William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.- Phylicia Rashad’s ex-husband

William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.

William Lancelot Bowles, Jr. is the ex-husband of Phylicia Rashad. William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.’s ex-wife is an American actress, singer, and stage director. She is known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show which earned her Emmy Award nominations in 1985 and 1986. She was dubbed “The Mother Of The Black Community” at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards and played Ruth Lucas on Cosby.

William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.: Bio Summary

Full NameWilliam Lancelot Bowles, Jr.
famous asEx-husband of Phylicia Rashad
Age N/A
Date of BirthN/A
Place of Birth United States of America
Zodiac signN/A
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityAfrican American
Children William Lancelot Bowles III
Spouse Phylicia Rashad (m. 1972–1975)

Who is Phylicia Rashad’s ex-husband?

Not much about William Lancelot Bowles, Jr.’s early life is documented. As a result, crucial details such as his actual date of birth and the identity of his parents are not available. Bowles, Jr. is a dentist but he is very popular for being the ex-husband of Hollywood actress Phylicia Rashād.

William is the first man to take Rhylicia to the altar. The couple has not spoken publicly about the circumstances under which they met and started their relationship, however, according to Whodatedwho, they dated for 4 years after getting together in 1968.

The couple got married on May 13, 1972, in a beautiful ceremony attended by their friends, family, and loved ones. They had one son, William Lancelot Bowles III, who was born the following year. He was named after his father, but as a child, he was referred to as “Billy.” Phylicia was 24 years old when she had her son.

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According to PEOPLE, the family lived in New York, where Bowles worked as a dentist while Phylicia was pursuing a career on Broadway. Though they started as a happy couple, things got sour along the line and the couple called their marriage a quit in 1975. They were married for three years. The reason behind their divorce was not made public.  Billy was a toddler when his parents ended their marriage and he lived with his mother.

Even though he was married to a high-profile Hollywood personality, Bowles was very private about his life and after their marriage came to an end, Bowles, Jr. went totally out of the limelight. His ex-wife on the other hand moved on and got married to Victor Willis (original lead singer of the Village People, who she met during the run of The Wiz) in 1978. This marriage also didn’t last long as they divorced in 1982.

The actress moved on once again and fell in love with former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād. He proposed to her during a pregame show for a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day football game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions on November 28, 1985. The couple got married on December 14, 1985. It was a third marriage for both of them and she took his last name.

They had a daughter, Condola Phylea Rashād, who was born on December 11, 1986, in New York. The couple divorced in early 2001.

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William Lancelot’s ex-wife, Rashad is a vegetarian. In May 2021, Rashad was appointed dean of Howard University’s Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. In June 2021, her comments supporting the release of her former co-star Bill Cosby from prison were criticized. 

Some called for Howard University to revoke her appointment, and Howard University stated that “Personal positions of University leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies.” Rashad later apologized in an email to Howard University students and their parents.

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