- What The Cosby Show kids look like today
- The Curious Silence of Cosby’s TV Daughters
- The Cosby Show Cast: Where Are They Now?
- Full Cast & Crew
- Full Cast & Crew
What The Cosby Show kids look like todayBill Cosby's pretrial hearing on Sept. The Montgomery County District Attorney ruled that 13 additional women will be allowed to testify on the stand when the trial begins, set for a tentative June date. These women will be able to provide testimony of a "pertinent trait," aimed at showing a pattern of Cosby's destructive behavior. Though this may be some of the alleged victims' first time speaking out in public, the cast of The Cosby Show — where the disgraced actor first positioned himself as America's moral compass — has had plenty to say regarding the sexual assault and rape allegations. While allegations have been circulating for years, most of The Cosby Show cast chose to not speak out until the summer of It was in July of last year that a federal judge unsealed a deposition Cosby gave regarding Andrea Constand's sexual assault case against him. In the deposition, Cosby admitted to giving the sedative Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. Constand's allegations are the basis for Cosby's most recent appearances in court, and the deposition is expected to play a role in the upcoming trial. Based on their statements, much the Cosby cast seems to fall into one of two camps: they see Cosby as a mentor and want to preserve the show's legacy; or, in the case of one cast member, view him as outright guilty. Their sentiments all rely on the same premise: preserving the show's legacy, which provided a positive image of black American life throughout the '80s and '90s. Warner, who played Cosby's son on the show, lamented having to watch "his friend and mentor go through this" in a Billboard interview. He also spoke of the show's legacy, saying "The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he's done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he's done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That's the Bill Cosby I know. Cosby's youngest on-screen daughter, Pulliam, also echoed these statements in an interview with The Grio: "You can't take back the impact that it's had on generations of kids, and it's continuing to have such a positive impact on them Lisa Bonet, another of Cosby's onscreen daughters on the show, has largely stayed silent on the matter. She told The View audiences: " I don't really like to talk about it that much because he's the reason I'm on this panel in the first place. He gave me my first job. Joseph C. Phillips, who played the husband of one of Cosby's on-screen daughters, was the only one to take a firmly negative stance on the allegations. In a post to his blog titled " Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty ," Phillips gave a behind-the-scenes account of the show that painted the star as a man who slept around, something the fellow actors knew but ignored. He explained: "Bill sleeping around was a fact that, like, the air, seemed to just be. You didn't have to see it or hear it to know that it existed. Phillips also recounted an incident in which a female friend confided in him that she, too, had been sexually assaulted by Cosby. The actor believes her story. But not willing to let go of the show's legacy just yet, Phillips ended his post with this plea to Cosby: "Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment. In the wake of the upcoming trial, it will be interesting to see any of the other actors speak out, or change their position entirely.
The Curious Silence of Cosby’s TV Daughters
The Cosby Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television. The Cosby Show and All in the Family are the only sitcoms in the history of the Nielsen ratings to be the number-one show for five seasons. It spent all eight of its seasons in the top The show led to the spinoff A Different Worldwhich ran for six seasons from to The matriarch is his wife, attorney Clair Huxtable. Despite its comedic tone, the show sometimes involves serious subjects, like Theo's experiences dealing with dyslexia inspired by Cosby's dyslexic son, Ennis. The Cosby Show pilot episode uses the same title sequence as the rest of the first season, and is widely regarded as the first episode. However, it contains a number of differences from the remainder of the series. In the pilot, the Huxtables have only four children. The character was created when Bill Cosby wanted the show to express the accomplishment of successfully raising a child i. Bill Cosby originally wanted Vanessa L. Williams to play the part of "Sondra" due to her college education and background in theater arts. However, Williams was recently crowned the first black Miss America and pageant officials would not permit her to play the role while she was representing the Miss America pageant. Whitney Houston was also considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable, but was unable to commit to the full-time television production schedule in the NBC contract, as she was intending to be a full-time music recording artist. Most of the story in the pilot presentation is taken from Bill Cosby's classic comedy film Bill Cosby: Himself. Cosby's character is called "Clifford" in the early episodes of the first season as evidenced by his name plate on the exterior of the Huxtable home. His name was later switched to "Heathcliff". Although, in one episode, Clair calls him "Heathclifford". Additionally, Vanessa refers to Theo as "Teddy" twice in the dining room scene. The interior of the Huxtables' home features an entirely different living room from subsequent episodes, and different color schemes in the dining room and the master bedroom. Throughout the remainder of the series, the dining room is reserved for more formal occasions. In the early s, Marcy Carsey and Tom Wernertwo former executives at ABCleft the network to start their own production company. The two partners decided that to get a sitcom to sell for their fledgling company, they needed a big name behind it. The career of Bill Cosby, who starred in two failed sitcoms during the s, produced award-winning stand-up comedy albums, and had roles in several different films, was relatively static during the early s. Outside of his work on his cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby KidsCosby was doing little in film or television, but Carsey and Werner were fans of Cosby's stand-up comedy and thought it would be the perfect material for a family sitcom. Cosby originally proposed that the couple should both have blue-collar jobs, with the father a limousine driver,  who owned his own car, and the mother an electrician. Cosby wanted the program to be educational, reflecting his own background in education. He also insisted that the program be taped in New York City instead of Los Angeleswhere most television programs were taped. Luke's Place near 7th Avenue in Manhattan 's Greenwich Village although in the show, the residence was the fictional "10 Stigwood Avenue". Luke's Place. During its original run on NBC, it was one of five successful sitcoms on the network that featured predominantly African-American casts. Although the cast and characters were predominantly African American,  the program was unusual in that issues of race were rarely mentioned when compared to other situation comedies of the time, such as The Jeffersons. The show's spin off, A Different Worlddealt with issues of race more often.
The Cosby Show Cast: Where Are They Now?
Do any of you miss the Huxtables? We sure do—especially, the eye-rolling, long-faced wisdom-in-spurts character of Dr. Cliff Huxtable. Hey, if Dallas can get a reboot, then bring back the The Cosby Show! After eight fun-filled seasons of watching Clair and Cliff go through the ups and downs of raising their five kids Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy, The Cosby Show took its final bow and left our TV sets and a frown in our hearts on April, 30, —20 years to the day. After re-joining Cosby to play his TV wife for a second time on his eponymous show Cosbywhich ran from toPhylicia went on to appear in TV shows like Everybody Hates Chris, as well as A Raisin in the Sunin which she won a Tony for from her Broadway performance in As the over-achieving eldest daughter of the Huxtable clan, Princeton undergrad Sondra Huxtable pontificated her way through the seasons. Known initially as the popular girl with ever-changing hair and fashion, second daughter Denise Huxtable later exhibited more of a hippy-chick free spirit in later seasons, which seemed to match more closely with Lisa Bonet in real life. Lisa moved away from her squeaky clean image by accepting a dark role in the movie Angel Heartin which she had a sexually explicit scene. Mother of three—with a daughter from her previous marriage to Lenny Kravitz —Lisa is currently married to actor Jason Momoa and has two children with him. Nowadays, Malcom has kept busy by wearing different hats in the entertainment industry. Keshia Knight Pulliam was only five years old when she started playing the role of youngest child Rudy Huxtable, whom we got to see grow up on screen. In the second season of The Cosby ShowPulliam was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal as the pigtailed whippersnapper. After graduating with a B. Check out what the stars of the Academy Award-nominated horror movie have been up to since the flick's release. Discover what the actors from the 'Scream' franchise have been doing since their time in Woodsboro. Read on to find out what the cast is doing today! The comedy horror fantasy flick bewitched us with the decrepit Sanderson Sisters and their youth-sucking potions. Check out what the cast of 'Hocus Pocus' has been doing ever since! Learn what the cast of the slasher flick has been up to since their run-ins with Michael Myers. See what the stars of the horror movie has been up to ever since that deadly high school prom night. Thirty years ago today, Steven Spielberg released his sci-fi, tearjerker adventure flick, E. Check out where the cast is today.
Full Cast & Crew
For eight years, fans watched as the Huxtable kids and a few of their friends grew up before our eyes. It was impossible not to feel like part of the family, and therefore impossible now not to wonder where the not-so-young-anymore cast is today. While they didn't all go on to recapture the glory of their Huxtable days, the stars have enjoyed an impressive measure of success. She didn't entirely extricate herself from The Cosby Show fanfare, though. From toshe voiced the character of Norma Bindlebeep on Fatherhoodan animated series loosely based on the Cosby family. Her last credited screen acting role was in the thriller The Stalker Within. These days, Le Beauf lives in Maui, Hawaii and documents her easy, breezy days on the island via her Twitter feed. Don't let Geoffrey Owens' lack of social media fool you — this actor, who played Sondra's husband Elvin, doesn't miss a beat. In the time since The Cosby Show ended, he has enjoyed a steady stream of bit parts and bigger roles on screen and on the stage. Of his character, the actor told Gapers Block"I feel I have a personal connection with my character Henry; what mostly makes me identify with him is that he is very much an individual. He's African-American — he knows he is and knows he is recognized as such, but he does not conform to people's generalizations — or act like he's supposed to. Like many of the Mamet characters, he's not politically correct; actually, that's what both of the partners in the play have in common. He plays with great comedic effect the bumbling lawyer Gerrywho was initially hired by Thomas Haden Church's Robert. The role has created a bit of renewed buzz for Owens, earning praise from critics for his cheeky portrayal. He also guest-starred as the headmaster on Lucifer in As Denise, Bonet secured her spot as the free-spirited, wild child of the family. And she's still giving off that vibe in real life. The couple later split but remained friends. She is my dream woman, so Bonet has enjoyed other occasional roles over the years. Fun fact? While still playing Theo, Warner began dabbling in directing. He isn't doing too shabby in the acting department either, currently enjoying a recurring role on The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce as Barbara's love interest, an interior design guru by the name of Darrell. I'm working with Theo! Outside of acting and directing, Warner is also a talented musician. And while Cockroach proved to be a scene-stealer, it isn't the role Payne is best known for. The now year-old actor went on to star in many successful sitcoms but is perhaps best known for his role as Cole Brown in the '90s TV series Martin. In recent years, Payne has opened up about the tension on set at the time between him and star Martin Lawrence. However, he always kept it professional. In recent years, Payne's work has included films, plays, and TV movies, although few have been as high profile as his early work. That playful personality certainly seems to carry over into real life, showing through in the roles Bledsoe has accepted since her time on The Cosby Show. Like, for example, the animated film ParaNormanin which she voiced Sheriff Hooper. Bledsoe has dabbled in reality TV too, hosting the organization-oriented reality series Clean House for a year as well as appearing alongside longtime partner Darryl M. Bell on Househusbands of Hollywood. Impressively, Bledsoe managed to squeeze higher education into her busy schedule, graduating with a degree in finance from NYU's highly respected Stern School of Business. She did this while filming The Cosby Showno less. After the show ended, he was able to segue into other popular TV series of the time, such as Hangin' with Mr.