At the height of its popularity, The Cosby Show proved to be a cultural touchstone — a series of characters so relatable that their likability was practically universal. For eight years, fans watched as the Huxtable kids (and a few of their friends) grew up before our eyes. It was impossible not to feel like part of the family, and therefore impossible now not to wonder where the not-so-young-anymore cast is today.
While they didn’t all go on to recapture the glory of their Huxtable days, the stars have enjoyed an impressive measure of success. From talk show gigs to HBO cameos, here’s what the Cosby kids have been up to lately.
Sabrina Le Beauf (Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux)
Sabrina Le Beauf took a step out of the Hollywood spotlight following her years playing eldest daughter Sondra on The Cosby Show. Le Beauf has focused her energy instead on the stage, appearing in productions on and off Broadway, such as Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. She didn’t entirely extricate herself from The Cosby Show fanfare, though. From 2004 to 2005, she voiced the character of Norma Bindlebeep on Fatherhood, an animated series loosely based on the Cosby family. Her last credited screen acting role was in the 2009 thriller The Stalker Within.
These days, Le Beauf lives in Maui, Hawaii and documents her easy, breezy days on the island via her Twitter feed.
Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable)
Was there any teenager in America who wasn’t enamored with Lisa Bonet during her Cosby Show tenure? As Denise, Bonet secured her spot as the free-spirited, wild child of the family. And she’s still giving off that vibe in real life.
At the tender age of 20, she eloped with rocker Lenny Kravitz and had daughter Zoe (who currently stars in the HBO series Big Little Lies). The couple later split but remained friends. In 2007, Bonet married fellow actor Jason Momoa and went on to have two children with him. She has since starred alongside her similarly free-spirited husband in the 2014 TV series The Red Road and 2014 film Road to Paloma. “I always wanted to work with her. She is my dream woman, so… me and Robert [Homer Mollohan, co-writer] wrote it for her,” Momoa told Huff Post Live of casting Bonet in Road to Paloma, adding, “That’s why I became a movie star… so I could meet her.”
Bonet has enjoyed other occasional roles over the years. Most notably, Bonet enjoyed a recurring role on the hit series Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber. Bonet told Indiewire she was honored to have the experience, even if she doesn’t really watch the show. “Raising two wild beautiful rascals, we limit our intake of media,” she explained. “I know that Ray Donovan has a loyal following, and it was a real privilege to take the words of talented writers and bring them to life.”
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo Huxtable)
As Theo Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner deeply endeared himself to audiences and even earned a Primetime Emmy nod. Fun fact? While still playing Theo, Warner began dabbling in directing.
“I started out directing, early on, on Cosby,” Warner said on The Rich Eisen Show, revealing, “I was 18. At the time, I was the youngest director in the DGA [Director’s Guild of America].” Today, Warner has ten directing credits under his belt. He isn’t doing too shabby in the acting department either, currently enjoying a recurring role on The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce as Barbara’s love interest, an interior design guru by the name of Darrell. “I think anybody who works with Malcolm, the first thing they go, ‘Holy cow! I’m working with Theo!’ because that was part of my childhood,” Warner’s co-star Retta, who plays Barbara, shared with The Daily Dish.
Warner is additionally starring in the Kyra Sedgwick-fronted mini-series Ten Days in the Valley, on Suits as Julius Rowe, and has a comedy pilot called Olive Forever in the pipeline. Outside of acting and directing, Warner is also a talented musician. Recently, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by performing alongside jazz legend Herbie Hancock to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. In his personal life, Warner became a dad in 2017 and often gushes over his daughter on social media.
Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable)
Tempestt Bledsoe played the third Huxtable daughter, Vanessa: a young girl full of fashion, dramatic flair, and — let’s face it — a bit of mischief. That playful personality certainly seems to carry over into real life, showing through in the roles Bledsoe has accepted since her time on The Cosby Show. Like, for example, the 2012 animated film ParaNorman, in which she voiced Sheriff Hooper.
“The movie is so emotionally connective. I mean, it just makes you feel… like you can do anything, you can accomplish anything, that it’s okay to be a little bit different. So I’m in love,” she told SuperPopVIP during an interview. That same year also brought the role of a regular on the NBC series Guys with Kids. Bledsoe has dabbled in reality TV too, hosting the organization-oriented reality series Clean House for a year as well as appearing alongside longtime partner Darryl M. Bell on Househusbands of Hollywood.
Impressively, Bledsoe managed to squeeze higher education into her busy schedule, graduating with a degree in finance from NYU’s highly respected Stern School of Business. She did this while filming The Cosby Show, no less. “I never intended to stop [acting],” she told Access Hollywood of attending college. “I really wanted to just experience something different that was going to be of real use to me and take me into a whole other realm.”
Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy Huxtable)
Oh, Rudy, who could forget you? Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam was the plucky child star that brought this precocious Cosby kid to life — arguably so well that fans have trouble seeing her as anyone else, as her acting roles have been limited since her time as Rudy. Her career was composed mostly of bit parts and straight-to-video movies until she scored the role of Miranda Payne in House of Payne from 2007 until 2012. She continues to act but also devotes a good portion of her time to outside endeavors such as her podcast, Kandidly Keshia, and her non-profit group for empowering young girls, Kamp Kizzy.
Sadly, Pulliam is still trying to work her way through her difficult 2016 divorce from former NFL player Ed Hartwell. The couple has one child together, a daughter named Ella Grace born in January of 2017. Of the messy split, Pulliam told Entertainment Tonight, “I am sad that one day my daughter will have to live and experience this. One thing I am not and never will be is anyone’s victim. It’s hard because this is the priority, and especially having a little girl, and the work that I do with women, and I know that I’m teaching her not by what I say, but what I do right now. This is her first lesson in womanhood. I want her to look back and always be proud. I need to give her the right lessons now.”
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