's son, Ennis Cosby. [January 1997]
  2. Bill's son, Ennis Cosby (27), was shot dead while fixing a flat tire off the San Diego Freeway. [January 1997]
  3. He and wife Camille O. Cosby have five children: Erika (b. 8 April 1965), Erinn (b. 23 July 1966), Ennis (15 April 1969 - 16 January 1997), Ensa (8 April 1973 - 23 February 2018) and Evin (b. 27 August 1976).
  4. In 1976, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His dissertation was titled "An Integration of the Visual Media Via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972) into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning."
  5. His wife, Camille O. Cosby, is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother.
  6. At one time expressed a very public interest in purchasing the National Broadcasting Company.
  7. Sang on a number of albums in the 1970s.
  8. In addition to numerous best-selling comedy albums over the years, for which he won several Grammy awards, Cosby had a top-40 hit as a singer in 1969 with "Little Old Man."
  9. Insisted that The Cosby Show (1984) be filmed in New York; he disliked working in Hollywood.
  10. Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2003]
  11. Many elements of The Cosby Show (1984) were references to his own family. Phylicia Rashad's (Clair Huxtable's) maiden name was Hanks, like his wife Camille's maiden name. Also, like he has in real life, the Huxtables had four daughters and one son.
  12. Is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
  13. Son Ennis Cosby is buried on Cosby family estate in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
  14. First black performer to win an Emmy, for I Spy (1965).
  15. Biography in "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pp. 120-122. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  16. Cliff Huxtable, Cosby's character on The Cosby Show (1984), was ranked #1 by TV Guide in its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time [20 June 2004 issue].
  17. Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1994.
  18. Broke Radio City's 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. (1986)
  19. Was an Honoree at the Kennedy Center Awards, and attended the ceremony with Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.
  20. Is a best-selling author.

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