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Bill Cobbs

Bill Cobbs

Character actor Bill Cobbs began his acting career relatively late in life after working odd jobs in Cleveland, OH. At the age of 36, he moved to New York and joined the Negro Ensemble Company, making his Broadway debut in First Breeze of Summer. His film career started in the late '70s with small film roles and guest appearances on television. In the early '80s, he worked on several performances for the NBC Live Theatre series and a PBS anthology with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Usually cast as the token old black man dispensing words of wisdom, Cobbs' weathered-yet-honest looks got him several guest spots on TV shows from Good Times to The West Wing. He did end up with a few reoccurring roles on sitcoms like The Slap Maxwell Story, The Gregory Hines Show, and The Michael Richards Show. He even had a part in The Others, the NBC sci-fi drama answer to The X-Files. Perhaps his most memorable television appearance is his role as Regina Taylor's father on I'll Fly Away as well as in the TV movie version I'll Fly Away: Then and Now. Throughout his film career, he has built a long list of credits playing kindly fathers, grandfathers, and even Moses (in The Hudsucker Proxy). He was Whitney Houston's manager in The Bodyguard, an old man in New Jack City, and Grandpa Booker in The People Under the Stairs. Though he appears in nearly all genres of Hollywood films, he occasionally gets meatier roles in made-for-TV dramas like Carolina Skeletons, Nightjohn, and Always Outnumbered. In 2002, he played wisened elders in Sunshine State, Enough, and Sweet Deadly Dreams. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide


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Bill Cobbs Trivia

When was Bill Cobbs born?
Bill Cobbs date of birth: June 16, 1935

What role did Bill Cobbs portray in The Final Patient?
Bill Cobbs played Dr. Daniel Green in The Final Patient

What role did Bill Cobbs play in The Derby Stallion?
Bill Cobbs played Houston Jones in The Derby Stallion

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Always Outnumbered?
Bill Cobbs was Right Burke in Always Outnumbered

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Air Bud?
Bill Cobbs was Arthur Chaney in Air Bud

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Ed?
Bill Cobbs was Tippet in Ed

What role did Bill Cobbs play in The Bodyguard?
Bill Cobbs played Bill Devaney in The Bodyguard

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Night at the Museum?
Bill Cobbs was Reginald in Night at the Museum

What role did Bill Cobbs portray in Nightjohn?
Bill Cobbs played Old Man in Nightjohn

What role did Bill Cobbs play in Ghosts of Mississippi?
Bill Cobbs played Charlie Evers in Ghosts of Mississippi

Who did Bill Cobbs play in The Brother from Another Planet?
Bill Cobbs was Walter in The Brother from Another Planet

What role did Bill Cobbs play in Duck?
Bill Cobbs played Norman in Duck

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Enough?
Bill Cobbs was Jim Toller in Enough

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Man with a Gun?
Bill Cobbs was Henry Griggs in Man with a Gun

Who did Bill Cobbs play in The People Under the Stairs?
Bill Cobbs was Grandpa Booker in The People Under the Stairs

Who did Bill Cobbs play in The Color of Money?
Bill Cobbs was Orvis in The Color of Money

What role did Bill Cobbs play in The Ultimate Gift?
Bill Cobbs played Ted Hamilton in The Ultimate Gift

What role did Bill Cobbs play in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer?
Bill Cobbs played Estes in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Dominick and Eugene?
Bill Cobbs was Jesse Johnson in Dominick and Eugene

What role did Bill Cobbs portray in Sunshine State?
Bill Cobbs played Dr. Lloyd in Sunshine State

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Hope Floats?
Bill Cobbs was Nurse in Hope Floats

What role did Bill Cobbs portray in Roadside Prophets?
Bill Cobbs played Oscar in Roadside Prophets

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Paulie?
Bill Cobbs was Virgil in Paulie

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in The January Man?
Bill Cobbs was Detective Reilly in The January Man

What role did Bill Cobbs play in A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich?
Bill Cobbs played Bartender in A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Random Hearts?
Bill Cobbs was Marvin in Random Hearts

Who did Bill Cobbs play in That Thing You Do!?
Bill Cobbs was Del Paxton in That Thing You Do!

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead?
Bill Cobbs was Malt in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead

What role did Bill Cobbs play in Fluke?
Bill Cobbs played Bert in Fluke

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in The Hudsucker Proxy?
Bill Cobbs was Moses in The Hudsucker Proxy

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Demolition Man?
Bill Cobbs was Zachary Lamb "Aged" in Demolition Man

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Five Corners?
Bill Cobbs was Man in Coffee Shop in Five Corners

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Trading Places?
Bill Cobbs was Bartender in Trading Places

What role did Bill Cobbs play in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three?
Bill Cobbs played Man on Platform in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Suspect?
Bill Cobbs was Arraignment Judge Franklin in Suspect

Who did Bill Cobbs play in Silkwood?
Bill Cobbs was Man in Lunchroom in Silkwood

Who did Bill Cobbs play in New Jack City?
Bill Cobbs was Old Man in New Jack City

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in The Hard Way?
Bill Cobbs was Raggedy Man in The Hard Way

What role did Bill Cobbs portray in Decoration Day?
Bill Cobbs played Gee in Decoration Day

Who did Bill Cobbs play in The Cotton Club?
Bill Cobbs was Bib Joe Ison in The Cotton Club

Who did Bill Cobbs portray in Bird?
Bill Cobbs was Dr. Caulfield in Bird


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