Comedian Bill Cosby

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 10, 2001

Is it true that comedian Bill Cosby is a high school dropout?
—Nancy D., Iowa

Yes and no. Cosby, 63, left high school to join the Navy, and earned his diploma through correspondence courses. He later went to college on a football scholarship. After college, Cosby started performing his comedy routine and went on to star in the weekly television show I Spy. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the 1970s to study how children learn, and received a doctorate in education. He has remained involved in educational causes, frequently donating large sums to educational institutions. He donated $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta in 1989. During his career, he has won four Emmy awards, eight Grammy awards, the NAACP Image Award, and is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences.