This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press and newspaper photographers surrounding Bill Cosby’s life and trial published over the years.


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby earned his first acclaim in 1964 when he won a Grammy for best comedy performance.

Cosby then broke barriers as a star of “I Spy” in 1965. It was the first TV drama to feature a black actor in a leading role.

Overall, Cosby has been part of 14 TV shows including the hit “The Cosby Show.”

His success extended into endorsements during the 1980s and early 1990s, when he was reportedly charging $125,000 an hour for deals.

Although Cosby has received several honors for his work as a philanthropist and educator, he has faced criticism for saying the black community needs to take more personal responsibility and can’t blame their lack of progress on others.

After a jury deadlocked last year in his sexual assault trial, the opening statements in his retrial will begin Monday.

If convicted, the 80-year-old could face years in prison.


This photo gallery was curated by photographers Jacqueline Larma and Michael Sirolly in Philadelphia. On Twitter: @jacquelinelarma


AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AP/lists/ap-photographers

Author photo
The Associated Press
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.