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CosbyActor and activist Bill Cosby cut his teeth as a comedian who got his start in television as one half of a groundbreaking duo on thecrime drama, “I Spy.” Cosby and co-star Robert Culp quietly changed the dynamics of television when they portrayed two spies — one white, the other African-American — who masqueraded as a tennis pro and his mentor.
“I Spy” was the first time America saw an interracial pairing on television in which both characters were cast as equals. The two actors decided early in the 1965 premiere season that they would make a statement about race relations by not addressing the groundbreaking casting choice at all. Cosby and Culp would portray a world where ethnicity wasn’t a factor
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Posted March 1, 2011 by dmacc502 in Cosby, Robert Culp, United States

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