The Cosby Show Cast Today: Bill's Got a Rap Album in the Works



The people behind the The Cosby Show, the standard-bearer of the 1980s American nuclear family, are rolling out the DVDs of each season, with seasons seven and eight arriving on shelves today.

While many avid TV viewers still couch it for a few hours every couple of weeknights, some of us just wait until the whole damn season comes out on DVD. Then we can have marathon viewing sessions by ourselves (losers) or with other people at a watch party (also, kind of losers).

Because The Cosby Show is on a few times a day now, the Huxtables remain -- at least in my estimation -- a part of the American pop-culture lexicon well into the '00s. And despite Bill Cosby's controversial comments about the state of black America, he's still pretty damn funny and endearing as Heathcliff Huxtable. For many who grew up watching the show, I'd venture to guess he was the dad they always wanted, but maybe did not have around. For fathers, he was likely a role model.

So what are members of the fam up to today? Here's a quick rundown.

Bill Cosby (Cliff Huxtable): The Cos' is putting out a rap album?!?! What? Called "State of Emergency," you can read about it here. Cosby's musical projects go back more than 30 years, but to record an album of rap music -- a genre where many of today's top-selling artists promote the violent, materialistic themes Cosby has railed against -- already has his critics buzzing.

Cosby is going to be in Branson in October, and for between $212 and $301, you can see him live.

Phylicia Rashad (Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable): The lawyering mom on the show recently starred in a new version of A Raisin In The Sun on ABC in February. Also starred P-Diddy, Sean Combs, who got less-than-stellar reviews. Rashad, on the other hand, was praised in this Wall Street Journal review by Dorothy Rabinowitz: "[The] cast led by Ms. Rashad, superbly authoritative, impossibly attractive as Lena, is no small part of the reason 'Raisin' flies by with lightning speed."

Sabrina Le Beauf (Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux): The eldest Cosby child. She owns her own interior design business, these days, according to open-source encyclopedia She's also been tapped to play a character named Leila in the movie The Stalker Within," though details are hard to come by.

Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable Kendall): The second-oldest. Remember when she eloped with Lenny Kravitz in 1987? (They divorced in '93). Was also in A Different World. She legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon in 1995, but kept the Bonet moniker for TV. And this just in (well, in December): She's been cast in an upcoming Coen brothers film, Gambit, due out in 2009.

Malcom Jamal-Warner (Theo Aloysious Huxtable): Anyone with a TV likely knows he's had a steady acting career since The Cosby Show ended its run. He was recently in Fool's Gold, which debuted in theaters in February starring that stale big-screen duo Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The movie could have used more Theo. He's married to Karen Malina White, who appeared in seasons seven and eight of The Cosby Show.

Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable): She was on Celebrity Fit Club in 2006; reports state she lost 19 pounds during the VH1 embarrassment-athon. Going back into the '90s, Bledsoe had her own talk show in 1995, but that lasted only a few months before being axed.

Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable): The youngest of the Cosby clan, and a character known for her spunk, Pulliam -- who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy at age six -- was most recently in the TBS sitcom House of Pain.

-Nick Lucchesi


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