News dropped today that Bill Cosby will be sentenced this week for 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby faces as much as 10 years behind bars, and as little as probation. Countless women have come forward accusing the ‘Cosby Show’ actor of drugging and sexually assaulting them, and many have testified in court. While this news is extremely disappointing to the black community who looked to Cosby as a father figure, we’ve decided to look at the bright side. Despite the allegations that Cosby is facing, we can at least acknowledge those talented individuals that took Cosby’s blessing and ran with it to become successful in their own right. So here are 10 celebrities who may owe the start of their careers to Cosby but managed to be successful long-term all on their own!
1. Malcolm Jamal WarnerSource:WENN
Malcolm was an original cast member on ‘The Cosby Show’ but he went on to star in several sitcoms including ‘Malcolm and Eddie’ and currently has a recurring role on NBC’s ‘The Resident’.
2. Kadeem HarrisonSource:WENN
Kadeem had the benefit of being the main character in ‘Cosby Show’ spin-off ‘A Different World’ as Dwayne Wayne. Since the shows end he has consistently had TV roles, from films like ‘The Dark Part’ in 2013 to the Disney Channel’s ‘KC Undercover in 2018.
3. Jasmine GuySource:WENN
Also a star of ‘A Different World’, Guy has had recurring television consistently, and recently. She’d has roles in series such as ‘The Quad’ as well as ‘Superstition just over the last year.
4. Raven SymoneSource:WENN
Raven Symone after starring in ‘The Cosby Show’ as a small child took over the kids show circuit with her hit show ‘Thats So Raven’. More recently she’s been seen on the reboot of the show called ‘Raven’s Home’ which is currently airing on Disney Channel
5. Jada Pinkett SmithSource:WENN
Jada Pinkett Smith became a bonafide movie star after her small role in ‘A Different World’. From films like ‘The Matrix’ to ‘Girls Trip’ she’s had several films cross $50 million at the box-office.
6. Eddie MurphySource:WENN
Eddie to this day credits the superstardom level of his career to the early blessing he received from Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
7. Marisa TomeiSource:WENN
Marisa Tomei turned her small role in ‘A Different World’ into a lucrative film career that has spanned decades. She was most recently seen in Marvel’s ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’.
8. Kenan ThompsonSource:WENN
Before his Emmy winning performances on ‘Saturday Night Live’, Kenan Thompson played the title character in Cosby’s ‘Fat Albert’ adaptation.
9. Allen PayneSource:WENN
Allen Payne has had a consistent career since his small role in ‘The Cosby Show’, you may recognize him from ‘Vampire in Brooklyn’, ‘CB4’ or more recently Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne.
10. Geoffrey OwensSource:WENN
Despite what you may have heard, Owens has been pretty busy since his recurring role on ‘The Cosby Show’. Since then he’s had roles in ‘Blacklist’, ‘Law and Order’, and ‘Elementary’.