Bill Cosby Net Worth

Bill Cosby Net Worth

Bill Cosby is an American stand up comedian, actor, musician, author, education and television producer. He has been well known entertainer since the early 1960’s and has paved the way for many comedians, who hoped to kick the doors of entertainment in and make people laugh. He may have started out on the stage of being a stand up comedian, but he became known as America’s favorite and loveable dad on the Cosby Show, where he plays a doctor and has five children and wife, who is a lawyer. This show became one of America’s favorites in the eighties and Bill Cosby continued to become a well known household name around the world. Since his days of entertaining as a comedian on stage, Bill Cosby has come a long way as an entertainer. Bill Cosby’s estimated net worth is $430 million.


William Henry Cosby Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anna Pearl, who was a maid, and William Henry Cosby Sr., who served as a mess steward in the U.S. Navy. Bill Cosby was the oldest of four boys and he while his father was away from home, he was responsible for helping his mother pay bills, by doing odd jobs, like shining shoes or delivering groceries. When one of Cosby’s brothers was six years old, he died, leaving the family in a turmoiled state. However, Bill Cosby grew to be known as the comedian and class clown among his family and friends. He even enjoyed the comedy of Sid Caesar while growing up. Cosby went to Philadelphia’s Central Park High School, a well known prep and magnet school, where he played football, baseball, basketball, and ran track. When he was in the tenth grade, he transferred to Germantown High School, but after attending his tenth grade year, he failed. Cosby did not repeat the tenth grade, and instead got a job being a shoe repairman, but quickly realized that he would not do it for the rest of his life. In 1956, Cosby went on to enlist in the Navy and served at several different military bases during his military career, including, the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland, and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During his four year military career, Cosby helped the injured vets from the Korean War, in physical therapy, while working as a Hospital Corpsman. Cosby soon earned his high school equivalency diploma for high school courses and received a track and field scholarship to Temple University in 1961, where he studied physical education. However, while attending college, he continued to work on his craft as a comedian and soon began to bartend at a Philadelphia club. After realizing his talent at making people laugh, he began doing stand up.


During Cosby’s night as a bartender in Philadelphia, he began filling in as the comedic act, in place of the comedian who often did not show up to do his show. After being a big hit at the club, Cosby began to get offers for other stand up comedy gigs at other clubs, and soon took his act on the road to clubs across the country. His friendly family focused jokes always pulled people in and made audiences fall in love with his sense of humor. With his comedy show gaining a wide amount of attention, Cosby realized that there was more of a stable future in his being a comedian than continuing his education and left Temple in 1962. Bill Cosby did not only make his name as a well known comedian across the stages in America, but also with music lovers. In 1963, he released his first album, Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow…Right!, which won him a Grammy award. He followed this album with a second one, I Started Out As a Child, in 1964, where he received another Grammy honor, for Best Comedy Album of the Year. With his growing popularity, Cosby won consecutive Best Comedy Album awards from 1964 to 1969. Cosby first made his television appearance as a guest on The Tonight Show. After much skepticism by the show’s producers, Cosby was hit and was offered a role to play opposite, Robert Culp, on the series I Spy. With this being the first prime time television program to star an African American, Cosby won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1967,1968, and 1969. After the success of I Spy, he starred in his second prime time series in 1969, called, The Cosby Show, but it only had one successful season before cancelling in 1971. After becoming a well known figure, Cosby took his talents into producing the animated series, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which debuted in 1972. Even though Bill Cosby had tried once again to create a new Cosby Show in 1972 and 1976, he was left disappointed. However, by the time 1984, came, Bill Cosby had another idea for a sitcom comedy series. His idea was of him playing a doctor, named Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, who is married to a lawyer. With their five children, the family would deal with everyday problems that they encountered, but in a comedic way. The Cosby Show aired in 1984 and was very successful. It was the third most watched primetime-television show and was number one for the next four seasons afterwards. After the successful debut of the show, it sold to local television stations in 1988 and debuted in 1996, but it was cancelled after four seasons. Bill Cosby has even written several books, one of which include the book, Fatherhood, which was published in 1986. Along with his known talents in music and acting on television, he has produced and acted in several movies, such as, Ghost Dad. With Cosby’s career in being an entertainer, he has brought a different kind of humor to entertainment that has brought people of all ages together.


Although Bill Cosby started out with many doubting his talent in the bigger market of the entertainment industry, since making his name, he has been welcomed with open arms and with much appreciation of the different kind of talent he has brought to his fans. His work is so appreciated, that over the years, he has earned awards and acknowledgements for the talent he has presented to the world. One award that has shown true acknowledgement of Bill Cosby’s talent, was when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, in 2002. Along with this most honored award, Cosby has also received the Kennedy Center Honors Award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the International Emmy Founders Award, along with many other awards for his talent.

Net Worth of Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby’s hard work has led him into being known as a comedic icon and he has always focused on exploring different ways to bring people together for a laugh. During the 1980’s, in the prime of his career, Cosby grew unhappy with the way minorities were portrayed on television and in 1987, produced the television series, A Different World, which focused on a historically black college and the young people who went there, while pursuing an education. His love of showing how respect should be given to each other has been the main focus of getting his point across to fans for years. Bill Cosby is a man who likes to show his fans, that it doesn’t matter what background everyone comes from, people can laugh together and not worry about the skin color of the next person. Bill Cosby’s net worth is $430 million. He owes much of his success to his work as an actor in his own television shows as well as to the albums that won him two Grammy awards. The gratitude of his success can also be paid to the books he has written.

Personal Life

Bill Cosby has had the chance to spend his life with the love his life Camille Hawkins, whom he married in 1964. Over the years of their marriage they had five children, Erika, Ennis, Erinn, Ensa, and Evin. Since the birth of his children, their family has had to encounter some hard times and tragedies. One of the tragedies being, Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby’s son, being murdered in 1997, while changing a flat tire. Another issue that plagued the Cosby’s, was the attempted extortion, that Autumn Jackson, a woman who alleged that Cosby, was her father, tried to extort $40 million from him. In the end, Jackson ended up in prison and Bill Cosby focused more on his family. The strength of his family has recently been tested with allegations of rape and infidelity, but through it all, Bill Cosby and his family has survived the worst of the worst.


The recent years may have been hard on Bill Cosby, but his strength through his downfalls, has helped him get through them. His unique and funny sense of humor was always something that he wanted everyone to embrace. He will always be known as the comedian who found the humor in being a family and embracing the everyday issues that happen in their family.

Bill Cosby Bio Info

Born: 12 July 1937 (age 80 years), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Spouse: Camille Cosby (m. 1964)
Children: Ensa Cosby, Erika Ranee, Erinn Chalene Cosby, Evin Harrah Cosby, Ennis Cosby

Bill Cosby Quotes

  • Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing. – Bill Cosby
  • I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby
  • Sometimes you try to help people, and it backfires on you, and then they try to take advantage of you. – Bill Cosby
  • There’s a gap between people knowing what I do and really believing that I still do that – and wondering what it is I really do. – Bill Cosby
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Videos on YouTube

Bill Cosy on the YouTube series After They Were Famous.

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