Bill Cosby is an American stand-up comedian, actor, activist and author. The story of Cosby has many sides including the rise to fame, success, tragedy, the scandals, and many more.
Bill Cosby Age, Wife, Son, Biography
Born on July 12, 1937, Cosby has become a household name in the American comedy scene. He was very sociable in high school, acting in school plays and participating in sporting events. After failing his 10th-grade exams, Cosby dropped out and began working at a shoe repairs shop.
Later, he decided to join the US Navy, after which he attended Philadelphia’s Temple University on a field and track scholarship. In college, Cosby began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, performing mostly at bars and that is how he moved on to become what he is today.
It was as far back as 1954 that Bill Cosby got married to Camille Cosby, who has after many years, still remained as his wife. Together with Camille, the man who is known as “America’s Dad,” has 5 children: Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa, and Evin.
Bill Cosby is not a guest to tragedy as in 1997, he lost his only son, Ennis William Cosby. Then aged 27, Ennis was murdered on January 17 on a Los Angeles freeway. According to a police report, the murder was in an attempted robbery attack. A graduate student at Columbia University, Ennis who was in Los Angeles to visit his friends, was shot in the head and his body was found in a Mercedes-Benz sports convertible where he was attempting to change his tires.
In 2002, Mikhail Markhasev who was convicted for the murder of Bill Cosby’s son and was serving a life sentence, wrote a letter to the Cosby Family, apologizing for the crime. According to him, it was the least he could do in an attempt to mend fences and gain forgiveness.
Cosby graduated to the stage and soon made his way to TV. He developed his eponymous show, The Cosby show which aired for two seasons on NBC. He also came up with “Fat Einstein and the Cosby Kids” an animated educational series for kids. The show which ran for 13 years (1972-1985) was based on the recollections of his childhood gang. He voiced Fat Albert.
Bill Cosby Net Worth, Endorsements, House, Car
Cosby bolstered the money he earned from numerous TV gigs with lucrative endorsement deals with giant companies including Coca-Cola, Kodak, and Ford among others.
His current net worth estimated at $400 million can also be attributed to the fact that he owns huge and luxurious mansions in Shelburne, Massachusetts Cheltenham, Pennsylvania and Pacific Palisades, California.
Cosby enjoys a ride in a Shelby AC Cobra equipped V10-6.4 liter engine machine which features anti-lock brakes and every other feature a luxury car should have.
Bill Cosby aids foundations and charitable organizations which help the needy. He has contributed to the likes of Airlift Foundation which he founded in 2008 to help on matters pertaining to orthopedic research. Others are the Children’s Network Miracle Hospitals, Keep a Child Alive and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
After the case of sexual assault was brought against him, however, Cosby lost some of his endorsements including the one with Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman, and many others have cut ties with him.
Is Bill Cosby Blind, Dead or in Jail?
Since 2015, the life of Bill Cosby has taken a rather surprising twist with the unending reports of sexual abuse that he has been accused of. After spending 2 years of absence from the media entirely, he came out in 2017 to reveal that he has already gone completely blind. According to the reports, the ace comedian woke up one morning and told his wife that he couldn’t see a thing.
Even though the cause of the blindness has not been revealed, Cosby stated that because of the blindness which came upon him since 2015, he had tried to get medical help, but he was told by doctors that there was no way of correcting his loss of vision.
As a result of his blindness, he is now helped as he walks, and before he presents on stage, a yellow line will be drawn for him from backstage to lead to his chair. More so, he gets to rehearse for hours beforehand.
Because of the silence that he has maintained since then, there are many people who believe that Bill Cosby is either dead or in Jail. But as of now, neither is the truth. Cosby is still facing charges as regards the case of drugging and sexually abusing women.
Inasmuch as he is not new to being accused of sexually assaulting women, the case this time around is more serious, and he is only free because he is able to pay up the million dollars placed as bail fee on him. With dozens of women accusing him of the crime, Cosby has denied any wrong.
If he is found guilty and is convicted of the felony sexual assault charges against him, he may end up spending as much as 10 years in jail.