Comedian Bill Cosby has been selected as the recipient of the Bob Hope HUMANITARIAN AWARD at this month's (SEP03) Emmy Awards.

Cosby, 66, is the second recipient of the award given by the academy in honour of Hope, who died in July (03) at the age of 100. Talk show host OPRAH WINFREY received the inaugural award last year (02).

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS + SCIENCES chairman BRYCE ZABEL (corr) says, "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."

Cosby, whose role in 1960s series I SPY saw him become the first black actor featured in a drama, has supported education through donations to colleges and scholarships and the HELLO FRIEND-ENNIS WILLIAM COSBY FOUNDATION, named after his son who was killed in 1997.

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND star Ray Romano will present the award to Cosby at the ceremony on 21 September (03).

12/09/2003 19:27