Bill Cosby To Perform Oct. 10 At The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Entertainment icon Bill Cosby is the next guest of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan. He will appear at the Mendel Center for the Arts and Technology, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Mich., on Oct. 10.

As a comedian, actor, producer and best-selling author, Cosby was influential in breaking down racial barriers. He became the first black actor in a starring dramatic role on network television, and the first to win an Emmy Award for best actor, for the series "I Spy." (He earned three Emmys for the series.) Cosby was one of the original cast members of the educational children's series "The Electric Company" and later developed the animated series "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

bill cosby click to enlargeBut he may be best known for his most successful work producing and starring in "The Cosby Show," the series about an upper-middle-class black family that appeared on NBC from 1984-1992. The show broke viewing records and TV Guide ranked Cosby's character, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, No. 1 in its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.

Cosby is also a Grammy-winning recording artist for many of his standup routines. He won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Performance six years in a row, including for his album "I Started Out as a Child." He won two more for his recordings for children.

Cosby's writing has made him a best-selling author. His reflections on parenting, "Fatherhood," sold more than 2.6 million copies. He started a series of children's picture books featuring a character named Little Bill in 1997, which also became a children's television program. A frequent speaker at commencement ceremonies and a supporter of education, he has also authored several books about America's education system and earned a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Cosby has received numerous awards for his work and social contributions, including Kennedy Center Honoree (1998), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002), Bob Hope Humanitarian Award (2003) and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2009). He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame (1994).

His visit to The Economic Club will give fans a chance to discover what drives the entertainment icon to make us laugh, make us cry and make us think. To learn more about Cosby, visit

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