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Bill Cobbs

Highest Rated:   100% Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Lowest Rated:   0% Ed (1996)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% 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
48% 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
96% 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
43% Night at the Museum
  • Reginald
$249.3M 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
88% 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
24% Hope Floats
  • Nurse
$60.1M 1998
62% Paulie
  • Virgil
1998
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered
  • Right Burke
1998
43% Air Bud
  • Arthur Chaney
1997
45% 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
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Moses
1994
64% Demolition Man
  • Zachary Lamb "Aged"
1993
32% The Bodyguard
  • Bill Devaney
1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons
  • Crooks
1992
83% Roadside Prophets
  • Oscar
1992
61% The People Under The Stairs
  • Grandpa Booker
1991
74% The Hard Way
  • Raggedy Man
1991
76% New Jack City
  • Old Man
1991
No Score Yet Decoration Day
  • Gee
1990
No Score Yet Exiled
  • Abraham White
1990
21% The January Man
  • Detective Reilly
1989
78% Bird
  • Dr. Caulfield
1988
100% Dominick and Eugene
  • Jesse Johnson
1988
69% Suspect
  • Arraignment Judge Franklin
1987
75% 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
92% The Brother from Another Planet
  • Walter
1984
75% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% Greenleaf
2016
  • Henry McCready
  • 2017
85% The Carmichael Show
2015
  • Actor
  • 2017
66% Rake
2014
  • Judge Rutchland III Federal Judge
  • 2014
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • George
  • 2013
  • 2012
44% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
  • Bishop Sanford
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Harry Bastille
  • 2008
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Emory Erickson
  • 2005
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Mr. Tatum
  • 2002
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Mr. Jones
  • 2001
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Reverend James Sr.
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Bowman
  • 1996

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