Bill Cobbs

Lowest Rated: 0% Ed (1996)
Birthday: Jun 16, 1935
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet My Christmas Grandpa Actor 2017
29% New Life Mr. Charles 2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins Mr. Randolph 2016
71% Of Mind and Music Stompleg $15.6K 2016
No Score Yet The Ultimate Legacy Mr. Theodore Hamilton 2015
No Score Yet Call Me King Malachi 2015
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Reginald $81.6M 2014
No Score Yet Christmas in Palm Springs Gabriel 2014
No Score Yet The Last Letter Pastor 2013
No Score Yet Dear Secret Santa Ted 2013
18% The Ultimate Life Hamilton $1.4M 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful Master Tinker $235M 2013
No Score Yet Branch Line Actor 2013
No Score Yet On Angel's Wings Actor 2013
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Undershepherd Dr. Ezekiel Cannon 2013
No Score Yet Lukewarm Thomas 2012
95% The Muppets Grandfather $88.7M 2011
No Score Yet The Tenant Rymen 2011
85% Get Low Rev. Charlie Jackson $9.2M 2010
No Score Yet No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School Actor 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Actor 2010
No Score Yet Search for Santa Paws Mr. Stewart 2010
No Score Yet The Morgue Actor 2008
No Score Yet Morgue Actor 2008
No Score Yet Duck: Think Outside the Flock Actor 2008
No Score Yet Three Days to Vegas Actor 2007
42% Night at the Museum Reginald $249.4M 2006
32% The Ultimate Gift Ted Hamilton $3.5M 2006
No Score Yet Special Ed Lou 2006
No Score Yet The Derby Stallion Houston Jones 2005
50% Duck Norman 2005
No Score Yet The Final Patient Dr. Daniel Green 2005
87% A Mighty Wind Blues Musician $17.5M 2003
80% Sunshine State Dr. Lloyd $2.9M 2002
22% Enough Jim Toller $39.2M 2002
No Score Yet For All Time Conductor 2000
15% Random Hearts Marvin 1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Estes 1998
26% Hope Floats Nurse $60.1M 1998
62% Paulie Virgil 1998
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered Right Burke 1998
45% Air Bud Arthur Chaney 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Charlie Evers 1996
93% That Thing You Do! Del Paxton 1996
23% First Kid Speed 1996
No Score Yet Thrill Norm Duprey 1996
0% Ed Tipton 1996
No Score Yet Nightjohn Old Man 1996
33% Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Malt 1995
27% Fluke Bert 1995
No Score Yet Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Pullman Porter 1995
No Score Yet Man with a Gun Henry 1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy Moses 1994
61% Demolition Man Zachary Lamb "Aged" 1993
34% The Bodyguard Bill Devaney 1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons Crooks 1992
No Score Yet Moe's World Actor 1992
83% Roadside Prophets Oscar 1992
63% The People Under The Stairs Grandpa Booker 1991
74% The Hard Way Raggedy Man 1991
77% New Jack City Old Man 1991
No Score Yet Decoration Day Gee 1990
No Score Yet Exiled Abraham White 1990
20% The January Man Detective Reilly 1989
80% Bird Dr. Caulfield 1988
80% Dominick and Eugene Jesse Johnson 1988
69% Suspect Arraignment Judge Franklin 1987
78% Five Corners Man in Coffee Shop 1987
31% Streets of Gold Dishwasher 1986
89% The Color of Money Orvis 1986
53% Compromising Positions Sgt. Williams 1985
75% The Cotton Club Bib Joe Ison 1984
88% The Brother from Another Planet Walter 1984
79% Silkwood Man in Lunchroom 1983
86% Trading Places Bartender 1983
No Score Yet Rage of Angels Abraham Wilson 1983
No Score Yet The Hitter Actor 1979
No Score Yet A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Bartender 1978
No Score Yet Greased Lightning Mary's Parent 1977
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Man on Platform 1974


62% Superior Donuts
Luther "Wheels" Langdon
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Designing Women
  • 2018
  • 1990
86% The Carmichael Show
  • 2017
No Score Yet Greenleaf
Henry McCready
  • 2017
  • 2016
67% Rake
Judge Rutchland III Federal Judge
  • 2014
57% Go On
  • 2013
  • 2012
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Bishop Sanford
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Harry Bastille
  • 2008
50% Star Trek: Enterprise
Emory Erickson
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
Tony Tony the Driver
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet JAG
Chaplain Turner
  • 2003
  • 2002
84% NYPD Blue
Bernie Carpenter Norval Stevens
  • 2003
  • 1996
No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
  • 2002
75% The West Wing
Mr. Tatum
  • 2002
No Score Yet Rugrats
  • 2001
83% Six Feet Under
Mr. Jones
  • 2001
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Henry Baldwin
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Practice
Arthur Turner
  • 2000
92% The Sopranos
Reverend James Sr.
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet ER
Mr. Bowman
  • 1996
No Score Yet Empty Nest
  • 1994
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
  • 1994
No Score Yet Coach
  • 1993
No Score Yet Good Times
Mr. Gillard
  • 1976