Charlie Chaplin. Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor.

Over the past century, few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project.

In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC).

With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

  • All-Around Male Entertainer
    1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Male Performer in a New TV Program
    1985
  • All-Around TV Star
    1988
  • All-Time Favorite Performer
    1999
  • Best Comedy Performance
    1964, 1965, 1966
  • Best Comedy Recording
    1967, 1968, 1969
  • Best Recording for Children
    1971, 1972
  • Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Dramatic Series), I Spy
    1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
  • Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
    2003
  • Outstanding Children’s Animated Program – Little Bill
    2004
  • Male Performer in a New TV Program
    1985
  • All-Around TV Star
    1988
  • All-Time Favorite Performer
    1999
  • The Bill Cosby Show
    1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • A Different World
    1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Cosby
    1997, 1998
  • Springarn Medal
    1985
  • Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden
    Best Foreign TV Personality, Male – 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990
  • Mark Twain Prize
    2009
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
    2002
  • Hasting Pudding Theatricals, USA
    Man of the Year – 1969
  • Kennedy Center Honors
    Lifetime Achievement Award – 1998
  • NAACP Image Award
    Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1991
    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1993
    Hall of Fame Award – 2007
  • Television Critics Association Awards
    Career Achievement Award – 2002
  • Viewers for Quality Television Awards
    Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, The Cosby Show – 1985, 1986
  • Golden Globe Awards
    Best Performance by an actor in a Television Series, The Cosby Show – 1986, 1985