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The Cosby Show Cast List

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The Cosby Show cast list, including photos of the actors when available. This list includes all of the The Cosby Show main actors and actresses, so if they are an integral part of the show you'll find them below. You can various bits of trivia about these The Cosby Show stars, such as where the actor was born and what their year of birth is. This cast list of actors from The Cosby Show focuses primarily on the main characters, but there may be a few actors who played smaller roles on The Cosby Show that are on here as well.

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    Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12...  more
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    Bill Cosby

    The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
    William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author, and convicted sex offender. He held an active career for over six decades before being...  more
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    Eileen Heckart

    The Cosby Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    Eileen Heckart (born Anna Eileen Herbert, March 29, 1919 – December 31, 2001) was an American actress whose career spanned nearly 60 years. She first became known for her role as schoolteacher...  more
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    Erika Alexander

    The Cosby Show, Living Single
    Erika Rose Alexander (born November 19, 1969) is an American actress, writer, producer, entrepreneur and activist best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1990–1992),...  more
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    Angela Bassett

    American Horror Story, ER
    Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress and activist known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do...  more
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    Geoffrey Owens

    The Cosby Show, Built to Last
    Geoffrey Louis Owens (born March 18, 1961) is an American actor known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show (1985–1992). He is the son of former United States Congressman Major Owens....  more
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    Joseph C. Phillips

    The Cosby Show, General Hospital
    Joseph Connor Phillips (born January 17, 1962) is an American actor, writer, and conservative Christian commentator. He is best known for his role as Martin Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The...  more
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    Clarice Taylor (September 20, 1917 – May 30, 2011) was an American stage, film and television actress....  more
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    Keshia Knight Pulliam

    The Cosby Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
    Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable at just the age of 5 to 13, on...  more
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    Lisa Bonet

    The Cosby Show, A Different World
    Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet, November 16, 1967) is an American actress. Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from...  more
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    Danny Kaye

    The Danny Kaye Show, The Danny Kaye Show with Lucille Ball
    Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky; Yiddish: דאַװיד דאַניעל קאַמינסקי‎; January 18, 1911 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, and philanthropist. His...  more
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    Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    The Cosby Show, The Magic School Bus
    Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970) is an American actor, director, producer, musician, and writer. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as...  more
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    Phylicia Rashād

    The Cosby Show, Little Bill
    Phylicia Rashād ( fih-LI-shə rə-SHAHD) (née Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American actress, singer and stage director. She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show...  more
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    Sabrina Le Beauf

    The Cosby Show, Fatherhood
    Sabrina Marie Le Beauf (born March 21, 1958) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sondra Huxtable on the NBC situation comedy The Cosby Show. She has voiced the character Norma...  more
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    Earle Hyman

    The Cosby Show, ThunderCats
    Earle Hyman (October 11, 1926 – November 17, 2017) was an American stage, television, and film actor. Hyman is known for his role on ThunderCats as the voice of Panthro and various other characters....  more
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    Tempestt Bledsoe

    The Cosby Show, Guys with Kids
    Tempestt Bledsoe (born August 1, 1973) is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable, the fourth child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC...  more
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    Iman Abdulmajid

    The Fashion Show
    Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Zara Maxamed Cabdulmajiid; 25 July 1955), mononymously known as Iman, is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A former muse of designers Gianni...  more
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    Malinda Williams

    The John Larroquette Show, Soul Food
    Malinda Williams (born September 24, 1975) is an American actress and producer. She began her career on television, before appearing in films A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), High School...  more
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    The Cosby Show, That's So Raven
    Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (; born December 10, 1985), also known as Raven, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She began her career as a child actress, appearing as Olivia Kendall on...  more
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    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Alice in Wonderland, The New Alice in Wonderland
    Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor, vaudevillian, comedian and activist known for his impressions of actors, musicians and other...  more
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    A Different World, The Redd Foxx Show
    David Adkins (born November 10, 1956), better known by his stage name Sinbad (), is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became known in the 1990s from being featured on his own HBO specials,...  more
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    Sônia Braga

    American Family, As Cariocas
    Sônia Maria Campos Braga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsõnjɐ ˈbɾaɡɐ]; born June 8, 1950) is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known in the English-speaking world for her Golden Globe Award...  more
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    Tatyana Ali

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Young and the Restless
    Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979) is an American actress and singer known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. She has also starred...  more
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    Terry Farrell

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Becker
    Theresa Lee "Terry" Farrell (born November 19, 1963) is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for her role as Jadzia Dax in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and...  more
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    Tichina Arnold

    Raising Hope, Everybody Hates Chris
    Tichina Rolanda Arnold (; born June 28, 1969) is an American actress, comedian and singer. She began her career as a child actor, appearing in supporting roles in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and...  more