Image: The Cosby Show


'The Cosby Show'

Ever wonder what happened to the fun family of the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show”? Find out if they’re still in Hollywood’s limelight — or out of the spotlight.

Bill Cosby as Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

Bill Cosby

The show: “The Cosby Show” was about the Huxtables, an upper-middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, and how Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable and his lawyer wife, Clair, raised their five children and taught them the lessons of life.

Played: Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable, a gentle, fun-loving, still-a-kid-at-heart obstetrician.

Since then: Acted in various films (“Ghost Dad” “Meteor Man”) and TV series (“A Different World,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” “Cosby”); wrote books such as “Come on, People,” and advocated for young black people to live up to their potential.

  • Share
Phylicia Rashad as Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable

Phylicia Rashad

Played: Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable, a no-nonsense, sweet-but-tough attorney.

Since then: Performed in numerous Broadway shows, including “Dreamgirls,” “Gem of the Ocean,” “A Raisin in the Sun” (for which she won a Tony Award), and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” More recently, she became a celebrity spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

  • Share
Sabrina LeBeauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux

Sabrina LeBeauf

Played: Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, the Huxtables’ eldest child, who was smart, philosophical and a graduate from Princeton.

Since then: She enrolled in the UCLA Professional Interior Design Program and eventually opened up her own interior design business. In addition to acting in many Shakespeare productions, she also took part in The Complete Works Festival at the Royal Shakespeare Company in England.

  • Share
Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall

Lisa Bonet

Played: Denise Huxtable Kendall, the rebellious, free-spirited daughter who always changed her look and her boyfriends.

Since then: Bonet divorced her rock star husband Lenny Kravitz and changed her name legally to Lilakoi Moon. She also acted in such films as “Enemy of the State” (1998), “High Fidelity” (2000), and “Biker Boyz” (2003). She had a daughter (Lola Iolani Momoa) and a son (Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa) with her actor boyfriend, Jason Momoa. Most recently, she starred in the short-lived ABC series “Life on Mars” in 2008-09.

  • Share
Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore Aloysius "Theo" Huxtable

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Played: Theo Huxtable, Cliff and Clair’s only son. Athletic and obsessed with impressing girls, Theo was loosely based on Bill Cosby’s real-life son Ennis.

Since then: Warner continued his career in television by acting and directing in such series as “Malcolm & Eddie,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Listen Up!” In 2007, he released his second CD entitled, “Love & Other Social Issues.”

  • Share
Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe

Played: Vanessa Huxtable, Cliff and Clair’s bright, inquisitive fourth child. Vanessa was loosely based on Bill Cosby’s real-life daughter Ensa.

Since then: She hosted daytime talk show “The Tempestt Bledsoe Show” in the mid ‘90s and lost 19 pounds on “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2006. She has also continued to act on TV, where her credits include “The Practice,” Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine,” “South of Nowhere” on teen channel The N, and the animated Disney Channel series “The Replacements.”

  • Share
Raven-Symoné as Olivia Kendall


Played: Olivia Kendall, precocious stepdaughter of Denise Huxtable. She was the daughter of Martin Kendall, who divorced her birth mother Paula, married Denise, and moved in with Cliff and Clair Huxtable.

Since then: Went on to costarring roles in “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and Disney Channel’s “Cheetah Girls” TV-movies before graduating to her own Disney Channel sitcom, “That’s So Raven.” Raven-Symone has also had a highly successful music career, with four studio albums to date.

  • Share
Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Played: Rudy, the baby of the Huxtable clan. In Season 2, Pulliam drew an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the youngest actress ever nominated for an Emmy.

Since then: Played various guest roles in TV series and films as well as appearing in celebrity versions of “Fear Factor” and “The Weakest Link.” She currently plays Miranda on the TBS comedy series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” for which she won a 2009 NAACP Image Award.

  • Share
Sabrina LeBeauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux

Erika Alexander

Played: Pam Tucker, a cousin of Clair Huxtable's who came to live with the Huxtable clan after her mother moved to California. At first Pam was a fish out of water, but she soon became accustomed to the Huxtables’ upper- middle-class lifestyle and close relationships.

Since then: Costarred with Whoopi Goldberg in civil rights drama “The Long Walk Home” (1990) and appeared in “The Mahabharata,” the 1989 version of the ancient Indian epic. She is best known for her five-year stint as Maxine Shaw on the Fox sitcom “Living Single,” for which she won two NAACP Image Awards.

  • Share