Then/Now: The Cast of 'The Cosby Show'

The Cosby kids left behind the safety of the Huxtable home for lives of their own. Let's see how they fared, shall we?

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    Cosby Show: Early First Season

    The Cosby Show ran on NBC from 1984-1992, starring popular stand-up comedian Bill Cosby. He played Dr. Cliff Huxtable, married with five children in an upper-middle class African-American family of five in Brooklyn (oldest daughter Sabrina LeBeauf was added midway through the first season).
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    Cosby Show: Late First Season

    The show centered around the Huxtable household, with OB/GYN Dr. Cliff Huxtable (Cosby), mother and lawyer Clair (Phylicia Rashad), oldest overachiever Sondra (Sabrina LeBeauf), fashionable rebel Denise (Lisa Bonet), troublemaker Theo (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), gossipy Vanessa (Tempestt Bledsoe), and youngest cutie Rudy (Keshia Knight Pulliam).
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    Later Season Cast

    In later seasons, as the cute little kids got older, more family members were added, with the oldest daughters marrying and having children. Raven-Symone added youth to the cast in 1989 as the adorable stepdaughter of Denise.
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    Sabrina LeBeauf: Then

    Sabrina LeBeauf, at 29, was added midway through the first season as college-aged Sondra, oldest child of the the Huxtables.  Her character attended prestigious Princeton University.
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    Sabrina LeBeauf: Now

    Now 51, Sabrina has mostly left acting, and runs her own interior design business.
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    Lisa Bonet: Then

    At 17, Denise starred as popular high schooler Denise, whom her dad claimed had a new boyfriend every week. She later eloped with a divorced naval officer, which caused tension in the family.
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    Lisa Bonet: Now

    Call her Lilakoi Moon. Now 41, Lisa has since changed her name to Lilakoi Moon and named her youngest child, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. Cute Denise Huxtable began shedding her good girl image during the show. In 1987, shocking many Cosby fans, she starred in Angel Heart, which included tons of sex scenes and nudity. As a result of the movie, tensions with Bill Cosby led producers scrambling to create her a spin-off, A Different World, which she left after the first season after she became pregnant by musician hubby Lenny Kravitz. They are now divorced.
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    Malcolm-Jamal Warner: Then

    Playing troublesome but charming Theo, Malcolm-Jamal Warner started on The Cosby Show at age14.
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    Malcolm-Jamal Warner: Now

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner, now 38, has no regrets about The Cosby Show, unlike his big screen sister Lisa Bonet.  He has fond memories of the show, and has found success of his own as a television producer and rap artist.  He also produced a critically-acclaimed AIDS documentary featuring Arsenio Hall and Magic Johnson.
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    Tempestt Bledsoe: Then

    At 11, Tempestt Bledsoe played Vanessa, a gossipy but intelligent school girl who could hold her own with Cliff.
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    Tempestt Bledsoe: Now

    Following the Cosbys, Tempestt starred in her own talk show, but was cut after one season. Now 35, Tempestt Bledsoe is dating Darryl M. Bell, co-star of A Different World.  Both will appear in a reality show on Fox Reality Channel, entitled Househusbands of Hollywood.  
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    Keshia Knight Pulliam: Then

    A 5-year-old cutie, Keisha Knight Pulliam, played Rudy, precocious youngest child of the Huxtable family.  
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    Keshia Knight Pulliam: Now

    Still remembered best as adorable Rudy, Keshia has been trying to erase her good girl image ever since.  She has appeared in nude and lingerie magazine covers, portrayed prostitutes in movies, and currently stars as an ex-con artist in Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
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    Raven-Symoné: Then

    With little Rudy getting older, Raven-Symon, at age 4, added new life to the cast in 1989 as Olivia Kendall, stepdaughter of wayward Denise. Her interactions with step-granddad Cliff harkened back to the show's early years.
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    Raven-Symoné: Now

    Raven has achieved the most success in the past few years at age 23.  With her talents as actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, and television producer, she has appeared in many Disney Channel shows as well as her very own Disney show, That's So Raven. She has also appeared on the big screen, opposite Eddie Murphy in Dr. Dolittle.
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    Cosby Cast: Now, 2002

    The Cosby kids are all grown up now, but they still like to get together with their TV dad now and then.  Here they are reunited in 2002 (sans Lisa Bonet).
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    Malcolm Jamal Warner: Now

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner, now 38, has no regrets about The Cosby Show, unlike his big screen sister Lisa Bonet.  He has fond memories of the show, and has found success of his own as a television producer and rap artist.  He also produced a critically-acclaimed AIDS documentary featuring Arsenio Hall and Magic Johnson.
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