Bill Cosby was a multi-sport athlete at Temple U., after his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1961.
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.
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.
Cornell West, Jesse Jackson join Cosby at the premiere party for “Uptown Saturday Night” at Vincent’s Place in New York, June 14, 1974.
Cosby laughs with longtime friend Harry Belafonte at the premiere party for “Let’s Do It Again” on Oct. 10, 1975.
Cosby sits with Keshia Knight Pulliam, his youngest co-star on the mammoth NBC comedy hit, “The Cosby Show.”
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.
Cosby hosted the revival of “You Bet Your Life” in the 1990s.
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.
Cosby has his fans laughing again in “Far From Finished,” his first televised comedy special in three decades, airing Nov. 23 on Comedy Central.