Today’s Black History Fact: Bill Cosby

Did you know: Bill Cosby became the first African-American to star in a weekly dramatic television series when he landed the lead in I Spy? Cosby, who won 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for his role, broke racial barriers when he was cast alongside Robert Culp. Cosby’s character, Alexander Scott, was a top agent for the Pentagon, but posed as a lowly tennis-bum with his partner Kelly Robinson (Culp). The show ran for three seasons and one a Golden Globe for “Best Dramatic Series” in 1967.

Bill Cosby went on to become television’s most beloved dad on The Cosby Show which ran for eight seasons on NBC.