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Bill Cosby

An American comedian, actor, television producer, and activist.

A veteran stand up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a vanguard role in the 1960s action show I Spy.

In 1965, Cosby achieved a first for African-Americans when he costarred with Robert Culp in I Spy, an adventure show in the James Bond-style.

Cosby's presence as the first black star of a dramatic television series made I Spy unique; Cosby and NBC executives were concerned that some affiliates might be unwilling to carry the series. At the beginning of the 1965 season, however, only four stations in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama declined the show.

Actor and partner in the show, Robert Culp stood up for Cosby insisting that Cosby was to be given the role or Culp would back out.

Cosby was honored with an Emmy award for outstanding actor in a dramatic series.

Cosby is one of the all time great comedians and one of the driest.

During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered one of the decade's defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which lasted eight seasons from 1984 to 1992, and is still in syndication.

He got his break in the sixties series "I SPY" with Robert Culp who apparently got him the part.

He was discovered by actor Carl Reiner, who enjoyed Cosby's brand of humor.

His fatherly image has made him a popular personality and has earned him the nickname of "America's Dad".

Cosby lives in Shelburne, Massachusetts and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

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