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Bill Cosby in Pictures: “The Cosby Show” to Jell-O
Football player Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was a multi-sport athlete at Temple U., after his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1961.
At Temple University
It wasn’t long after his Temple career that Cosby was thrust into the spotlight, including his soon-to-come “Tonight Show” debut in 1963.
Bill Cosby, early days of stand-up
A shot from Cosby’s early days in standup, when he would regularly perform at the Gaslight in New York.
Throughout his career, Cosby has been a man of many hats, costumes and smiles.
Side-by-side with Robert Culp, Cosby made history — and great TV as well — with his starring role in “I Spy.”
From standup to the screen, kids have never been far from Cosby’s work, as this appearance with Captain Kangaroo illustrates.
“Uptown Saturday Night” party
Cornell West, Jesse Jackson join Cosby at the premiere party for “Uptown Saturday Night” at Vincent’s Place in New York, June 14, 1974.
With Harry Belafonte
Cosby laughs with longtime friend Harry Belafonte at the premiere party for “Let’s Do It Again” on Oct. 10, 1975.
“The Cosby Show”
Cosby sits with Keshia Knight Pulliam, his youngest co-star on the mammoth NBC comedy hit, “The Cosby Show.”
“Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”
A landmark in its own right, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” turned stereotypes inside out, Cosby says – for example, the heavy guy as the calming, intelligent influence.
“You Bet Your Life”
Cosby hosted the revival of “You Bet Your Life” in the 1990s.
“The Cosby Mysteries”
Cosby returned to dramatic TV in 1994-95 with “The Cosby Mysteries.”
Cosby’s affiliation with Jell-O began in the 1970s; he later earned the American Advertising Federation’s President’s Award for special lifetime contributions to advertising.
Far From Finished
Cosby has his fans laughing again in “Far From Finished,” his first televised comedy special in three decades, airing Nov. 23 on Comedy Central.