Despite its comedic tone, the show sometimes involves serious subjects, like Theo's experiences dealing with dyslexia, inspired by Cosby's dyslexic son, Ennis. BET's Centric (another Viacom unit), along with Bounce TV, ceased airing reruns of The Cosby Show. He also insisted that the program be taped in New York City instead of Los Angeles, where most television programs were taped. Two albums were produced that included various theme and background music from the show.  The series finale (taped on March 6, 1992) aired during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, with Cosby quoted in media at the time pleading for peace. In 2010, The New Victory Theater presented Irwin with the first-ever New Victory Arts Award. The Cosby Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television. Stars: Rob Morrow, Barry Corbin, Janine Turner, Elaine Miles, and Bill Irwin He has appeared in over 20 films, mainly in supporting roles. The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom co-created by and starring Bill Cosby, which aired in Thursday nights for eight seasons on NBC between September 20, 1984, until April 30, 1992. " TV Guide also ranked it 28th on their list of 50 Greatest Shows.  The Cosby Show was based on comedy routines in Cosby's stand-up comedy act, which in turn were based on his family life. Writer: Susannah Grant . Lindstrom normally appears on the show while counseling main character Lieutenant Olivia Benson. In December 2014, the Magic Johnson-owned network Aspire removed the show from its lineup..  The original season-seven opening, with slight modifications, returned to use in the beginning of season eight. Theatre: End Game, King Lear, Waiting for Godot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005 Tony Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia; Bye, Bye Birdie; Fool Moon; Largely New York; Scapin; The Tempest; Garden of Earthly Delights; Texts for Nothing; The Seagull; A Man’s A Man; 3 Cuckolds. There were 201 episodes and an outtakes special produced and aired, spanning eight seasons. As of 2013, these releases have been discontinued, and are now out of print. The Cosby Show (TV Series 1984–1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. In 2017 and 2018, he appeared in the FX television series Legion.  They have an adopted son, Santos Patrick Morales Irwin, who was born in 1991.  Old Hats won the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.  He credits his experience with the Circus, performing in schools under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), as having made him a working artist. Whitney Houston was also considered for the role of Sondra Huxtable, but was unable to commit to the full-time television production schedule in the NBC contract, as she was intending to be a full-time music recording artist.. In the year 1987, Irwin appeared in the TV series, The Cosby Show starting with Erika Alexander, Raven-Symone, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lisa Bonet and more. With Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe. Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow...Right!  At ABC, they had overseen sitcoms such as Mork & Mindy, Three's Company, and Welcome Back, Kotter. It contains interviews with cast members, bloopers, deleted scenes and audition footage. Irwin spent a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as an exchange student. Irwin’s television credits include Bill Irwin: Clown Prince for PBS’s “Great Performances,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Northern Exposure,” “Sesame Street,” Elmo’s World, The Regard of Flight for PBS, “Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony,” “The Cosby Show,” The … , Cosby originally proposed that the couple should both have blue-collar worker jobs, with the father a limousine driver, who owned his own car, and the mother an electrician. THE COSBY SHOW; NORTHERN EXPOSURE (Season 3, Episode 9 and Season 4, Episode 6) Director: Michael Katleman. As time went on, this moved to lower-profile timeslots, independent station and minor network affiliates.  Denise later became a recurring character on The Cosby Show for seasons four and five, and a regular again in seasons six and seven. Ross Brown. Bill Irwin (April 11, 1950 – present) Bill Irwin – International Clown Hall of Fame 1999 Inductee. Bill Cosby strongly disapproved of Bonet appearing in the film, but she was allowed to retain her role on A Different World until returning to The Cosby Show after her pregnancy. He has also appeared on The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live, … Sign in with Facebook Sign in with email. He is also known as Mr. Noodle on the Sesame Street segment Elmo's World, has appeared in the Sesame Street film short Does Air Move Things?, and regularly appeared as a therapist on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.. 18 Episodes 1992. 1 Episode 1984. Due to legal complications regarding the background mural, the opening for season seven (filmed in August 1990) was replaced with the one from the previous season. Seasons One and Two contain special features, including the ninety minute retrospective documentary entitled The Cosby Show: A Look Back, which aired on NBC in May 2002.  In 2014, he guest starred in the episode "The One Percent Solution" of CBS' Elementary. 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To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With. At the same time, barter syndicator The Program Exchange ceased distributing the show. The interior of the Huxtables' home features an entirely different living room from subsequent episodes, and different color schemes in the dining room and the master bedroom. THE COSBY SHOW; CONFIRMATION (HBO) Director: Rick Famuyiwa . Cosby's character is called "Clifford" in the early episodes of the first season, but his name was later switched to "Heathcliff". *Phylicia Rashad was credited as "Phylicia Ayers-Allen" during season one and the first fourteen episodes of season two. The series is also available on FilmRise, Prime Video, and Sling TV. During its original run on NBC, it was one of five successful sitcoms on the network that featured predominantly African-American casts. (1981−87); Leonard Lightfoot, and later Franklyn Seales and Alfonso Ribeiro on Silver Spoons (1982−86), Cherie Johnson on Punky Brewster (1984–88), Kim Fields on The Facts of Life (1979−88), and Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on Diff'rent Strokes (1978–85). Throughout the remainder of the series, the dining room is reserved for more formal occasions. Irwin's principal film roles include playing Eddie Collins in Eight Men Out, which tells the true story of the "Black Sox" gambling scandal of 1919, and My Blue Heaven, a 1990 comedy with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. Five other NBC sitcoms of that time also featured black actors and actresses in lead starring or supporting roles — Nell Carter and Telma Hopkins on Gimme a Break! The children are not the best audience and are not impressed. In 2006, Irwin played the solitary Mr. Leeds in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water and had a small role in 2007's Across the Universe. In the United States, The Cosby Show began its television syndication run in September 1988 in broadcast syndication, shortly before the show's fifth-season premiere, and was at the time distributed by Viacom; many stations that carried the series were Big Three television networks affiliates. Bill Irwin full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. He appeared in 2002 with Sally Field in the replacement cast of The Goat or Who is Sylvia? The other sitcoms were 227 (1985–90), Amen (1986–91), Cosby Show spin-off A Different World (1987–93), and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–96). My Father Confused Me... What Must I Do? Irwin's most notable television roles have been Enrico Ballati, "The Flying Man", on the television series Northern Exposure, Mr. Noodle in the Elmo's World segment of the PBS children's show Sesame Street, and the "Dick & Jane" serial killer Nate Haskell on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Fellow superstation WGN America began carrying the series shortly thereafter, and continued to until September 2010. For Largely New York, he won a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation in 1988, and an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award in 1989. His authentic vaudevillian skills landed him a role in the Sam Shepard film Silent Tongue in 1994, and he appeared in film adaptations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Laramie Project and A Midsummer Night's Dream. 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Irwin was also featured in HBO's 1997 production Subway Stories. The legendary comedian is still at the top of his game in his series' fourth season. Hakkımızda; 2004 yılında Divxplanet domain adıyla başlayan gelenek, daha sonra altyazi.org ve şimdi de planetdp.org olarak devam ediyor. In 2013, he teamed with his occasional partner David Shiner to create and perform in the Off-Broadway "clowning revue-with-music" Old Hats along with actress and musician Nellie McKay.  Largely New York (1989), Fool Moon (1993),The Harlequin Studies (2003), and Mr. Fox: A Rumination (2004). What Must I Do? Robinson Frank Adu. In 1992, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Texts for Nothing. In 2020 he appeared as Su'Kal in Star Trek: Discovery. , Reruns of The Cosby Show have been pulled from several networks and venues as a result of Bill Cosby sexual assault cases. Bill Irwin is known to a lot of people as a lot of things: actor, dancer, performance artist, vaudeville clown, producer, writer, director, choreographer and to youngchildren as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street. Initially, the new program dealt with Denise's life at Hillman College, the fictional historically black colleges and universities from which her father, mother, and paternal grandfather had graduated.  In 2005, he starred as George alongside Kathleen Turner in a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. They are the only ones in the audience. The Cosby Show spent five consecutive seasons as the number-one rated show on television. The show was aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984, until April 30, 1992.  With advice from his wife Camille Cosby, though, the concept was changed so that the family was well-off financially, with the mother a lawyer and the father a physician. 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" In 2004, the Signature Theatre Company, New York, received a $40,000 NEA grant for "the world premiere production of 'Mr. , Irwin's first featured film role was in 1980, appearing as Harold Hamgravy in Robert Altman's Popeye starring Robin Williams. Directed by Jay Sandrich. THE COSBY SHOW; SESAME STREET (1993-2009) Creator: Joan Ganz Cooney. ... Bill Irwin. Irwin was also featured in HBO's 1997 production Subway Stories. , During the third season of the show, actress Phylicia Rashad was pregnant with her daughter Condola Rashād. 11 Episodes 1991. The matriarch is his wife, lawyer Clair Huxtable. For season four, the theme song music was performed by musician Bobby McFerrin.. Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!  However, it was criticized by others, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., for allowing white audiences to think that racism and poverty were problems of the past.  He graduated from Oberlin College in 1974 and attended Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College the following year. Nathan Lane and Jonathan Demme spoke at the ceremony. , The show's spin off, A Different World, dealt with issues of race more often.  He was honored for "bringing the arts to kids and kids to the arts." Bill Irwin.  In 1979, Irwin left the company to pursue stage work. In 1996, Irwin performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps at the 1996 Summer Olympics, in a "band on the run" sequence where he played Dr. Hubert Peterson of the fictitious Federation of United Marching Associations of America..  In 1993, this show had already won a Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience" and an Outer Critics Circle "Special Achievement" Award. 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Rather than write this pregnancy into the character of Claire Huxtable, the producers simply greatly reduced Rashad's scenes or filmed in such a way that her pregnancy was not noticeable. He was the son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason and Tyler Ritter.Ritter is known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three's Company (1977–1984), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. They were: They were dubbed "Cosby sweaters", a term that is used to describe sweaters that are generally deemed garish and unappealing. Raven-Symone has not spent any of her Cosby Show money after getting her big break on the series over 30 years ago.  Irwin also appeared on the television series Sleepy Hollow, playing the character of Atticus Nevins.  In May 2008, Cosby's daughter Evin auctioned a batch of the sweaters that her father had kept on eBay. He directed the 1998 Roundabout Theatre Company production of A Flea in Her Ear. In 2011, Millennium quietly released season one uncut in Region 1, which featured the special features from The Complete Series set. Outside of his work on his cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Cosby was doing little in film or television, but Carsey and Werner were fans of Cosby's stand-up comedy and thought it would be the perfect material for a family sitcom. The Carsey-Werner Company handles domestic distribution, while CBS Television Distribution handles international distribution of the series, and has done so since 1997. On November 5, 2013, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series. In the pilot, the Huxtables have only four children. , The earliest episodes of the series were videotaped at NBC's Brooklyn studios (subsequently JC Studios). Irwin was also featured in HBO's 1997 production Subway Stories. The show focuses on an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York..  As a result of the Bill Cosby sexual assault cases, Malcolm-Jamal Warner has stated that the show's legacy is "tarnished". Billy Thomas Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. +Prior to joining the cast as a regular, Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl, a potential boyfriend for Sondra in season two (episode: "Cliff in Love").  The patriarch is Cliff Huxtable, an obstetrician and son of a prominent jazz trombonist. TBS, then a national cable superstation, carried the series for nearly a decade beginning in 1999. Unfortunately, the kids are bored stiff by the sparsely attended show--until emcee Eddie Bartholomew (played by master mime Bill Irwin) goes into his eye-popping routine. Jonathan Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian. Bill Irwin was born on April 11, 1950, in Santa Monica, California, to Elizabeth (Mills), a teacher, and Horace G. Irwin, an aerospace engineer.  The network later sold that building, and production moved to the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. He was featured in the 1988 music video of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin (along with McFerrin and Robin Williams) and the 1996 music video of "Let Me into Your Heart" by Mary Chapin Carpenter. All eight seasons of The Cosby Show have been released on DVD in Region 1. In November 2014, TV Land pulled the series from its lineup. The Cosby Show and All in the Family are the only sitcoms in the history of the Nielsen ratings to be the number-one show for five seasons.  On September 1, 2015, Mill Creek released a sixteen disc complete series set entitled The Cosby Show – The Complete Series.. 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