Bill Cosby

1937 - Today

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William Henry Cosby Jr. ( KOZ-bee; born July 12, 1937) is an American former comedian, actor, spokesman, and media personality. Cosby gained a reputation as "America's Dad" for his portrayal of Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show (1984–1992). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Cosby has received more than 24,157,281 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Bill Cosby is the 5th most popular comedian (down from 3rd in 2019), the 684th most popular biography from United States (down from 644th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Comedian.

Cosby is most famous for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992.

Memorability Metrics

  • 24M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 64.77

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 62

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.77

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Bill Cosbies by language

Over the past year Bill Cosby has had the most page views in the with 2,242,498 views, followed by German (150,400), and Spanish (146,959). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (185.08%), Volapük (102.60%), and Malagasy (68.60%)


Among comedians, Bill Cosby ranks 5 out of 98Before him are Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, and Whoopi Goldberg. After him are Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, George Carlin, Dick Van Dyke, Chevy Chase, Ricky Gervais, and Simon Pegg.

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Among people born in 1937, Bill Cosby ranks 34Before him are Gordon Banks, Bruce McLaren, Abu Nidal, Colin Powell, Alain Badiou, and Karel Schwarzenberg. After him are Jared Diamond, Warren Beatty, Gennady Yanayev, Sajida Talfah, Avram Hershko, and Philip Glass.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bill Cosby ranks 684 out of 20,380Before him are Linda B. Buck (1947), Nancy Pelosi (1940), John Browning (1855), F. Murray Abraham (1939), Chris Isaak (1956), and Jane Russell (1921). After him are Lana Turner (1921), Omar Bradley (1893), Joseph Barbera (1911), George Kennedy (1925), David Bohm (1992), and Irwin Shaw (1913).

Among COMEDIANS In United States

Among comedians born in United States, Bill Cosby ranks 5Before him are Robin Williams (1951), Adam Sandler (1966), Eddie Murphy (1961), and Whoopi Goldberg (1955). After him are Steve Martin (1945), Ellen DeGeneres (1958), George Carlin (1937), Dick Van Dyke (1925), Chevy Chase (1943), Bob Newhart (1929), and Joan Rivers (1933).