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At 66 Years Old, Bill Cosby is Hotter than Ever

With his new book I Am What I Ate…and I’m Frightened, an animated series based on his best-selling book Fatherhood to launch in January on Nick at Nite, a movie based on his character Fat Albert about to go into production, his Little Bill animated series airing daily on Nickelodeon and Saturday mornings on CBS, and “The Cosby Show” in syndication, Bill Cosby continues to be as prolific and relevant as ever, reaching every generation and every audience since he began his career in stand-up four decades ago.

He is one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century. He has had an unparalleled career in television; has sold more record albums than any other comedian; his blockbuster books have sold millions of copies; and his generous support of numerous charities, particularly in the field of education, have endowed many Americans with the gift of hope and learning.

Through his groundbreaking appearances on television, particularly in two landmark series each of which defined an American decade, Bill Cosby has touched the lives of millions of Americans. In the 1960s, ""I Spy"" broke the racial barrier in television by featuring Cosby as the first-ever black lead of a weekly dramatic series. In the 1980s, Cosby returned to television with a show that Coretta Scott King described as ""the most positive portrayal of black family life that has ever been broadcast."" ""The Cosby Show"" enjoyed years of number-one ratings and nearly unanimous critical praise.

Cosby's success on television has been matched in other areas. In 1986 he broke Radio City Music Hall’s 53-year-old attendance record for his concert appearance. Cosby's also a giant in the publishing world. Fatherhood (1986) became one of the fastest-selling hardcover book of all time, remaining for more than half of its fifty-four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List as Number 1. It has sold 2.6 million hardcover copies and 1.5 million paperbacks. Time Flies had the largest single first printing in publishing history—1.75 million. Now, I Am What I Ate…and I’m Frightened is poised for the bestseller list.

A crusader throughout his career for a better world, his great success in the world of entertainment is complemented by his involvement with a host of charity organizations, making substantial gifts in support of education, most notably to predominantly black colleges and to various social service and civil rights organizations.

On the evolution of his own style of comedy, Bill Cosby states that he was drawn at an early age to the masters of jazz, learning to emulate in comedy their ability to take an idea and continually find new and innovative ways of expressing the same theme. The legacy of Bill Cosby's comedic genius is as sweet, meaningful and universal as any piece of music ever played.

Books by Bill Cosby

The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) 0590956167 Book Cover

The Meanest Thing To Say: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $15.89

The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) 0590137565 Book Cover

The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)

Bill Cosby

$4.29 - $4.89

Little Bill's Big Choice 0717266362 Book Cover

Little Bill's Big Choice

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $4.69

My Big Lie (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers) 0590521616 Book Cover

My Big Lie (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$4.79 - $7.59

How to Use the Power of the Printed Word 0385182163 Book Cover

How to Use the Power of the Printed Word

Bill Cosby

$5.69 - $7.79

Money Troubles (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers) 059095623X Book Cover

Money Troubles (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $5.09

Fatherhood 0385234104 Book Cover

Fatherhood

Bill Cosby

$3.59 - $8.19

Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors 1595551867 Book Cover

Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors

Bill Cosby

$4.69 - $4.79

The Treasure Hunt: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club) 0590956183 Book Cover

The Treasure Hunt: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 (Oprah's Book Club)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $4.79

The Other Side of Color: African American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. 0764914553 Book Cover

The Other Side of Color: African American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr.

Bill Cosby

$7.69 - $8.99

One Dark and Scary Night (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers) 0590514768 Book Cover

One Dark and Scary Night (A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $5.19

Little Bill #12: The Day I Saw My Father Cry (level 3) 0590521993 Book Cover

Little Bill #12: The Day I Saw My Father Cry (level 3)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $8.09

Little Bill's Birthday Party: A Lift-the-Flap Story 0689854625 Book Cover

Little Bill's Birthday Party: A Lift-the-Flap Story

Bill Cosby

$10.49

Love and Marriage 0385246641 Book Cover

Love and Marriage

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $14.29

Little Bill #09: The Day I Was Rich (level 3) 059052173X Book Cover

Little Bill #09: The Day I Was Rich (level 3)

Bill Cosby

$3.59 - $4.59

The Worst Day of My Life (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers) 059052190X Book Cover

The Worst Day of My Life (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $5.46

Super-Fine Valentine (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers) 0590956221 Book Cover

Super-Fine Valentine (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $4.79

Little Bill #11: Hooray For The Dandelion Warriors (level 3) 0590521918 Book Cover

Little Bill #11: Hooray For The Dandelion Warriors (level 3)

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $4.79

Cosbyology: Essays and Observations From the Doctor of Comedy 078688813X Book Cover

Cosbyology: Essays and Observations From the Doctor of Comedy

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $15.30

Shipwreck Saturday (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers) 0590956205 Book Cover

Shipwreck Saturday (Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers)

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $4.79

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was) 0892969229 Book Cover

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $6.19

Time Flies 0553277243 Book Cover

Time Flies

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $4.79

Congratulations Now What: A Book for Graduates 0786865725 Book Cover

Congratulations Now What: A Book for Graduates

Bill Cosby

$4.79 - $18.67

The Cosby Wit 0881842990 Book Cover

The Cosby Wit

Bill Cosby

$4.29 - $13.69

Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables 0060091479 Book Cover

Friends of a Feather: One of Life's Little Fables

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $4.79

Changes: Becoming the Best You Can Be 0933419244 Book Cover

Changes: Becoming the Best You Can Be

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $4.69

Childhood 0425134768 Book Cover

Childhood

Bill Cosby

$4.19 - $5.89

I Am What I Ate...And I'm Frightened!!! And Other Digressions From The Doctor Of Comedy 0060545747 Book Cover

I Am What I Ate...And I'm Frightened!!! And Other Digressions From The Doctor Of Comedy

Bill Cosby

$3.99 - $7.99

Kids Say the Darndest Things 0553110438 Book Cover

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Bill Cosby

$4.79 - $5.19

Themes in Reading Volume 2: A Multicultural Collection 0890618127 Book Cover

Themes in Reading Volume 2: A Multicultural Collection

Bill Cosby

$6.19 - $6.49

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