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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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Night at the Museum
(2006)
The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard Devaney
(1992)
Oz the Great and Powerful
(2013)
The Color of Money
(1986)

Filmography

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 2017 Sabora Mi (filming)
Bill
 2017 The Interims: When Between Time & Place (announced)
Desmond Jeffries (rumored)
 2017/I The Weight (Short) (post-production)
Ezra Thomas
 2015 Beyond the Silence (completed)
Judge Johnson
  Bill and the Eco Stars Adventures (Video short) (filming)
Bill
 2018 Fly (TV Series) (announced)
Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt / Vernon Wyatt
- Crash!, Part 2 (2018) ... Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt
- Ignorance or Hate (2018) ... Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt
- Mi Familia (2018) ... Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt
- What Lies Beneath (2018) ... Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt
- Turbulence, Ep.1 (2018) ... Vernon 'Pop' Wyatt
 2017 The Carmichael Show (TV Series)
Vernon
- Evelyn and Vernon (2017) ... Vernon
 2017 Dino Dana (TV Series)
Mr. Hendrickson
- I Dig History - Dinomite (2017) ... Mr. Hendrickson
- Dino Defender - Dino Days of Summer (2017) ... Mr. Hendrickson
 2016-2017 Greenleaf (TV Series)
John McCready / Henry McCready
- Strange Bedfellows (2017) ... John McCready
- A House Divided (2017) ... John McCready
- What Are You Doing Here? (2016) ... Henry McCready
- One Train May Hide Another (2016) ... Henry McCready
 2017 FuN? (Short)
Monte
 2016 New Life
Mr. Charles
 2016 The Mastermind 5 (TV Series)
The Mentor
 2016 Call Me King
Malachi
 2015 The Ultimate Legacy (TV Movie)
Mr. Theodore Hamilton
 2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Mr. Randolph
 2015 A House Is Not a Home
Paul
 2015 Hand of God (TV Series)
Papa Gene
- The Tie That Binds (2015) ... Papa Gene
- Contemplating the Body (2015) ... Papa Gene
 2014 Christmas in Palm Springs
Gabriel
 2014 Of Mind and Music
Stompleg
 2014 Tiffany at Breakfast (Short)
Him
 2014 Rake (TV Series)
Judge Rutchland / Federal Judge
- Mammophile (2014) ... Judge Rutchland
- Jury Tamperer (2014) ... Judge Rutchland
- Cannibal (2014) ... Federal Judge
- A Close Shave (2014) ... Judge Rutchland
 2014 The Bay (TV Series)
Boyd Bloom
- Episode #1.6 (2014) ... Boyd Bloom
 2014 Clipped Wings, They Do Fly
Judge Johnson
 2014 On Angel's Wings
Mr. Dupac
 2013 Dear Secret Santa (TV Movie)
Ted
 2013 Vampires in Venice
Dr. Dooley
 2013 Back in the Game (TV Series)
James
- Night Games (2013) ... James
 2013 The Last Letter
Pastor (as Bill T. Cobbs)
 2013 The Ultimate Life
Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
 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
 2013 Oz the Great and Powerful
Master Tinker
 2012 Branch Line (Short)
Conductor
 2012 Lukewarm
Thomas
 2012 The Undershepherd
Dr. Ezekiel Cannon
 2011 The Muppets
Grandfather
 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 Search for Santa Paws (Video)
Mr. Stewart
 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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Harry Bastille
- Young Man with a Horn (2008) ... Harry Bastille
 2008 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
Gus
 2008/II The Dark Horse (Short)
Quincey
 2008 Army Wives (TV Series)
Harry
- The Messenger (2008) ... Harry
 2008 Players at the Poker Palace (TV Series short)
Bill
- A Couple of Black Yankees (2008) ... Bill
 2008 The Morgue (Video)
George
 2008 This Man's Life (Short)
Myer Truman
 2008 Grim Abdication (Short)
Enforcer
 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
 2007 Three Days to Vegas
Marvin Jeffries
 2006 Night at the Museum
Reginald
 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 Star Trek: Enterprise (TV Series)
Dr. Emory Erickson
- Daedalus (2005) ... Dr. Emory Erickson
 2005 Inner Demon (Short)
Arnold
 2004/I 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
 2001-2003 JAG (TV Series)
Chaplain Matthew Turner
- A Merry Little Christmas (2003) ... Chaplain Matthew Turner
- Posse Comitatus (2003) ... Chaplain Matthew Turner
- Port Chicago (2002) ... Chaplain Matthew Turner
- Answered Prayers (2001) ... Chaplain Matthew Turner
 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
- Maybe Baby (2003) ... Bernie Carpenter
- The Nutty Confessor (1996) ... Norval Stevens
 2003 A Mighty Wind
Blues Musician
 2003 The Division (TV Series)
Mr. Greene
- Strangers (2003) ... Mr. Greene
 2002 My Wife and Kids (TV Series)
Minister
- The Anniversary: Part 2 (2002) ... Minister
- The Anniversary: Part 1 (2002) ... Minister
 2002/I Enough
Jim Toller
 2002 Sunshine State
Dr. Elton Lloyd
 2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
Alan Tatum
- Enemies Foreign and Domestic (2002) ... Alan Tatum
 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 Rugrats (TV Series)
Uncle Charles
- A Rugrats Kwanzaa (2001) ... Uncle Charles (voice)
 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.
 1999 Random Hearts
Marvin
 1997-1999 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Joe Dell / Second Elder
- Fathers & Sons (1999) ... Joe Dell
- The Camp (1997) ... Second Elder
 1997-1999 The Gregory Hines Show (TV Series)
James Stevenson
- Anita the Hun (1999) ... James Stevenson
- Get Smarter (1999) ... James Stevenson
- Mug the One You're With (1998) ... James Stevenson
- Wahunthra (1998) ... James Stevenson
- Per Chance to Dance (1998) ... James Stevenson
 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 Paulie
Virgil the Janitor
 1998 Always Outnumbered (TV Movie)
Right Burke
 1997 Air Bud
Arthur Chaney
 1997 High Incident (TV Series)
Emmett
- Starting Over (1997) ... Emmett
 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 That Thing You Do!
Del Paxton
 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)
Jeff
 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
 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
Moses
 1993 Fatal Instinct
Man in park (uncredited)
 1993 I'll Fly Away: Then and Now (TV Movie)
Lewis Coleman
 1993 Demolition Man
Zachary Lamb - Aged
 1993 Coach (TV Series)
George
- Why So Happy, Hayden? (1993) ... George
 1991-1993 I'll Fly Away (TV Series)
Lewis Coleman
- Commencement (1993) ... Lewis Coleman
- Comfort and Joy (1992) ... Lewis Coleman
- Since Walter (1992) ... Lewis Coleman
- Fragile Truths (1992) ... Lewis Coleman
- Freedom Bus (1992) ... Lewis Coleman
 1992 The Bodyguard
Devaney
 1992 Exiled in America
Abraham White
 1992 Roadside Prophets
Oscar
 1991 The People Under the Stairs
Grandpa Booker
 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 / Charlie
- Papa Was a Rolling Stone (1990) ... Henry / Charlie
 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
 1987-1988 The Slap Maxwell Story (TV Series)
The Dutchman
- Episode #1.22 (1988) ... The Dutchman
- Episode #1.21 (1988) ... The Dutchman
- Episode #1.20 (1988) ... The Dutchman
- Episode #1.19 (1988) ... The Dutchman
- Episode #1.18 (1988) ... The Dutchman
 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
 1984 The Cotton Club
Big Joe Ison
 1983 Silkwood
Man in Lunchroom
 1983 Trading Places
Bartender
 1983 Rage of Angels (TV Movie)
Abraham Wilson
 1982 The Member of the Wedding (TV Movie)
T.T. Williams
 1979 The Hitter
Louisiana Slim
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1978)
 1977-1978 Baby... I'm Back! (TV Series)
Att. Adam Johnson
- Living Proof (1978) ... Att. Adam Johnson
- Pilot (1977)
 1977 Greased Lightning
Mr. Jones
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
George Gillard
- Evans Versus Davis (1976) ... George 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
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Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (5 credits)

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(1990s) Radio: Commercials for Carl's Jr. hamburger restaurants. See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill T. Cobbs

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California. See more »

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Star Sign:

Gemini

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