Upon pursuing his comedic career, he appeared on the Tonight Show in 1963. This led to his first comedy album being produced by Warner Brothers in 1964. In 1965 he was cast as a lead actor in the television series I Spy with Robert Culp. Bill Cosby was the first African-American to star in a dramatic series and won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dramatic Series. He hosted Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids from 1972-1979. He was also cast in twenty-two films from 1969-2004, wrote twelve books, and was awarded fifteen honorary degrees from various universities. The highlight of his career was the debut of The Cosby Show in September 1984 which he starred and produced. The series ended in 1992. He went on to host Kids Say Darndest the Things from 1998-2000.