Bill Cobbs

Actor, Car salesman
Stalwart African-American player who has lent his comfortably weathered features and world-weary demeanor to many supporting roles on stage and screen. Cobbs convinces whether playing stubborn yet dignified fathers ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (121)

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2015 (Movie)

Mr. Randolph (Actor)

Dear Secret Santa 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Reginald (Actor)

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

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Sweet Deadly Dreams 2014 (Movie)

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Three Days to Vegas 2014 (Movie)

Marvin Jeffries (Actor)

Back In The Game 2013 (Tv Show)

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Go On 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

Master Tinker (Actor)

The Ultimate Life 2013 (Movie)

Ted Hamilton (Actor)

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

The Tenant 2011 (Movie)

Rymer (Actor)

Get Low 2010 (Movie)

Rev. Charlie Jackson (Actor)

The Glades 2010 (Tv Show)

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Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

Frank Vermilion (Actor)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

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Army Wives 2008 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

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One Tree Hill 2008 (Tv Show)

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A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

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Duck 2007 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

October Road 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Morgue 2007 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Theophillis 'Ted' Hamilton (Actor)

Black Filmmaker Showcase 2006 (Tv Show)

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Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Reginald (Actor)

Derby Stallion 2005 (Movie)

Houston Jones (Actor)

Enterprise 2005 (Tv Show)

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Lost 2005 (Movie)

Jeremy's Boss (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Yes, Dear 2005 (Tv Show)

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Soul Food 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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10-8 2003 (Tv Show)

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A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Blues Musician (Actor)

JAG 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1990 - 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

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Enough 2002 (Movie)

Jim Toller (Actor)

My Wife and Kids 2002 (Tv Show)

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Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Lloyd (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The West Wing 2002 (Tv Show)

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girls club 2002 (Tv Show)

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High Incident 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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I'll Fly Away 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Philly 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Michael Richards Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Designing Women 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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For Your Love 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Others 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Practice 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears 1998 (Movie)

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Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 (Movie)

Estes (Actor)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

The Gregory Hines Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Wild Thornberrys 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Air Bud 1997 (Movie)

Arthur Chaney (Actor)

Soulmates 1997 (Movie)

Mr Williams (Actor)

The Wayans Bros 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Divas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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ER 1996 (Tv Show)

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Ed 1996 (Movie)

Tipton (Actor)

First Kid 1996 (Movie)

Speed (Actor)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Charlie Evers (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Del Paxton (Actor)

Fluke 1995 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

Malt (Actor)

Captiva Island 1994 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

I'll Fly Away: Then and Now 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Tuesday Morning Ride 1994 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Zachary Lamn (Actor)

Carolina Skeletons 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Moe's World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Oscar (Actor)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

Devaney (Actor)

New Jack City 1991 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

Raggedy Man (Actor)

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

Grandpa Booker (Actor)

Exiled in America 1990 (Movie)

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Homeroom 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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January Man 1989 (Movie)

Detective Reilly (Actor)

Bird 1988 (Movie)

Dr Caulfield (Actor)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

Jesse Johnson (Actor)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

Man in Coffee Shop (Actor)

The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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My Man Bovanne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Suspect 1987 (Movie)

Judge Franklin (Actor)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

Klebenov's Dishwasher (Actor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

Orvis (Actor)

The Stiller and Meara Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Compromising Positions 1985 (Movie)

Sergeant Williams (Actor)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Big Joe Ison (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Man in Lunchroom (Actor)

The Member of the Wedding 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich 1977 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Greased Lightning 1977 (Movie)

Mary's Father (Actor)

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

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Decoration Day (TV Show)

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For All Time (TV Show)

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Johnny Bull (TV Show)

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Man With a Gun (TV Show)

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Nightjohn (TV Show)

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Out There (TV Show)

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Rage of Angels (TV Show)

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Thrill (TV Show)

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Biography

Stalwart African-American player who has lent his comfortably weathered features and world-weary demeanor to many supporting roles on stage and screen. Cobbs convinces whether playing stubborn yet dignified fathers, melancholy denizens of bars and pool halls, or sympathetic authority figures. A latecomer to acting, Cobbs began in community theater in his native Cleveland while working as a car salesman. He moved to New York where he worked with the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company. He made his Broadway debut in "The First Breeze of Summer" and later appeared in Anthol Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom".

Relationships

James Baskett

Cousin

Milestones

2013

Played Master Tinkerer in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role

2011

Acted in feature film reboot of "The Muppets"

2010

Appeared in direct-to-video family feature "The Search for Santa Paws"

2006

Cast opposite Ben Stiller in adventure comedy "Night at the Museum"

2002

Landed recurring role on ABC comedy series "The Drew Carey Show"

2001

Played recurring role of Chaplain Matthew Turner on "JAG" (CBS)

2000

Landed regular role on NBC sic-fi drama "The Others"

2000

Appeared regularly on short-lived "The Michael Richards Show" (NBC)

1997

Returned to series TV as regular on CBS sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show"

1994

Landed pivotal role of Moses the clock man in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1991

Appeared as a regular on acclaimed NBC drama series "I'll Fly Away"

1990

Co-starred with James Garner in "Decoration Day" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation

1989

Appeared as a regular on "Homeroom," a short-lived ABC sitcom

1988

Landed first recurring role in a TV series, playing the Dutchman on highly regarded ABC sitcom "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"

1987

Starred opposite Ruby Dee in "My Man Bovanne," a segment of "Ossie and Ruby" directed by Ossie Davis

1982

Appeared in Broadway production of "Master Harold...and the Boys"

1982

Landed first substantial TV role in "The Member of the Wedding," a presentation of "NBC Live Theater"

1978

Made in TV debut in NBC biographical miniseries "King"

1977

First notable film credit, "Greased Lightning"

1975

Broadway debut, "The First Breeze of Summer"

1969

Moved to NYC where he began working with the Negro Ensemble Company

Served in U.S. Army just after the Korean War

Started acting at age 35 while working as a used car salesman in his native Cleveland, OH

Performed in community theater

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