Bill Cosby: Personal Life, Wife, Kids

American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist William Henry “Bill” Cosby Jr’s biogrpahy begins with him being born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is one of four sons born to Anna Pearl (born Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., who served as a sailor in the U.S. Navy.

As a student, he described himself as a class clown. The comedian was the captain of the baseball and track and field teams at Mary Channing Wister Elementary School in Philadelphia, as well as the class president.

At Fitz Simmons Junior High, Cosby began acting in plays as well as continuing his devotion to playing sports.He went on to Central High School, but his full schedule of playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track made it hard for him. Cosby was also working before and after school, selling produce, shining shoes, and stocking shelves at a supermarket to help out the family.

He transferred to Germantown High School, but failed the tenth grade. Instead of repeating, he got a job as an apprentice at a shoe repair shop, which he liked, but could not see himself doing the rest of his life. Subsequently, he joined the Navy, serving at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

While serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman for four years, Cosby worked in physical therapy with some seriously injured Korean War casualties and he immediately realized the need for an education, and finished his equivalency diploma via correspondence courses. He then won a track and field scholarship to Philadelphia's Temple University in 1961–1962, and studied physical education while running track and playing fullback on the football team. Cosby also joined the school's chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

When he began bar tending at the Cellar, a club in Philadelphia, to earn money, he became fully aware of his ability to make people laugh. He worked his customers and saw his tips increase, then ventured on to the stage.

Stand-up comedia Bill Cosby met his wife Camille Hanks while he was performing stand-up in Washington, D.C., in the early 1960s. They married on January 25, 1964, and had five children: daughters Erika Ranee (b. 1965), Erinn Chalene (b. 1966), Ensa Camille (b. 1973), and Evin Harrah (b. 1976), and son Ennis William (1969–1997). His son Ennis was shot dead while changing a flat tire on the side of the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles on January 16, 1997.

Bill Cosby is a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and he enjoys playing drumm jazz and bass guitar. He currently maintains homes in Shelburne, Massachusetts, and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

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