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Bill Cosby's solemn tweet to mark his 75th birthday

Bill Cosby has been entertaining crowds for generations. Photo: Simon Meaker/EMPICS Entertainment

American comedy legend Bill Cosby has celebrated his 75th birthday today.

The cantankerous star of 1980s hit The Cosby Show launched his career two decades earlier as a stand-up comic.

Bill Cosby with the cast of his eponymous hit show. Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser

He was soon a television trailblazer as he broke down racial barriers to earn a starring role on US prime time in I Spy.

Cosby has gone on to spread his talents as an author and leading campaigner on social and educational issues.

The 75-year-old has been honoured beyond comedy for his humanitarian work. Credit: PA

But his life was hit with tragedy when his only son Ennis was murdered in Los Angeles in 1997.

Responding to his new landmark age today, Cosby tweeted: