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That Time Mark Hamill Worked With Bill Cosby: ‘My Very 1st Job as a Professional Actor’

That Time Mark Hamill Worked With Bill Cosby: ‘My Very 1st Job as a Professional Actor’
A long time ago, before Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker and Bill Cosby was a convicted sex offender, their careers crossed paths on a 1970 TV show. Hamill described the moment on Twitter Tuesday.

Comedian Tim Barnes posted video Monday of a scene from “The Bill Cosby Show,” which ran from 1969 to 1971 and starred Cosby as Chet Kincaid, a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles High School. Hamill played a poetry-loving student who was gentle-hearted, but willing to throw down (very ineffectually) when pushed to his limits.

“Thought it was an April Fools’ prank, but no — there somehow Is footage of @HamillHimself acting with Bill Cosby in a TV show from 1970,” Barnes wrote as he shared the video.

Also Read: Mark Hamill to Voice Chucky in 'Child's Play' Reboot

Thought it was an April Fools' prank, but no — there somehow Is footage of @HamillHimself acting with Bill Cosby
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Nathaniel Taylor Dies: "Sanford And Son" Sidekick Rollo Was 80

Nathaniel Taylor Dies:
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known for playing smooth-talking sidekick Rollo Lawson on 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son, died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

His death was announced on social media by his friend, the music promoter Alonzo Williams. According to Williams, the actor was hospitalized on Feb. 23 after suffering a heart attack.

Although Taylor had a few small guest roles on television in the early ’70s – credited as Jita Hadi on The Bold Ones and The Bill Cosby Show – it was his recurring role on the 1972-77 Sanford and Son that brought lasting fame among the show’s still-considerable fan base. His Rollo, a streetwise character typically dressed in the snazziest of hip clothes, was the best friend of Demond Wilson’s Lamont Sanford and forever the target of often-justified scorn and mistrust of Redd Foxx’s Fred Sanford.
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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80

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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor who played Rollo Lawson on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

As part of the recurring cast on “Sanford and Son,” Taylor appeared in 32 episodes from 1972 through 1977. Taylor’s character, Rollo Lawson, was Lamont Sanford’s best friend and often a target of Fred Sanford’s ire, who believed Rollo was a criminal since he had spent time in jail. Taylor went on to have a role as part of the main cast in season one of the short-lived “Sanford and Son” spinoff “Sanford,” which aired from March 1980 to June 1981.

Taylor also appeared in “Sanford and Son” star Redd Foxx’s eponymous sitcom, “The Redd Foxx Show,” as the first version of Jim-Jam. The series was canceled after 12 episodes due to low ratings.

In addition to his work in the “Sanford” universe,
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‘The Cosby Show’ Reruns Still Available on Amazon Prime One Week After Guilty Verdict

‘The Cosby Show’ Reruns Still Available on Amazon Prime One Week After Guilty Verdict
Well, if you are still interested in watching old episodes of “The Cosby Show” — as well as “The Bill Cosby Show” and “Cosby” — we know where you can find them. One week after Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, these sitcoms are still available for streaming on Amazon Prime, here, here and here.

The shows were still accessible on the site as recently as 1:20 p.m. Et Thursday.

Representatives for Amazon did not respond to TheWrap’s multiple requests for comment on the programs’ statuses with the streaming service, and whether or not they would be pulled.

Also Read: Camille Cosby Blasts Her Husband's Guilt Verdict as 'Mob Justice'

As TheWrap previously reported, Bounce TV yanked “The Cosby Show” from its rotation last week on April 26, the day the judgment was made against the comedy icon in court. The cabler had aired the program as recently as 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. that same day. It was next scheduled to air the following day in the same time slots, though “The Hughley’s” will now run there instead each weekday.

“Effective immediately, Bounce is pulling ‘The Cosby Show’ from our schedule,” a rep for the network told TheWrap exclusively last Thursday.

Bounce initially picked up reruns of the ’80s and ’90s sitcom in late 2016, citing “popular demand” at the time. The online response to the cable channel’s decision back then was mixed, at best.

TV Land and Bet cable network Centric pulled reruns of the show in 2015, after a deposition surfaced in which Cosby said he obtained Quaalude tranquilizers to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. On the streaming side, Hulu decided not to renew their contract with the show’s production company, Carsey Werner, back in November 2016.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Found Guilty: Here's Where His Civil Cases Stand

A jury found Cosby guilty last week in his retrial over accusations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The judge allowed Cosby to be released on bail on Thursday, which CNN reports was in the amount of $1 million. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Cosby, 80, was re-tried in a Pennsylvania court on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from Constand’s accusation that the comedian drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia. The jury found him guilty in a unanimous vote on all three counts, after going into deliberations last Wednesday. The trial was in its 14th day when the verdict was handed down.

After the verdict was read, prosecutors argued that Cosby should be held without bail, calling him a flight risk because, they said, he owns a private plane. To this, Cosby exclaimed “he doesn’t have a plane, you a-hole.”

Also Read: Some Bill Cosby Accusers Say They Want 'Death' for Convicted Star (Report)

Following, Cosby’s removal from the Television Academy’s website Wednesday, his wife Camille Cosby blasted last week’s sexual assault conviction of her husband, calling it “mob justice.”

In a three-page letter issued Thursday, Cosby’s wife also called for a criminal investigation into what she called an “unethical” prosecution by Kevin Steele, the district attorney in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County who led the retrial of the case following hung jury on the same charges last summer.

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Mark Hamill Finally Receives Star on Walk of Fame

The man, the myth, the legend who is Mark Hamill has finally received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The ceremony which took place yesterday. In attendance where family and cast turned friends to celebrate the career that Mark Hamill has made.

Hamill began his acting career in the 60’s on General Hospital as Kent Murray. He made numerous appearances on TV shows such as The Bill Cosby Show, The Partridge Family, The Scooby-Doo Movies, One Day at a Time and many more. But it was’t until 1977 where George Lucas hired Hamill to star in a low-budget sci-fi film called Star Wars: A New Hope. Hamill would play the baby-faced and ambitious character Luke Skywalker. The film turned out to be a huge success. Hamill would go on to reprise his role has Luke Skywalker for years to come including in 2017’s The Last Jedi.

Aside from Star Wars,
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Bill Cosby Rape Accuser’s Defamation Lawsuit Struck Down

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Bill Cosby Rape Accuser’s Defamation Lawsuit Struck Down
Bill Cosby received good news on the legal front Thursday when a judge struck down a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a woman who also accused him of rape. In an order handed down Thursday, Judge Mark G. Mastroiannia of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts granted Cosby’s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed by former “The Bill Cosby Show” actress Katherine McKee. Also Read: Bill Cosby Says 'Pitchforks' Are Out, Wants to Move His Criminal Trial McKee filed her suit in December 2015, alleging that she was defamed after she came forward with her story about allegedly being raped by Cosby.
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The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story

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The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story
Andrea Constand was the first woman to come forward. In January 2005, the Temple University staffer alleged iconic comedian and TV dad Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her. The media's coverage of Constand's claims petered out following the filing of a lawsuit against Cosby that was eventually settled out of court. Then, some eight years later, more women started breaking their silence, lodging similar complaints against Cosby. Today, more than 50 women have claimed they were victimized by the television legend. Cosby, through his attorneys, has repeatedly denied the allegations. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Cosby to stand trial for
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The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story

The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story
Andrea Constand was the first woman to come forward. In January 2005, the Temple University staffer alleged iconic comedian and TV dad Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her.

The media's coverage of Constand's claims petered out following the filing of a lawsuit against Cosby that was eventually settled out of court. Then, some eight years later, more women started breaking their silence, lodging similar complaints against Cosby.

Today, more than 50 women have claimed they were victimized by the television legend. Cosby, through his attorneys, has repeatedly denied the allegations.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Cosby to stand trial for
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The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story

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The Fall of Bill Cosby: Read People's 2014 Cover Story
Andrea Constand was the first woman to come forward. In January 2005, the Temple University staffer alleged iconic comedian and TV dad Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted her. The media's coverage of Constand's claims petered out following the filing of a lawsuit against Cosby that was eventually settled out of court. Then, some eight years later, more women started breaking their silence, lodging similar complaints against Cosby. Today, more than 50 women have claimed they were victimized by the television legend. Cosby, through his attorneys, has repeatedly denied the allegations. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Cosby to stand trial for
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation – As Another Accuser Comes Forward

Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation – As Another Accuser Comes Forward
Bill Cosby has added Beverly Johnson to the list of seven other women who he is suing for defamation.

In a tweeted statement, Cosby's lawyer revealed on Monday that the lawsuit was brought against Johnson, 63, "for her false, malicious, opportunistic and defamatory accusations that Mr. Cosby drugged her."

The statement continues, saying that the former model's allegations are an attempt to "resuscitate her own career" and gain finances from the attention she's receiving in the media.

Johnson came forward in an interview with Vanity Fair and also details her alleged encounter with Cosby in her new memoir.

My statement
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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation - As Another Accuser Comes Forward

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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation - As Another Accuser Comes Forward
Bill Cosby has added Beverly Johnson to the list of seven other women who he is suing for defamation. In a tweeted statement, Cosby's lawyer revealed on Monday that the lawsuit was brought against Johnson, 63, "for her false, malicious, opportunistic and defamatory accusations that Mr. Cosby drugged her." The statement continues, saying that the former model's allegations are an attempt to "resuscitate her own career" and gain finances from the attention she's receiving in the media. Johnson came forward in an interview with Vanity Fair and also details her alleged encounter with Cosby in her new memoir. My statement
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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation - As Another Accuser Comes Forward

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Bill Cosby Sues Beverly Johnson for Defamation - As Another Accuser Comes Forward
Bill Cosby has added Beverly Johnson to the list of seven other women who he is suing for defamation. In a tweeted statement, Cosby's lawyer revealed on Monday that the lawsuit was brought against Johnson, 63, "for her false, malicious, opportunistic and defamatory accusations that Mr. Cosby drugged her." The statement continues, saying that the former model's allegations are an attempt to "resuscitate her own career" and gain finances from the attention she's receiving in the media. Johnson came forward in an interview with Vanity Fair and also details her alleged encounter with Cosby in her new memoir. My statement
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‘Bill Cosby Show’ Actress Claims Comedian Raped Her in New Lawsuit

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‘Bill Cosby Show’ Actress Claims Comedian Raped Her in New Lawsuit
Bill Cosby was hit with yet another lawsuit on Monday, by a woman who appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” and claimed she was forcibly raped by the comedian. In the suit, filed in federal court in Massachusetts, Kathrine Mae McKee says that she first met Cosby in 1964, and appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” in 1971. The alleged incident took place three years later, in 1974, the lawsuit claims, after Cosby asked her to pick up ribs for him and pick him up at his hotel, after which they went to his friend’s boat party. Also Read: 2015 in Scandals...
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Bill Cosby -- Sammy Davis' Ex-gf Sues ... Cosby Raped Me

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The ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr. has just sued Bill Cosby, claiming he raped her over dinner. Katherine McKee says in 1971, she appeared on "The Bill Cosby Show," where she developed a friendship with the star. Their scene together on the episode below starts at around 7:20. McKee says in 1974, he invited her to his Detroit hotel room, telling her to get some ribs and go to his hotel room. When she arrived, she claims
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‘Boyhood’, ‘Grand Budapest’, ‘Lego Movie’ Score Big At 65th Ace Eddie Awards — Complete Winners List

‘Boyhood’, ‘Grand Budapest’, ‘Lego Movie’ Score Big At 65th Ace Eddie Awards — Complete Winners List
Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, while Citizenfour added the Ace Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature.

The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win over Birdman, which was edited to look like it was shot in a single take and came into the Ace Eddies with strong momentum, having won top honors at both the PGAs and the SAG Awards last weekend. The category had the usual five nominees, but this year’s dramatic feature field was notable for a tie that resulted in six nominees — only the second time the American Cinema Editors has had to
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Bill Cosby's Accusers: A Timeline of Alleged Sexual Assault Claims (Updated)

Bill Cosby's Accusers: A Timeline of Alleged Sexual Assault Claims (Updated)
A firestorm of controversy surrounds comedian Bill Cosby after multiple allegations have surfaced claiming that he sexually assaulted numerous women, with alleged incidents dating as far back as 1969.

The 77-year-old is known around the world for his role as the lovable father Heathcliff Huxtable on the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show, and for having a stand-up comedy career that spans five decades. However, beginning in 2004, various claims of sexual assault and date rape began being leveled against Cosby.

News: Bill Cosby Alleged Rape Victim Speaks Out: 'Why Wasn't I Believed?'

Cosby has never been charged in any criminal case regarding any of these accusations, and through attorneys has repeatedly denied that any of the allegations are true. Cosby himself briefly addressed the claims, telling Florida Today, "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos."

To bring clarity to a complex series of troubling accounts, this timeline
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Calls Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations ''Painful,'' Praises the ''Legendary'' Comedian Amid Controversy

Malcolm-Jamal Warner Calls Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations ''Painful,'' Praises the ''Legendary'' Comedian Amid Controversy
Theo speaks! Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who famously played Bill Cosby's son on The Bill Cosby Show, has broken his silence on the many sexual assault allegations facing the 77-year-old comedian. Speaking to Billboard about the controversial rape allegations against Cosby, the 44-year-old actor and musician said, "He's one of my mentors, and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this." "I can't really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there," Warner...
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New Cosby Accuser Says He Assaulted Her in the 1970s

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New Cosby Accuser Says He Assaulted Her in the 1970s
A new woman is accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, claiming the comedian raped her in his Detroit hotel room in the 1970s. Kathy McKee claims she met Cosby in the late 1960s, when she was dating Sammy Davis Jr. McKee had appeared on The Bill Cosby Show and regularly hung out in the same showbiz circles as the comedian. "He was a buddy," she tells the Daily News. "He knew I was Sammy's girl." McKee claims the alleged assault took place in 1971, after she and Cosby had known each other for eight years. She says Cosby invited her to a boat party and told her to stop by his hotel room with some ribs beforehand. Once she got there, she says, Cosby was "like a different person": He greeted her in just a robe, took the ribs, and immediately began raping her. "It was so fast and so
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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized

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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized
Following multiple allegations of sexual assault and one lawsuit filed, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reportedly been vandalized. (It has since been cleaned, People confirms.) In a viewer-submitted photo obtained by Houston's Fox 26, vandals have purportedly scrawled "rapist" all over Cosby's star on Hollywood Boulevard. Cosby earned the star in 1977 following the success of The Bill Cosby Show, and the educational cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran from 1972 to 1985. This was before he would receive even further critical acclaim for The Cosby Show, which debuted in 1984. Three of Cosby's alleged victims have stepped forward,
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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized

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Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Reportedly Vandalized
Following multiple allegations of sexual assault and one lawsuit filed, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reportedly been vandalized. In a viewer-submitted photo obtained by Houston's Fox 26, vandals have purportedly scrawled "rapist" all over Cosby's star on Hollywood Boulevard. Cosby earned the star in 1977 following the success of The Bill Cosby Show, and the educational cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran from 1972 to 1985. This was before he would receive even further critical acclaim for The Cosby Show, which debuted in 1984. Three of Cosby's alleged victims have stepped forward, with the help of L.
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