Fat Albert


"Fat Albert" Robertson

Voiced by

TV Series: Bill Cosby (spoken)</br> Michael Gray (singing)

Portrayed by

Kenan Thompson (film)


Mr. Robertson (first name unknown)


Mrs. Robertson (first name unknown)



"Hey Hey Hey!"

[~Fat Albert's signature line, often accompanied by a short sentence, the final word of which rhymes with "hey".]

Fat Albert is the title character and main protagonist of the Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids franchise. He is the heart and soul, and often the conscience, of the Junkyard Gang. In the TV series he is voiced by Bill Cosby himself.

Appearance Edit

Though Fat Albert is depicted as exceptionally obese, he is very active and loves to play sports. He wears a red pullover sweater with a white shirt, bluejeans and white sneakers


Civic-minded and wise beyond his years, Fat Albert works hard to maintain integrity within the gang as well as with others. He never hesitates to go out of his way to help people in need, but also knows when to ask for advice from the adults in his life (particularly his parents or his teacher) if he feels like he is in over his head.

Fat Albert is the lead singer of the Junkyard Band, playing a bagpipe-accordion (made from a funnel, radiator and an airbag), and on occasion plays the bedspring harp, which is normally played by Weird Harold.

Character inspiration Edit

The character of Fat Albert was based on Philadelphian Albert Robertson, a real-life childhood friend of Bill Cosby. Fat Albert first appeared in the story "Buck Buck", which featured in Cosby's 1968 Grammy-winning album Revenge. In the story, Cosby talks about how he and his friends played a game in which one group of guys, one by one, would run and jump on top of another group of guys bunched together in an attempt to "collapse the horse". Cosby and his gang were challenged by another gang in a Buck Buck match, and at the end they called on the 2,000-pound Fat Albert to collapse their opponents' horse. But at the last second their opponents, seeing Albert for the first time (and not wanting him to land on their backs), concede defeat.