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Bill Cosby Fast Facts

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updated 3:33 PM EDT, Thu July 3, 2014
After playing Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Bill Cosby starred in "The Cosby Mysteries," "Cosby" and hosted "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" on top of starring in a number of films. Now, one of America's favorite TV dads and comedians is returning to TV with a new family sitcom. See what the rest of the "Cosby Show" cast has been up to: After playing Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Bill Cosby starred in "The Cosby Mysteries," "Cosby" and hosted "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" on top of starring in a number of films. Now, one of America's favorite TV dads and comedians is returning to TV with a new family sitcom. See what the rest of the "Cosby Show" cast has been up to:
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of comedian and actor Bill Cosby.

Personal:
Birth date: July 12, 1937

Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birth name: William Henry Cosby, Jr.

Father: William Henry, Sr., U.S. Navy mess steward

Mother: Anna (Hite) Cosby

Marriage: Camille (Hanks) Cosby (January 25, 1964-present)

Children: Evin, August 27, 1976; Ensa, April 8, 1973; Ennis, April 15, 1969-January 16, 1997; Erinn, July 23, 1966; Erika, April 8, 1965

Education: Attended Temple University, 1961-1962; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A, 1972; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ed.D, 1977

Military service: U.S. Navy, 1956-1960

Other Facts:
Spokesperson for Jell-O for 25 years, beginning in 1974.

All of his children have names beginning with an E, to represent excellence.

Nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and has won nine.

Nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards and has won four.

Timeline:
1956 - Drops out of high school and enlists in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy, Cosby earns his high school diploma through a correspondence course.

1961 - Wins a track and field scholarship to Temple University. While at school, he gets his first job telling jokes while tending bar.

1962 - Leaves school and moves to New York City to work as a comedian at the Gaslight Café.

1963 - Releases his first recording, "Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow ... Right!"

1964 - Releases his second album, "I Started Out As a Child," which wins a Grammy for Best Comedy Performance.

1965-1968 - Plays Alexander Scott, an undercover CIA agent, on the NBC show "I Spy." Wins three Best Actor Emmy Awards in a row from 1966 to 1968.

1969 - Wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety or Musical Program for "The Bill Cosby Special."

1969 - 1971 - Plays Chet Kincaid, a P.E. teacher on the NBC program "The Bill Cosby Show."

1972-1984 - "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" runs on television.

September 20, 1984 - "The Cosby Show" debuts on NBC. Cosby plays Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.

1984-1992 - "The Cosby Show" runs on NBC.

October 3, 1992 - Is inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

1996-2000 - Stars on the television sitcom "Cosby." Phylicia Rashad again co-stars as his character's wife.

January 16, 1997 - Cosby's only son, Ennis, is robbed and murdered on a Los Angeles highway after he stops to fix a flat tire.

July 1997 - Autumn Jackson, who claimed to be Cosby's illegitimate daughter, is found guilty of attempting to extort $40 million dollars from him. She is later sentenced to 26 months in prison.

July 1998 - Mikhail Markhasev is convicted of Ennis Cosby's murder. He is later sentenced to life in prison.

December 6, 1998 - Receives the Kennedy Center Honors.

July 9, 2002 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

2003 - Receives the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Emmy Awards.

January 2005 - Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand alleges that Cosby drugged and fondled her in January 2004.

February 2005 - Authorities announce that Cosby will not be charged in the Constand case, citing insufficient evidence.

March 2005 - Constand files a civil suit against Cosby. They settle out of court for an undisclosed amount in November 2006.

October 26, 2009 - Is awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

November 23, 2013 - Cosby's first television comedy special in 30 years airs on Comedy Central.

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