Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Timeline of Bill Cosby, an American comedian, actor, and producer known for his groundbreaking role in the television series The Cosby Show, which portrayed an affluent African-American family. Despite his contributions to entertainment, Cosbys legacy has been tarnished by numerous allegations of sexual assault, leading to legal proceedings and public scrutiny.


July 12, 1937


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Comedian, actir and producer


Temple University


12 July 1937

Birth of Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby was born William Henry Cosby Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was one of four sons born to Anna Pearl and William Henry Cosby Sr.


19 July 1962

Stand-up Debut at Hungry I in San Francisco

Cosby began his career as a stand-up comedian at the Hungry I in San Francisco during the 1960s.


14 September 1969

First Sitcom Role at The Bill Cosby Show

Cosby starred in his own sitcom, 'The Bill Cosby Show', which aired for two seasons from 1969 to 1971.


20 September 1984

The Cosby Show returned to NBC

Cosby's most successful work, 'The Cosby Show', first aired in 1984 at NBC, quickly becoming a major hit with family audiences and ran for eight seasons until 1992.


29 April 1992

The Cosby Show Ends

NBC announced the 'The Cosby Show' would end its run after eight seasons, with the final episode airing on April 30, 1992.


16 October 2014

Allegations of Sexual Assault

Allegations of sexual assault by Cosby resurfaced in the media, leading to the cancellation of several ongoing projects and reruns.


26 April 2018

Found Guilty of Three Counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault

Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against a Toronto woman, for an incident that took place in 2004 at his home.


30 June 2021

Conviction Overturned and Release from Prison

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby's sexual assault conviction, and he was released from prison after serving more than two years of a 3–10 year sentence.

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