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Bill Cosby. By: Dylan Cejas. Childhood. Born at 3:00 am on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . He was born at Germantown Hospital. His parents were high schools sweethearts. He was the first of four sons. His brothers were James, Russell, and Robert. . Family Life.

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bill cosby

Bill Cosby

By: Dylan Cejas

childhood
Childhood
  • Born at 3:00 am on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • He was born at Germantown Hospital.
  • His parents were high schools sweethearts.
  • He was the first of four sons.
  • His brothers were James, Russell, and Robert.
family life
Family Life
  • Bill Cosby’s family was part of the lower middle class.
  • His parents had very little money, his father was a welder but because jobs were slow, he made very little money.
  • Bill’s younger brother James died in 1945 from a rheumatic fever.
  • His dad finally joined the U.S. Navy while his mother worked cleaning houses.
education
Education
  • Bill dropped out of high school to

go into the Navy.

  • After his tour of duty, he earned his equivalency diploma through a correspondence course, and his quick legs got him into Temple University on a track-and-field scholarship when he was 23.
  • He later dropped out to pursue show business. His early stand-up started with nightclub routines about "Fat Albert" and "Old Weird Harold".
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • 33 awards in comedian, actor, and producer
  • The Bill Cosby Show
  • His comedy records earned him eight Grammy awards.
  • He appeared in numerous commercials and on children\'s shows such as Sesame Street and Electric Company
awards
Awards
  • 1969: Received his third Man of the Year award from Harvard University\'s performance group the Hasty Pudding Theatricals
  • 1991: Induction into the Television Hall of Fame
  • 1998: Received the Kennedy Center Honor
  • 2002: The Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to television
  • 2003: The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
  • 2005: In a British poll to find the Comedian\'s Comedian, he was voted among the top-50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders
  • 2009: Presented with the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
  • 2011: Made an honorary Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy
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