Cosby, Bill

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Cosby, Bill Gender: M
William Henry Cosby, Jr.
born on 12 July 1937 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Dirty data, conflicting times
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 19°59' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°48 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 09°45'

Alternative birthtime
Date 12 July 1937 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Philadelphia, PA (US), 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 19°24' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 11°53 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 20°13'

Bill Cosby (2011)
photo: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, license cc-by-2.0


American actor and comedian, the nation's top TV and live performance humorist for his familiarity and likeability. His series "The Cosby Show" first played on 20 September 1984 and won Emmys the following two years. Friendly, congenial, wholesome and beloved, he put on a show that focused on family and kids with no trace of violence, sexual or racial humor. Cosby is a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His career, spanning over five decades, was ended by highly publicized accusations of, and his eventual conviction for, sexual assault. His conviction was overturned in 2021 and he was released after serving 2 years and 9 months in prison.

A gifted child, Cosby started comedy in school, having the great insight that he wanted to be a comedian before he left elementary school. When he related stories about his family, the first laughs from his classmates hit him like a drug and he said it was the only vocational guidance that he ever needed. One of three boys, he was raised in a North Philadelphia housing project by his mom, a cleaning woman. His dad, a ship's steward, was rarely home. As a boy, he contributed to the family income by delivering groceries and working as a shoeshine boy. Even then, he was the undisputed neighborhood cut-up, alert with one-liners and spotting the humor in everyday situations. In the '50s there were no great black comedians to emulate, and a career in comedy was considered about as practical as lion-taming. He was determined to try, naming perseverance as his banner, gathering his own material and honing his own natural skills.

He dropped out of school and served in the U.S. Navy 1956 for four years before he finished his high school degree, winning a scholarship to Temple University. Along with making the dean's list, he ran track and played varsity football. He began standup comedy while at Temple, working for $5 a night at a small club. He tended bar at the Philadelphia cafe to help meet college expenses and his first nightclub appearance was in a room so small that he had to sit while performing.

One night the owner of the Gaslight Café, a club in New York's Greenwich Village, caught his act and hired him for $60 to appear there on weekends. In his junior year at Temple, he quit to concentrate on his chosen career. His relaxed and natural style carried him into club and show gigs, records, movies and TV, making him one of the most beloved comedians and richest men in show biz.

Cosby became a familiar figure on TV advertising, and he played on the TV series "I Spy" from 16 September 1965 for three years. His movies include "Hickey and Boggs," 1971 and "Uptown Saturday Night," 1974.

With the outstanding success of his appearances plus his shrewd business sense, Cosby moved into the Forbes list of wealthiest entertainers with a personal fortune estimated at between $300 and $500 million. His investments include a New York Coca-Cola bottler, considerable artwork, and real estate that includes two East Side houses in Manhattan and a 19th-century farmhouse on 250 acres near Amherst, MA. There are also homes in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Las Vegas, plus some 60 cars and a Lear Jet.

A relatively sophisticated philosopher on media and related issues, Cosby entered the University of Massachusetts's doctoral program in 1972 and, with no special treatment, was awarded his doctorate in education in 1976. An honorary doctorate was given to him by Notre Dame in June 1990. A complex and idiosyncratic figure, Cosby's personality falls somewhere between autocratic and charismatic. His down side has exploded in arrogance, cursing and combative hostility. In 1976, he decked Tommy Smothers at the Playboy Mansion over a minor dispute, and he came close to blows with Robert De Niro in 1987 over an argument. He has gone into a riff over Jewish-black relationships in public and has displayed unpredictable responses that critics find inappropriate.

He married a beautiful woman, Camille Olivia Hanks in 1964 and they had five kids. On 17 January 1996 his only son, Ennis, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a freeway off-ramp in Bel Air, California. Mikail Markhasev, an 18-year-old immigrant was convicted of the murder on 7 July 1998.

Two days after his son's death, Autumn Jackson, 22, and two accomplices, attempted a love-child extortion scheme, claiming that she was his daughter from an affair with Shawn Renee Byers Thompson. Jackson was charged with trying to blackmail the 59-year-old Cosby, whom she says is her dad, for $40 million. Cosby admitted publicly that he had a brief affair with Thompson, but denied paternity. He says that he is definitely not her biological father. On 12 December 1997, the girl was sentenced to more than two years for extortion.

His book, "I Am What I Ate….And I’m Frightened," was released-- a memoir focused on having to give up the finer things in life like potato chips and his five-cigar-a-day habit, was published in autumn, 2003. The book is a humorous look at his lifestyle changes, after his doctor diagnosed him in 2002 with high cholesterol and a 30% blockage in the carotid artery.

In late-2004, he came under fire for his critical remarks aimed at Black parents for not providing their children with the right values.

In January 2005, Andrea Constand, a Canadian woman charged that he had given her medication that made her dizzy and fondled her in his home in January 2004. The charges were dropped the following month after a preliminary investigation by police. On 8 November 2006 he settled a civil lawsuit with Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University who claimed that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her in his mansion near Philadelphia in 2004. Thirteen witnesses at the trial made similar claims against Cosby. People magazine reported that Cosby had paid some of them in the past with favors or money.

In an October 2014 interview, emboldened by a Hannibal Buress comedy routine where Buress called Cosby a serial rapist, artist Barbara Bowman repeated her long-standing accusations that Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted and raped her over a two year period beginning in 1985 when she was 17 years old. On 16 November 2014, Hollywood Elsewhere published an essay by journalist Joan Tarshis claiming that Cosby raped her in 1969 when she was 19 years old. On 18 November 2014, model Janice Dickinson spoke with Entertainment Tonight and accused Cosby of raping her in 1982 after giving her a glass of wine and a pill.

As of November 2015, eight related civil lawsuits were active against Cosby. High profile attorney Gloria Allred represented 33 of the alleged victims.

In December 2015, three Class II felony charges of aggravated indecent assault were filed against Cosby in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, based on allegations by Constand concerning incidents in January 2004. Cosby's first trial, in June 2017, ended in a mistrial. In his retrial by a jury, he was found guilty on 26 April 2018, of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. On 25 September 2018, he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison, and classified as a sexually violent predator. His conviction was overturned on 30 June 2021 by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for violations of his 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment rights, and he was released on the same day.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Raven-Symoné (born 10 December 1985). Notes: co-stars on 'The Cosby Show'
  • business associate/partner relationship with Bonet, Lisa (born 16 November 1967). Notes: Co-stars on "The Cosby Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Pulliam, Keshia Knight (born 9 April 1979). Notes: Co-stars on "The Cosby Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Rashad, Phylicia (born 19 June 1948). Notes: Co-stars on "The Cosby Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Warner, Malcolm-Jamal (born 18 August 1970). Notes: Co-stars on "The Cosby Show"
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Allred, Gloria (born 3 July 1941). Notes: Opponent lawyer in lawsuit
  • other associate with Jackson, Autumn (born 20 August 1974). Notes: 'Claimed paternity, blackmail attempt'
  • parent->child relationship with Cosby, Ennis (born 15 April 1969)
  • parent->child relationship with Cosby, Erika (born 8 April 1965)


  • Social : Joined group 1956 (U.S. Navy, four years)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (Camille Olivia Hanks)
  • Work : New Job 16 September 1965 (Debut on TV series)
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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1972 (Entered doctorate program)
  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair November 1973 (Affair with Renee Thompson)
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  • Social : End a program of study 1976 (Graduated)
  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Perpetration 1976 (Decked Tommy Smothers)
  • Work : New Job 20 September 1984 (Started the "Cosby Show")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 20 September 1984 (First release of the "Cosby Show")
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  • Other Social June 1990 (Honorary doctorate from Notre Dame)
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  • Death of Child 17 January 1996 at 12:00 noon in Bel Air, CA (Son Ennis shot and killed)
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  • Crime : Law suit 19 January 1997 (Paternity suit from Shawn Renee Byers Thompson)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 12 December 1997 (Autumn Jackson guilty)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 7 July 1998 (Markhasev convicted of the murder of Ennis)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 9 July 1998 (Paternity suit by Autumn Jackson)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2002 (diagnosed with high cholesterol and 30% blockage in carotid artery)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released October 2003 (published "I Am What I Ate...." about lifestyle changes)
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  • Crime : Sex Perpetration/Rape October 2014 (Accused by various women of sexual assault and rape)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 26 April 2018 (Found guilty of 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 25 September 2018 (Started prison sentence)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 30 June 2021 (Released from prison)
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Source Notes

In September 2014 a new, well researched, biography by Mark Whitacker has the birth time of 3 pm: "on July 12, 1937 , Anna gave birth to a baby boy at three o'clock in the afternoon at German-town Hospital."

Previously, Amir Bey quoted him for 0.30 am in American Astrology 9/l993.

(Biography: Ronald L. Smith "Cosby," 1988, p.1, gives 3:00 AM. The personal quote will take precedence as the biographer did not elucidate.) Philadelphia is given in Who's Who. The biography does not specify the location of the hospital but says, "He lived in Germantown, a poor district in North Philadelphia."

In 12/2000, Amir Bey writes, "I met him at a jazz club in 1979 and asked him for his birth data. I probably identified myself as an astrologer (21 years ago, hence "probably"), and that was his response. I do not think I confused 0:30 with 3:00, as I wrote down what he told me, which would have been "12:30AM", at Philadelphia, instead of 0:30."

Starkman rectified to 03.14.04 EDT Asc 14Gem47'.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level: gifted from childhood)
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Diagnosed in 2002 with high cholesterol and carotid artery blockage)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (One of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1964)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Compatible
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son murdered)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Collectibles
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Property
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (One of wealthiest men in Hollywood)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Neighborhood (Several elegant homes)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (For aggravated indecent assault, served 2 years 9 months)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime (Conviction later overturned)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (Commercial endorsements)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("The Cosby Show")
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (U.S. Navy)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession