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Rudy Huxtable
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Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight Pulliam) is Cliff and Clair Huxtable's youngest child on the series.
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Born: September 27, 1979
youngest of five children born to Cliff and Clair Huxtable
Related to: Cliff Huxtable (father)
Clair Huxtable (mother)
Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux (sister)
Elvin Tibideaux (brother-in-law)
Denise Huxtable-Kendall (sister)
Martin Kendall (brother-in-law)
Theo Huxtable (brother)
Vanessa Huxtable (sister)
Olivia Kendall (step-niece)
Nelson Tibideaux (nephew)
Winnie Tibideaux (niece)
Russell Huxtable (grandfather)
Anna Huxtable (grandmother)

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Character information
Appeared on: The Cosby Show
Episodes appeared in: 177 in series
Character played by: Keshia Knight Pulliam

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable (born September 27, 1979) is the youngest of the Huxtable children - only five years old at the beginning of the series, making her birth year 1979. She comes of age during the course of the show. The part of Rudy is played on the series by Keshia Knight Pulliam.

About Rudy and her friends[]

We get to see a number of Rudy's friends as the series progresses. Among the best known are the taciturn Peter Chiara who repeatedly ran out the Huxtables' front door when frightened; and the chauvinist, blues-loving Kenny, whom she nicknames "Bud", and who always gets advice from his unseen older brother about basically everything. This unfortunately gives him the wrong conception about certain things and gets him in trouble, although he seemed to grow out of it as the series reached its end.

Keshia Knight Pulliam was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in Season 2, becoming the youngest nominee ever. One of her fellow nominees that year was Phylicia Rashad. Neither won.

The Huxtable family was originally going to be two boys and two girls. The youngest child, Rudy, was initially supposed to be a boy, but the character was re-written for a girl (Keshia Knight Pulliam) when no suitable boys auditioned. Rudy grew up to cause a lot of trouble also.


  • Rudy is based on Cosby's youngest daughter, Evin.
  • Rudy is on the show for the longest of all of the children.
  • Jaleel White had auditioned for the role, but Bill Cosby had decided to make Rudy a girl instead of a boy.