William Henry Cosby Jr. AKA Bill Cosby was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is one of four boys born to a maid and a server in the U.S. Navy. His father was absent for a large portion of his childhood away in the U.S. armed forces, so Cosby relied mainly on his mother. He was known as the class clown and was always a stand out athlete. He was captain of his school’s track and field team as well as for the baseball team while he attended Mary Channing Wister Public School. Cosby was also the class president.