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Cosby Show Kids are All Grown Up

Updated on January 27, 2017
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Thelma Raker Coffone is an award winning writer who enjoys writing on a variety topics, especially lighthouses.

The Huxtable Children

The Huxtable Children as they appeared on the Cosby Show
The Huxtable Children as they appeared on the Cosby Show | Source

Cosby Kids Have Moved On

The Cosby Show was a TV comedy that ran for eight seasons from 1984 to 1992 and featured the African-American Huxtable family with five children living in Brooklyn. The head of the clan was Cliff, portrayed by comedian Bill Cosby. Actress Phylicia Rashad played his wife, Clair.

The talented young actors who played the Huxtable children have grown up and moved on. Let's take a look at the actors and where they are now.

Sabrina LeBeauf

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Oldest Daughter, Sondra

The role of Sondra was portrayed by Sabrina LeBeauf, a beautiful young woman who was only 10 years younger than the actress who played her mother. She auditioned against young actress Whitney Houston for the part but was given the winning nod by Bill Cosby despite the closeness in age of LeBeauf and Rashad.

She performs frequently with the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, DC. LeBeauf appeared as a guest star on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation as Ensign Giusti in "Gambit, Part I and II". She also did the voice over for the character Norma Bindlebeep in the animated television series Fatherhood.

LeBeauf, whose beauty reflects her Louisiana Creole descent, was born in New Orleans in 1958. She is divorced and has no children.

Lisa Bonet

Daughter Denise

The role of Denise was played by actress Lisa Bonet. She left the series in 1987 to star in a spin off comedy, A Different World, which was about Denise in college. She returned to the Cosby Show, only to get fired because of being late to work almost daily and unprofessional behavior.

She appeared in several made for TV movies and had roles in the movies High Fidelity and Biker Boyz. Some have described her career as lackluster.

Bonet was born in 1967 and is married to actor Jason Momoa. She is the mother of actress Zoe Kravitz with first husband, singer Lenny Kravitz, and has two children with Momoa.

Although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet professionally, she has legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner of band "Miles Long"

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Theo, the Only Huxtable Son

Malcolm-Jamal Warner starred as Theo, the family's only son. He is an accomplished actor, director, musician and poet. Since the Cosby days, he has had roles in several television shows including the sitcom Malcolm and Eddie. He also portrayed Dr. Alex Reed in the popular show Reed Between the Lines.

Warner performs as a bass player with the jazz band "Miles Long". They have opened for several notable acts, including the late Luther Vandross.

Born in 1970, Warner is single but had a long relationship with actress Michelle Thomas who played his girlfriend, Justine, on the Cosby Show. Thomas died in 1998. He is currently dating actress Regina King.

Tempestt Bledsoe

Cosby Kid Vanessa Huxtable

Tempestt Bledsoe starred in the role of Huxtable daughter Vanessa. Her character was 11 years old when the series began. At the close of the show, she was in her first year of college. Viewers watched her grow into a beautiful young woman from a busybody who was always fighting with her brother and younger sister.

After the finale, she continued her television acting career. She performed roles in two Lifetime Network programs, Strong Medicine and South of Nowhere. In the mid 1990's, she hosted her own daytime talk show, The Tempestt Bledsoe Show. She also had a recurring role on The Practice. In the 2012/2013 season, she starred in a NBC comedy, Guys with Kids.

Bledsoe was born in 1973 and has a degree in Finance, in addition to her acting education. She is single but has had a relationship for over 20 years with actor Darryl M. Bell.

Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Rudy Huxtable ... All Grown Up!
Rudy Huxtable ... All Grown Up! | Source

Youngest Daughter, Rudy - All Grown Up!

Keshia Knight Pulliam was the youngest child, Rudy. She was only 5 years old when the show premiered.

In 1986, she became the youngest actress ever to be nominated for an Emmy award in the best supporting actress category in recognition of her work on the Cosby Show. She was up against some very stiff competition and lost the award to Rhea Perlman of Cheers.

Polls, recent as well as during the heyday of the show, have shown that Rudy was voted the favorite character by viewers.

After the show ended, her family moved to Virginia where she finished school. She performed in several reality shows such as Fear Factor and The Weakest Link. She had a part in the movie Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah and played Miranda in the television show Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

Keshia has formed a non-profit organization, Kamp Kizzy, a summer day camp program for girls who are 11 to 16 years old.

Born in 1979, she married former professional football player, Edgar Hartwell, in January 2016. In July 2016, she announced they were expecting their first child. A week later, Hartwell filed for divorce. In January 2017, she gave birth to a daughter, Ella Grace.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      swilliams I love that show too! I can't believe what a beauty Vanessa has grown up to be. Thank you for your kind words and for reading my hubs!

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      I love the Cosby show! Now that I am older and have kids of my own I realize that everything that Bill Cosby said is true. Great reunion article! Voted up!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Meggan I know what you mean about feeling like you know them! Thanks for reading my hub and for your kind words.

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      Meggan Tropos 4 years ago from United States

      Oh my gosh - I love this show! I keep trying to get my son to watch, but he doesn't see the appeal. How sad for him :) Thank you so much for filling us in on their lives! I feel like I know them all personally, so it is like catching up with old friends.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      This was a real trip down memory lane. The Cosby's are the perfect family.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Michelle thanks for your nice comments. I hope you can get Cosby reruns in your part of the world! Thanks for sharing my hub.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I love this hub!! Thanks for the memories, I really loved the Cosbys when I was younger, Thelma. Pretty much looked forward to these on prime time! Glad to see that most of them are doing well. Sharing here on HP.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I was too old to catch this one when home from school. My favorite "way back then" was the Andy Griffith show!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thanks for the nice comment wetnosedogs. It's fun to see what is happening with child actors.

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Maria I enjoyed seeing them all grown up also. I never cared much for Vanessa but she certainly has become a beautiful young woman.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I loved watching the Cosby Show. I never could figure out a favorite cause I liked them all. Thanks for the interesting hub.

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      flagostomos 4 years ago from Washington, United States

      They just don't make tv shows like they used to. I remember when I was home sick from school, this was my favorite show to watch.

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      this reminds me of my younger days, nice to see them now all grown up too..

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