Born William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., Bill Cosby is an author, stand-up comedian, actor and activist. These rare photos of young Bill Cosby feature his high school years and early acting career. He began doing stand-up comedy in cities like New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and San Francisco. While his career as a comedian was successful, he was made famous after creating the popular television show “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” and forever landed in our hearts after his role in “The Cosby Show,” which aired from 1984 to 1992. The show was named the top show in America for five consecutive years. After the show ended, Cosby produced a spin-off show called “A Different World.” He then became the host of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” for a two-year period. Not only did Bill Cosby achieve success in Hollywood; he also achieved success in the educational arena after earning his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Take a look at these cool photos of Bill Cosby when he was young.