The embtalled comedian served in the Navy for years before he was honorably discharged in 1960. The G.I. Bill gave him the opportunity to go to college and he completed a master's degree at the University of Massachussetts. Cosby's love of education drove him to donate millions to universities, including many historically Black colleges, and influenced his comedy.
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