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.


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

Male Performer in a New TV Program

All-Around TV Star

All-Time Favorite Performer

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

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program – Little Bill

Male Performer in a New TV Program

All-Around TV Star

All-Time Favorite Performer

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

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

1997, 1998

Spingarn Medal

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

Presidential Medal of Freedom

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