From 1984 to 1992, “The Cosby Show” told the story of an affluent and ever-expanding family who lived in a Brooklyn Brownstone. It’s hard to just forget about a show that was so popular and iconic, which is why we’re wondering: what ever happened to the cast of “The Cosby Show?”
Bill Cosby (Character: Cliff Huxtable)
Everyone’s favorite TV pudding pop, Bill Cosby, played Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable on the show. Two years after the show ended, Cosby picked up where he left off by starring in another series. “The Cosby Mysteries” premiered in 1994, and featured Cosby playing the role of an NYC police detective. In 1996, Cosby paired-up with former “Cosby Show” co-star, Phylicia Rashad for the sitcom, “Cosby,” which lasted four seasons. These days, Cosby is busy writing books, hosting events, speaking at schools, and going on the occasional comedy tour.
Phylicia Rashad (Character: Claire Huxtable)
Four years after the Brooklyn brownstone closed its doors for good, Rashad landed the role of Ruth Lucas on “Cosby.” Rashad has also appeared on other sitcoms, including“Everybody Hates Chris.” Rashad’s 2004 turn in a Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun” made her the first ever African-American actress to win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
Sabrina Le Beauf (Character: Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux)
Whitney Houston was originally offered the role of the Huxtable’s eldest daughter, Sondra, but turned it down to focus on her music career – and in walked Sabrina Le Beauf. After “The Cosby Show” ended, Le Beauf made a brief appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and voiced a character in the animated series, “Fatherhood,” but has otherwise left TV behind to focus on theater and running her own interior design business.
Lisa Bonet (Character: Denise Huxtable Kendall)
Now legally named Lilakoi Moon, Lisa Bonet got her own spinoff, “A Different World” in 1987. Bonet left that show as well after just one season to have a child with musician, Lenny Kravitz. Bonet mostly starred in made-for-TV movies after her departure from “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World,” and also landed roles in feature films such as “Enemy of the State” and “High Fidelity.” From 2008 to 2009, Bonet acted on “Life on Mars.”
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Character: Theo Huxtable)
Somewhere in re-runs at this very moment, Theo is still trying to hide his earring and crying over his Gordon Gartrell shirt. After “The Cosby Show” wrapped, Warner starred in the popular sitcom “Malcolm and Eddie” from 1996 to 2000 and then in the series “Jeremiah” from 2002 to 2004. In addition to acting, Warner is also an accomplished performance poet and singer who released two albums in 2003 and 2007.Warner is currently in a relationship with actress, Regina King, who played Brenda on the ‘80s sitcom, “227.”
Tempestt Bledsoe (Character: Vanessa Huxtable)
After the show ended, Bledsoe got her own daytime talk show in the mid-‘90s, “The Tempestt Bledsoe Show.” It lasted one season and Bledsoe went on to appear on “The Practice” and “The Parkers.” Bledsoe is in a relationship with actor Darryl M. Bell, who played Ron Johnson, Jr. on “Cosby Show” spinoff, “A Different World.” The couple appeared together in the reality show, “Househusbands of Hollywood” in 2009.
Keshia Knight Pulliam (Character: Rudy Huxtable)
On the urging of “Dr. Cosby,” Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable, pursued higher-education after the show ended and graduated from Spelman College in 2001. Pulliam has since returned to the small screen, appearing on celebrity editions of reality shows such as “The Weakest Link” and “Fear Factor.” More recently, she played a prostitute in the 2009 movie, “Madea Goes to Jail” and a former scam artist in “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
Raven-Symoné (Character: Olivia Kendall)
One year after “The Cosby Show”ended, Symoné released her debut album, “Here’s to New Dreams” at eight-years-old. She went on to juggle her singing career with acting until getting her big break in the sitcom, “That’s So Raven” in 2003. In 2006, she acted in and served as co-executive producer in the made-for-TV movie, “For One Night” alongside Whitney Houston. In 2012, Symoné landed a role in the musical “Sister Act” which is her Broadway debut.
The final episode of “The Cosby Show” featured Cliff and Claire dancing cheek-to-cheek through their living room and then straight beyond the show’s set to the stage lights and cheering audience. A fitting end (one might call it a “Cliff” hanger) to one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time.