The Artist

Charlie Chaplin. Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor.

 

Bill Cosby portraitOver the past century, few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project.

 

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC).

 

With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

Awards

All-Around Male Entertainer
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991


Male Performer in a New TV Program
1985


All-Around TV Star
1988


All-Time Favorite Performer
1999

Best Comedy Performance
1964, 1965, 1966


Best Comedy Recording
1967, 1968, 1969


Best Recording for Children
1971, 1972

Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Dramatic Series), I Spy
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969


Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
2003


Outstanding Children’s Animated Program – Little Bill
2004


Male Performer in a New TV Program
1985


All-Around TV Star
1988


All-Time Favorite Performer
1999

The Bill Cosby Show
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992


A Different World
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992


Cosby
1997, 1998

Spingarn Medal
1985

American Comedy Awards
Johnny Carson Award – 2014


Webby Award
Honorable Mention – 2014


Time Tweets Of The Year
2010, 2011, 2012


Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden
Best Foreign TV Personality, Male – 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990


Mark Twain Prize
2009


Presidential Medal of Freedom
2002


Hasting Pudding Theatricals, USA
Man of the Year – 1969


Kennedy Center Honors
Lifetime Achievement Award – 1998


NAACP Image Award
– Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1991
– Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1993
– Hall of Fame Award – 2007


Television Critics Association Awards
Career Achievement Award – 2002


Viewers for Quality Television Awards
Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1985, 1986


Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series, The Cosby Show – 1986, 1985