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Bill Cobbs


Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his parents were hard-working people, who instilled in him a sense of self-reliance and humility. As an amateur actor in the city's Karamu House Theater, he starred in the Ossie Davis play "Purlie Victorious". Cobbs was an Air Force radar technician for eight years; he also worked in office ... See full bio »

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 2015 Nouvelle Vie (pre-production)
Mr. Charles
 2014 Night at the Museum 3 (filming)
Reginald
 2014 Rake (TV Series)
Judge Rutchland / Federal Judge
- Jury Tamperer (2014) ... Judge Rutchland
- Cannibal (2014) ... Federal Judge
- A Close Shave (2014) ... Judge Rutchland
 2014 On Angel's Wings
Mr. Dupac
 2013 Dear Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Ted
 2013 Vampires in Venice
Dr. Dooley
 2013 The Last Letter
Pastor Barnes
 2013 A House Is Not a Home
Paul
 2012-2013 Go On (TV Series)
George
- Urn-ed Run (2013) ... George
- Matchup Problems (2013) ... George
- Go Deep (2013) ... George
- Comeback Player of the Year (2013) ... George
- Back, Back, Back... It's Gone! (2012) ... George
 2012 Branch Line (Short)
Conductor
 2012 Lukewarm
Thomas
 2011 The Arcadian
Charles
 2011 Harry's Law (TV Series)
Judge
- American Dreams (2011) ... Judge
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series)
Bishop Sanford
- Lonely Hearts (2011) ... Bishop Sanford
 2010 The Glades (TV Series)
Gregory Richmond
- Honey (2010) ... Gregory Richmond
 2010 Stroll (Short)
Clayton
 2010 The Tenant
Jack Rymer
 2009 Black Water Transit
Frank Vermillion
 2009 Steadfast (Short)
John
 2009 Get Low
Rev. Charlie Jackson
 2009 My Summer Friend (Short)
Walter
 2009 HappySAD
Cephas Cordner
 2008 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
Guy with Cards
- Touch Me I'm Going to Scream: Part I (2008) ... Guy with Cards
 2008/II The Dark Horse (Short)
Quincey
 2008 Army Wives (TV Series)
Harry
- The Messenger (2008) ... Harry
 2008 The Morgue
George
 2008 This Man's Life (Short)
Myer Truman
 2007 Side Order of Life (TV Series)
Eddie Morgan
- Separation Anxiety (2007) ... Eddie Morgan
 2007 October Road (TV Series)
Mr. Bolivar
- Forever Until Now (2007) ... Mr. Bolivar
 2006 The Ultimate Gift
Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
 2006 Hard Luck (Video)
Cobb
 2006 Sent (Short)
Doctor
 2006 Sweet Deadly Dreams
Barney
 2005 Special Ed
Lou
 2005 The Final Patient
Dr. Daniel Green
 2005 Yes, Dear (TV Series)
Counterman / Starter
- Barbecue (2005) ... Counterman
- Greg's a Mooch (2005) ... Starter
 2005 The Derby Stallion
Houston Jones
 2005/I Return to Sender (Short)
Saul Burroughs
 2005 Duck
Norman
 2005 Squirrel Man (Short)
Morgan Wendell
 2005 Inner Demon (Short)
Arnold
 2004 Lost
Jeremy's Boss
 2002-2004 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Tony
- Finale (2004) ... Tony
- Asleep at the Wheel (2004) ... Tony
- Sealed in a Kiss (2004) ... Tony
- Bataan Wedding March (2003) ... Tony
- Lewis You Can Drive My Car (2003) ... Tony
 2004 The Mortuary
Franklin Harmon
 2004 Soul Food (TV Series)
Mr. Bradford
- Fear Eats the Soul (2004) ... Mr. Bradford
 2003 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Earl Edmonds
- Mercy, Mercy Me (2003) ... Earl Edmonds
 1996-2003 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Bernie Carpenter / Norval Stevens
- The Nutty Confessor (1996) ... Norval Stevens
 2003 A Mighty Wind
Blues Musician
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
Mr. Greene
- Strangers (2003) ... Mr. Greene
 2002/I Enough
Jim Toller
 2001 A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special (TV Movie)
Uncle Charles (voice)
 2001 Bitter Winter (TV Movie)
 2001 Philly (TV Series)
Warren Bell
- Loving Sons (2001) ... Warren Bell
 2001 Six Feet Under (TV Series)
Mr. Jones
- The Room (2001) ... Mr. Jones
 2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Henry Baldwin
- Band of Angels (2001) ... Henry Baldwin
 2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds (TV Series)
Chet Armatrow
- The Fire Fight (2001) ... Chet Armatrow
 2000 The Michael Richards Show (TV Series)
Jack
- USA Toy (2000) ... Jack
- It's Only Personal (2000) ... Jack
- The Nursing Home (2000) ... Jack
- The Identity Loan (2000) ... Jack
- Discrimination (2000) ... Jack
 2000 For All Time (TV Movie)
Proprietor / Conductor
 2000 The Others (TV Series)
Elmer Greentree
- Mora (2000) ... Elmer Greentree
- Life Is for the Living (2000) ... Elmer Greentree
- $4.95 a Minute (2000) ... Elmer Greentree
- Till Then (2000) ... Elmer Greentree
- The Ones That Lie in Wait (2000) ... Elmer Greentree
 2000 The Practice (TV Series)
Arthur Turner
- Till Death Do Us Part (2000) ... Arthur Turner
 2000 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Reverend James Sr.
- Do Not Resuscitate (2000) ... Reverend James Sr.
 1997-1999 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Joe Dell / Second Elder
- Fathers & Sons (1999) ... Joe Dell
- The Camp (1997) ... Second Elder
 1998-1999 For Your Love (TV Series)
Uncle Stanley
- The Golf War (1999) ... Uncle Stanley
- The Hair Club for Men (1998) ... Uncle Stanley
 1998 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Bob
- What About Bob? (1998) ... Bob
 1998 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Chief
- Dinner with Darwin (1998) ... Chief (voice)
 1998 Hope Floats
Nurse
 1998 Always Outnumbered (TV Movie)
Right Burke
 1997 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Fred Watson
- The Black Widower (1997) ... Fred Watson
 1997 Soulmates
Mr. Williams
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Gino Costa
- Full Contact (1997) ... Gino Costa
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
Charlie Evers
 1996 First Kid
Speet
 1996 Nightjohn (TV Movie)
Old Man
 1996 Stories from the Edge (TV Movie) (segment "Tuesday Morning Ride")
 1996 Thrill (TV Movie)
Norm Duprey
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Mr. Bowman
- The Match Game (1996) ... Mr. Bowman
 1996 Ed
Tipton
 1995 Captiva Island
Vernon
 1995 Tuesday Morning Ride (Short)
 1995 Out There (TV Movie)
Lyman Weeks
 1995 Man with a Gun
Henry Griggs
 1995 Divas (TV Movie)
Sippy
 1995 Fluke
Bert
 1995 The Watcher (TV Series)
 1995 Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (TV Movie)
Pullman Porter
 1994 Northern Exposure (TV Series)
Angelo Maxwell
- The Letter (1994) ... Angelo Maxwell
 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Jerome
- Gesundeit (1994) ... Jerome
 1993 Fatal Instinct
Man in park (uncredited)
 1993 Coach (TV Series)
George
- Why So Happy, Hayden? (1993) ... George
 1992 The Bodyguard
Devaney
 1992 Exiled in America
Abraham White
 1992 Roadside Prophets
Oscar
 1991 Carolina Skeletons (TV Movie)
Elijah Crooks
 1991 True Colors (TV Series)
Bernard Freeman
- Favorite Son (1991) ... Bernard Freeman
 1991 The Hard Way
Raggedy Man
 1991 New Jack City
Old Man
 1990 Moe's World (TV Movie)
 1990 Decoration Day (TV Movie)
Gee Pennywell
 1990 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (TV Series)
Fish Fry Baby
- Rosie Gets the Blues (1990) ... Fish Fry Baby
 1990 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Walker Green
- I'm Nobody (1990) ... Walker Green
 1990 Married People (TV Series)
Willis
- Money Changes Everything (1990) ... Willis
 1990 Designing Women (TV Series)
Henry / Charles
- Papa Was a Rolling Stone (1990) ... Henry / Charles
 1989 Picking Tribes (Short)
Voice-over
 1989 The January Man
Detective Reilly
 1989 Homeroom (TV Series)
Phil Drexler
- The Visitor (1989) ... Phil Drexler
- The Mom Who Came to Dinner (1989) ... Phil Drexler
- He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Sister (1989) ... Phil Drexler
- Mr. Drexler's Neighborhood (1989) ... Phil Drexler
 1988 Bird
Dr. Caulfield
 1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Webb Johnson
- Belle of the Bald (1988) ... Webb Johnson
 1988 Dominick and Eugene
Jesse Johnson
 1987 Suspect
Judge Franklin
 1987 Five Corners
Man in Coffee Shop
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Larry Sills
- If You Knew Sammy (1987) ... Larry Sills
 1986 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
Sam Butcher
- The Goodbye Girl (1986) ... Sam Butcher
- Stage Mother (1986) ... Sam Butcher
 1986 The Color of Money
Orvis
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Wiggins
 1985 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Lee
- Episode #17.30 (1985) ... Lee
 1985 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Barry
- The Distant Fire (1985) ... Barry
 1985 Compromising Positions
Sgt. Williams
 1983 Silkwood
Man in Lunchroom
 1983 Trading Places
Bartender
 1983 Rage of Angels (TV Movie)
Abraham Wilson
 1979 The Hitter
Louisiana Slim
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1978)
 1978 Baby, I'm Back (TV Series)
Att. Adam Johnson
- Living Proof (1978) ... Att. Adam Johnson
 1977 Greased Lightning
Mr. Jones
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
Mr. Gillard
- Evans Versus Davis (1976) ... Mr. Gillard
 1975 First Ladies Diaries: Rachel Jackson (TV Movie)
George
 1975 A Boy and a Boa (Short)
Father
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Man on Platform
Show Show Self (4 credits)

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(1990s) TV commercials (voiceover): Yuban coffee See more »

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Trivia:

Second cousin of James Baskett. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays characters older than he is in real life See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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