Bill Cosby, the fabulously successful entertainer, got a slow start, dropping out of high school and joining the navy. Years later he went to college on a football scholarship.
After college, Cosby started performing stand-up routines. Within two years he was co-starring in the television adventure series I Spy, earning a number of Emmy awards.
During the '80s, the endearing comedian had America's top-rated TV series, The Cosby Show. His series of humorous books about the vicissitudes of just plain living, starting with Fatherhood, were stunningly successful best-sellers.
"I wasn't always black...
There was this freckle,
and it got bigger and bigger."
- Bill Cosby