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The Akron Civic Theatre will welcome Bill Cosby June 13 at 8 p.m.
Cosby broke television's racial barrier with "I Spy," becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby's childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain.
The former Navy serviceman's illustrious list of accomplishments includes roles on the children's educational show Electric Company and creating and producing the Emmy award winning Little Bill, which is based on his bestselling book series.
Perhaps Cosby's greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is "The Cosby Show," about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. Time magazine called the show "an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race." "The Cosby Show" dominated the No. 1 spot for years. Life magazine described the program as "a gentle, whimsical, warmhearted" show whose "delicious ordinariness of its pleasures and tribulations has given millions a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective on their own domestic lives."
Ticket prices are $67, $57 and $37. Tickets are available at the Akron Civic Theatre box office, by calling 330-253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com.