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Bill Cosby

Dr. Cliff Huxtable

Dr. Cliff Huxtable

Dr. William H. Cosby, Jr. is truly a Renaissance man. In his illustrious career he's enjoyed success in many diverse fields, including stand-up comedy, publishing, feature films, recording, education and, of course, television.

Bill Cosby began developing his knack for comedy at an early age. He based his first routines on his school pals, including "Fat Albert," "Weird Harold," and "Dumb Donald." In the 10th grade, Cosby dropped out of high school to he entered Philadelphia's Temple University. He left school and headed to New York to perform in Greenwich Village nightclubs. By 1963, he won a guest spot on The Tonight Show and shot to almost overnight success. By 1965, Cosby made the jump from stand-up comedy to television when he snagged one of the leading roles in I Spy opposite Robert Culp. His portrayal of the unflappable Alexander Scott won him three Emmy Awards.

In 1969 The Bill Cosby Show premiered, the first of many series bearing his name. Cosby was highly active in television throughout the 1970s, with a stint on The Electric Company, the animated Fat Albert as well as roles in The Cosby Kids, The New Bill Cosby Show and COS. His 1982 comedy performance "Bill Cosby: Himself" was a phenomenal success, garnering numerous awards and breaking a host of sales records. But it was 1984's The Cosby Show which would remain his most successful and beloved achievement. In its eight years on the air, The Cosby Show was a critical and ratings giant. The show single-handedly revived the failing sitcom genre. Cosby also developed and composed the theme music for the successful Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, which ran from 1987 to 1993.

After The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby showed no signs of slowing down. He hosted the short-lived revival of TV's You Bet Your Life, played gumshoe Guy Hanks in The Cosby Mysteries launched yet another self-titled sitcom, Cosby, in 1996 which ran for four seasons. Cosby is the author of the best-selling books Fatherhood, Time Flies and Childhood.

Character Bio

Cliff is the rock on which the whole Huxtable family is built. He has a demanding job as an obstetrician, and then comes home to a very large and active household. Cliffs five children - Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy - often present challenges but with the support of his wife Clair, Cliff always manages to keep a smile on his face. A former college track star, Cliff is also a jazz and junk-food aficionado. He often wonders if he will ever achieve his dream of a peaceful, quiet home.

The Cosby Show TV Schedule

Sunday
April 20
12:00pm
CLIFF'S 50TH BIRTHDAY
Denise and Sondra return home to help the Huxtable family celebrate Cliff's half-century birthday.
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12:30pm
I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW
The family tries to hide Sondra and Elvin's news about their engagement from Cliff.
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1:00pm
THE ANDALUSLAN FLU
When both Cliff and Clair come down with the flu, Theo takes over the head of the household.
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1:30pm
BALD AND BEAUTIFUL
Cliff visits with old friend Scott Kelly, whose recent heart attack has caused him to change his entire personality.
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2:00pm
PLANNING PARENTHOOD
Clair's sister arrives for a visit and announces her desire to have a baby.
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Tuesday
April 22
3:00am
HILLMAN
The Huxtable family visits Denise at Hillman to pay tribute to retiring college president Dr. Hanes.
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3:30am
CALL OF THE WILD
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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Wednesday
April 23
3:00am
CALL OF THE WILD
Newlyweds Sondra and Elvin return from their honeymoon.
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3:30am
THEOGATE
Clair stages a mock trial to get to the bottom of Theo's flimsy excuse for arriving home late.
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