Bill Cobbs

Bill Cobbs

  • Born on
    • June 16th, 1934
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 products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland. In 1970, at the age of 36, he left for New York to seek work as an actor. There he turned down a job in the NBC sales department in order to have time for auditions. He supported himself by driving a cab, repairing office equipment, selling toys, and performing odd jobs. His first professional acting role was in "Ride a Black Horse" at the Negro Ensemble Company. From there, he appeared in small theater productions, street theater, regional theater and at the Eugene O'Neill Theater. His first television credit was in Vegetable Soup (1975), a New York public television educational series, and he made his feature film debut in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). In his free time, Cobbs enjoys music, reading, and playing his drums. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California and continues acting.

Starring Bill Cobbs on Plex


Acting (58 Credits)

2019Beyond the Law as Swilley
2016The Ultimate Legacy as Ted Hamilton
2016New Life as Mr. Charles
2015A House Is Not a Home as PaulWatch Free
2015The Great Gilly Hopkins as Mr Randolph
2014On Angel's Wings as Mr. DupacWatch Free
2014Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as Reginald
2013The Ultimate Life as Ted Hamilton
2013Dear Secret Santa as TedWatch Free
2013Oz the Great and Powerful as Master Tinker
2012Go On as George
2011The Muppets as Grandfather
2010The Tenant as Jack Rymer
2010The Search for Santa Paws as Mr. Stewart
2009Get Low as Rev. Charlie Jackson
2008The Morgue as George
2006The Ultimate Gift as Ted Hamilton
2006Night at the Museum as Reginald
2006Hard Luck as CobbWatch Free
2005The Derby Stallion as Houston Jones
2003A Mighty Wind as Blues Musician
2002Sunshine State as Dr. Elton Lloyd
2002Enough as Jim Toller
2000For All Time as Proprietor / Conductor
2000The Others as Elmer Greentree
1999Random Hearts as Marvin
1998Always Outnumbered as Right Burke
1998I Still Know What You Did Last Summer as Estes
1998Hope Floats as Nurse
1998Paulie as Virgil the Janitor
1997Air Bud as Arthur Chaney
1996Ed as Tipton
1996First Kid as Speet
1996That Thing You Do! as Del Paxton
1996Ghosts of Mississippi as Charlie Evers
1995Man with a Gun as Henry Griggs
1995Fluke as Bert
1994The Hudsucker Proxy as Moses
1993Fatal Instinct as Man in Park
1993Demolition Man as Zachary Lamb - Aged
1992The Bodyguard as Bill Devaney
1991Carolina Skeletons as Elijah CrooksWatch Free
1991The People Under the Stairs as Grandpa Booker
1991New Jack City as Old Man
1991The Hard Way as Raggedy Man
1991I'll Fly Away
1989The January Man as Detective Reilly
1988Dominick and Eugene as Jesse Johnson
1988Bird as Dr. Caulfield
1987Suspect as Judge Franklin
1987Five Corners as Elderly Man in BarWatch Free
1986The Color of Money as Orvis
1984The Brother from Another Planet as Walter
1984The Cotton Club as Big Joe IsonWatch Free
1983Silkwood as Man in Lunchroom
1983Trading Places as Bartender
1977Greased Lightning as Mr Jones
1974The Taking of Pelham One Two Three as Man on Platform


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