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3. He Was the First African American to Star in a Television Series

Although we think of Cosby as a funnyman, his early success was in the TV action adventure series I Spy from 1965 to 1968. He played an undercover CIA agent alongside Robert Culp. At the time, it was a trailblazing move to cast an African American in a leading role. He won three Emmy’s in a row for his work on the show. In his first acceptance speech, he thanked NBC for “having guts” to hire him in a non-stereotypical role.

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