William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, musician and activist.
A veteran stand-up performer, Cosby in 1965 landed a starring role in the action series I Spy, becoming one of the first African-American performers to star as a main character in a scripted comedy or drama. He is also well known for creating Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a widely hailed animated series depicting a group of African-American youths growing up in a Philadelphia ghetto; and The Cosby Show, a 1980s situation comedy about an affluent African-American family living in Brooklyn.
He has also served as an advocate for African American youth and education, and is involved in many humanitarian causes.
A scandal that significantly affected the Cosby brand occurred when numerous women publicly accused Cosby of sexual abuse, eventually resulting in a guilty verdict.
Cosby first appeared in "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater", where Cosby was shown in a The Cosby Show cutaway as Dr. Huxtable, responding by making silly faces when Theo tells him that he got a girl pregnant, he continued to do so until his head popped off.
He later appeared as host for the show, Kids Say The Darndest Things, in "Brian Does Hollywood".
In "Hell Comes to Quahog", Quahog 5 News reports of a planned rolling blackout. Diane Simmons refers to an electric cooperative as The Electric Company and a parody of the opening plays, which included Bill Cosby as a cast member.
He is also mentioned in "The Man with Two Brians" when the Griffin family is sitting on their couch and New Brian shows the family a video of Bill Cosby tackling a midget and subsequently beating him.
Peter plans to break into his mother's old home to retrieve his teenage porn stash wearing what he believes to be Bill Cosby masks in "Peter, Chris, & Brian", but they are really those of Barack Obama.
The family watches The Cosby Show in "Peter's Sister", updated to show the entire cast and guest stars doped up after his sex scandal became public.
When Santa Claus concedes that Peter wasn't the worst Santa in "How the Griffin Stole Christmas", he holds up a copy of Jet magazine with Bill Cosby dressed as Santa on the cover, proclaiming him as the worst Santa.
Bill appears as jester "Sir William of Cosby" in Queen Victoria's court in "V is for Mystery". During his performance, he is applauded by the men while the women have passed out, which he notes he will get away with for another 122 years.
The guys watch Marvel's The Offenders, a parody of The Avengers featuring sexual predators in "HTTPete" led by Bill. Woody Allen asks if Matt Damon will be coming but is told by Cosby that he won't, but is aware of what is happening, referring to a speech made defending some sexual predators and men in general in Hollywood.
Referring to the actor's Keratoconus, which changes the shape of the corneas and can lead to blindness, Peter mentions looking at Bill in his single eye while in the Rhode Island State Prison in "Shanksgiving".