Cosby honoured

Bob Hope award for education work

Bill Cosby will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this month's Emmy Awards.

It is the second time the honour has been handed out, after talk-show host Oprah Winfrey received the inaugural award last year.

"Bill Cosby, like Hope, has not only made Americans laugh over a long career, but he has also used his stardom to shine a light on strengthening the family values which make our country great," National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman Bryce Zabel said.

"With Bob Hope's passing from the scene so recently, it's more important than ever to see the torch passed to others who embody his commitment to good works."

As well as his comedy work 66-year-old Cosby has been a long-time supporter of education through a foundation set up in memory of his son Ennis, murdered when he was targeted by muggers in 1997.

Ray Romano, of Everybody Loves Raymond, will present the award on September 21.

Published: 12 Sep 2003

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