Biography

William Henry (Bill) Cosby Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pa July 12, 1937, the oldest of four boys, to parents Anna Pearl and William Henry Cosby Sr. He was the school’s class clown who also had a full sports schedule and worked before and after school. He left school in his junior year to join the navy. He later received his GED and won a track scholarship to the Philadelphia Temple University. He left college after two years and tended bar while doing stand-up comedy gigs. It was at one of these performances in Washington, DC where he met his wife, Camille Olivia Hanks. They married January 25, 1964 and became the proud parents of daughters Erika, Erinn, Ensa, Evin and son Ennis who was killed in 1997.

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