Inspire A Friend —With Bill Cosby

People Who Kick Buts: Bill Cosby

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I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

  • Born on July 12, 1937.
  • An American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist.
  • While serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman for four years, Cosby worked in physical therapy with some seriously injured Korean War casualties, which helped him discover what was important to him. Then he immediately realized the need for an education, and finished his equivalency diploma via correspondence courses. He then won a track and field scholarship to Philadelphia’s Temple University in 1961–62, and studied physical education while running track and playing fullback on the football team.
  • Cosby met his wife Camille Hanks Cosby while he was performing stand-up in Washington, D.C., in the early 1960s, and she was a student at the University of Maryland. They married on January 25, 1964, and had five children. His son Ennis was shot dead while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997.
  • During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade’s defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992.

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