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Also Known As: Keisha Knight Died:
Born: April 9, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, model

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Child actress Keshia Knight Pulliam grew up in front of America as Rudy Huxtable, the adorable youngest daughter on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). With a winning smile and a quick wit matched only by her TV dad, Bill Cosby, Pulliam's performance landed her in the record books at that time as the youngest actor nominated for an Emmy award. After the series ended, Pulliam appeared on reality shows and acted in independent films. She then shed her little girl image in the comedy "Beauty Shop" (2005) and with her dramatic turn as a heroin-addicted prostitute in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" (2009). Most remarkable of all, however, was how Pulliam avoided the traps of drugs and crime that had befallen so many other child stars during her career.

Child actress Keshia Knight Pulliam grew up in front of America as Rudy Huxtable, the adorable youngest daughter on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). With a winning smile and a quick wit matched only by her TV dad, Bill Cosby, Pulliam's performance landed her in the record books at that time as the youngest actor nominated for an Emmy award. After the series ended, Pulliam appeared on reality shows and acted in independent films. She then shed her little girl image in the comedy "Beauty Shop" (2005) and with her dramatic turn as a heroin-addicted prostitute in Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" (2009). Most remarkable of all, however, was how Pulliam avoided the traps of drugs and crime that had befallen so many other child stars during her career.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Death Toll (2008)
3.
 Gospel, The (2005)
4.
 Beauty Shop (2005) Cast
6.
 Polly Comin' Home! (1990) Polly
7.
 Polly (1989) Polly
9.
 Little Match Girl, The (1987) Molly
10.
 The Last Dragon (1985) Sophia
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career appearing in print ads and TV commercials
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Made acting debut on an episode of the children's show, "Sesame Street"
1984:
Played Rudy Huxtable on popular NBC sitcom, "The Cosby Show"; garnered an Emmy (1986) nomination for Supporting Actress
1985:
Appeared in the feature film, "The Last Dragon"
1987:
First leading role was in the NBC TV-movie, "The Little Match Girl"
1989:
Starred in the Debbie Allen-directed TV-movie, "Polly" (ABC)
1990:
Reprised role of Polly in the sequel "Polly Comin' Home!" (NBC)
2002:
Starred in the TV-movie, "What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway"
2005:
Appeared opposite Queen Latifah in the comedy, "Beauty Shop"
2007:
Cast as Calvin's girlfriend-turned-wife in the TBS series, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"
2009:
Appeared in "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail"
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Education

Foxcroft School: Middleburg , Virginia -
Spelman College: Atlanta , Georgia - 2001

Notes

Pulliam received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Cosby Show" for the 1985/86 season. She has also been nominated as Best Young Actress in the Nickelodeon Awards.

Pulliam's other television credits include "Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa", "Motown Returns to the Apollo" (both 1985), "Polly", "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (both 1989) and "Polly Comin' Home" (1990).

Pulliam credits much of her young success to her parents, who manage her career: "If you're young, you should always do what you're told." This doesn't mean, however, that she doesn't have ambitions for herself: "I want to be a pilot....A pilot and a doctor....I think I'll be a doctor half of the time and a pilot a quarter of the time. And most of the time, I'll be an actress!" (Quoted in "TV Guide", December 19, 1987)

"I truly love and enjoy this business and believed that I would be able to return. But if not, it wasn't in God's plan."---Pulliam on leaving acting to focus on school, quoted in Venice magazine, April, 2005.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Pulliam Sr. Business manager. Manages his daughter's career.
mother:
Denise Pulliam.
brother:
James Pulliam Jr. Born c. 1983.

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