"The Cosby Show" cast became the preeminent fictional family of the television sitcom world from 1984-1992. Even with Bill Cosby being the Huxtable clan's only formidable star at the time, his comedic creation would soon breed an entire talented family of familiar faces. The members of "The Cosby Show" cast have all had numerous successes outside of their hit TV show—here are the highlights.
Bill Cosby Dr. William Henry Cosby Jr. does not just use education as a positive public relations platform—he leads by example with a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts. Cosby was not just the lead cast member of "The Cosby Show", he was also the contributing writer, executive consultant, music composer, co-creator, and the show's namesake. Prior to the sitcom's success, Bill Cosby had already made his name in television with "I Spy", "The Bill Cosby Show", "The Electric Company", and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." Through his endless work in comedy, television, movies, books, Bill Cosby has earned five Platinum records, eight Gold records and five Grammy Awards.
Phylicia Rashad The older sister of actress and director Debbie Allen has achieved much more than playing Claire Huxtable as a cast member on "The Cosby Show." Phylicia Rashad became the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress (Play) Tony Award for her 2004 theater performance in "A Raisin in the Sun" playing Lena Younger on Broadway. Rashad was then nominated for a Tony Award the following year for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in "Gem of the Ocean" and in 2009, she was presented with an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lisa Bonet." After "The Cosby Show" transformed television, Bill Cosby brought the NBC network a spin-off series starring his Cosby Show cast member Lisa Bonet during her character's college years called "A Different World." Bonet's diverse acting career has contributed to a colorful mix of movies such as: "Angel Heart", "Enemy of the State" and "High Fidelity." While romantically involved with superstar musician Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Bonet gave birth to a talented actress and singer named Zoë Kravitz, who has appeared in "The Brave One", "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "X-Men: First Class."
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Named after civil rights leader Malcolm X and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, Warner played the only Huxtable son as a cast member on "The Cosby Show." Malcolm-Jamal Warner's television career has been extremely fruitful, performing on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Touched By An Angel", "Dexter", "Community", and TV movies including: "Tyson" and "The Tuskegee Airmen." Warner also makes time to perform spoken word poetry. He has been a frequent host of the Midnight Poetry Jam at the National Black Theatre Festival.