Bill Cosby is considered as one of the most successful standup comedians in the United States. He was born on July 12, 1937 and dropped out of high school to join the United States Navy. Cosby did not finish college and dropped out once again and become a stage comedian. This may be the wisest decision that Cosby ever made. He was given an acting assignment for a series entitled, “I Spy” and it was the first time that a black actor was ever given the chance to play a role on a network television level. It was considered as Cosby’s most successful work aside from his sitcom “The Cosby Show” which got the highest ratings among all shows of the same kind for five years. Although Cosby seems to be pretty popular, there are still some things that only very few people would know about him, like the legendary Bill Cosby Jell-O commercials.
Cosby’s Early Work as a Product Endorser for Jell-O and Many More
Cosby was initially a spokesperson for advertising through 2000s before taking over his very own show. He used to star in commercials for different products such as Kodak, Texas Instruments, Coca-Colas, White Owl and his most notable and longest Bill Cosby Jell-O campaigns.
Cosby and his wife, Camille, have five children. Camille was also a TV producer and an author. Not everyone knows that Camille also used to be the director of The Cosby Show in 1987. All of their lovely children were given names starting with letter “E” which stands for the word excellence.
Cosby as a Musician
Little did people know that Cosby also a great musician aside from being a popular commercial actor and a renowned standup comedian. His passion when it comes to music came into play when promoted jazz. He was even awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Berkeley College of Music for his contributions in the field of music. Cosby’s single in 1969 titled ‘Little Old Man” made it to the charts that time. Even his album received a Grammy award.
Cosby as an Award-Winning Actor
Cosby brought pride to the African people when he became the first ever African American actor who got an Emmy award. And although it could sound very surprising, he got the award not for his notable work for The Cosby Show but for his acting performance in “I Spy”.
Cosby as a Three-Time Emmy Awardee
I Spy is definitely one of the most notable works of Cosby. For this show, he was awarded three times in a row with an Emmy Award, one of the most prestigious awards given for excellent television performance. Cosby received the Outstanding Continued Performance in a Leading Role category for the years 1966, 1967 and 1968, something that not everyone can easily be awarded for.
Cosby as a Bartender
Cosby also worked as a bartender at one of the coffee houses around his university in college. While bartending, he would often crack jokes and eventually landed some gigs as the house comedian for some other nearby clubs and eventually making it top perform in several places in New York.
Cosby Before The Cosby Show
Actually, the Cosby Show was not the first ever TV show of Cosby. In 1966, he starred in the show “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater.” This anthology series ran from 1963 to 1967 and was sponsored by Chrysler Corporation.
Cosby as a Radio Lover
Although Cosby had a lot of airtime in the television for his shows, he always had a passion for radio. One of his favorite radio shows to listen to is the Lights Out. A little obsessed as he is, he confessed that he followed every single thing that the show would suggest listeners to do even turning off the lights while the show is running.
Cosby as a Teacher
Another thing about Cosby that not everyone is aware of is the fact that he taught kids on how they could avoid being pushed to make a confession by their teachers. He believed that once the kids talked about their parents that their teacher would also talk about theirs and would forget about the confession.
Cosby experienced a great breakdown in his life during the demise of one of his sons. Ennis Cosby was murdered in San Diego in 1997 when he stopped to replace one of his car tires that got flat.
It is not only the Bill Cosby Jell-O commercials that the guy is notable for. Definitely, he could teach us a thing or two about life and surrendering to our passion. And although the world seems to be cruel sometimes, life goes on and we can only hope for a new brighter day ahead.