The Late Movies: Happy (Early) Birthday, Bill Cosby!


There aren't a whole lot of people who could bounce back after supporting something as odious as New Coke, but if anyone could do it, it was Bill Cosby. The insanely successful comedian, actor, author, producer, educator, musician and activist has been making us chuckle for nearly 74 years. Here's to the Cos on the evening before his birthday!

"The Tonight Show"

Check out this very early appearance on "The Tonight Show" when it was hosted by Jack Parr.

"Fat Albert" Opening Theme

In 1972, Cosby began voicing the character of Fat Albert on an animated series called "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." The show ran until 1985 and was based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood group of friends.

Bill Cosby's "Himself"

In this clip from his 1983 concert video, Cosby discusses the horrible adventure known as going to the dentist.

"The Cosby Show"

Everyone has a favorite moment from "The Cosby Show," which ran until 1992. But by far, my favorite is this scene, where Heathcliff tries to outsmart Claire with some fancy cake cutting.

Proud Temple Grad

Bill Cosby does lots to support his alma mater—including recording ridiculous promos for sporting events.

Jello Spokesperson

Cosby's commercials for Jello (most notably pudding snacks) have become a YouTube favorite.

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