Stars Born and Raised in Philly

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  • Will Smith
  • Jill Scott
  • Bill Cosby
  • Amber Rose
  • Lee Daniels
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Boyz II Men
  • Eve
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Beanie Sigel
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Paul Robeson
  • Kevin Hart
  • The Roots

Bill Cosby

Arguably one of the most influential comedians to ever live, Cosby got his humble start at Central High in Philly. Admitting he "hit rock bottom" at 19, he credits his time at Temple University with turning his life around. He has been a champion of education ever since, and even frequently drops in on local high schools in Philly to inspire kids.

(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation)

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