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Bill Cobbs

Biography

Acting veteran that has made an appearance in over 120 film and Television productions, including Night time in the Museum as well as the Sopranos. His flexible acting has opened up tasks for him in I Still KNOW VERY WELL WHAT You Do Last Summer season and Atmosphere Bud. He was an Atmosphere Force radar specialist for eight years. His likeness was utilized to create the type Steel within the 1999 post-apocalyptic comic publication series Superman Versus the Terminator. Acting professional Wayne Baskett was his cousin. He debuted in 1974 using the Acquiring of Pelham One Two Three, starring Walter Matthau.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bill Cobbs
Date Of Birth June 16, 1934
Place Of Birth Cleveland, OH
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality American
Awards Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Performer
Movies The Bodyguard, Night at the Museum, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Ultimate Gift, Air Bud, New Jack City, The Color of Money, The Hudsucker Proxy, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Ultimate Life, The People Under the Stairs, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Hope Floats, The Derby Stallion, Get Low, Demolition Man, That Thing You Do!, Enough, Random Hearts, Paulie, Always Outnumbered, Sunshine State, Trading Places, The Brother from Another Planet, Of Mind and Music, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Decoration Day, Dominick and Eugene, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, First Kid, The Muppets, Fluke, Nightjohn, Five Corners, Greased Lightning, No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School, The Search for Santa Paws, The January Man, Three Days to Vegas, Carolina Skeletons, The Morgue, Black Water Transit, The Under Shepherd, Man with a Gun, Ed, The Final Patient, Bird, Hard Luck, Call Me King, The Tenant, Suspect
TV Shows Go On, The Michael Richards Show, The Others, The Gregory Hines Show, I'll Fly Away, Homeroom
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1 Second cousin of James Baskett.
2 Lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
3 For the aged, post-Apocalyptic look of Steel in 1999's "Superman versus The Terminator" comics, Cobbs' likeness was used.
4 Often confused with actor Bill Cosby.
5 He was awarded the 1988 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Driving Miss Daisy" in Chicago, Illinois.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
First Ladies Diaries: Rachel Jackson 1975 TV Movie George
A Boy and a Boa 1975 Short Father
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974 Man on Platform
Sabora Mi 2017 pre-production Bill
The Interims: When Between Time & Place 2017 announced Desmond Jeffries (rumored)
FuN? 2016 Short post-production Monte
Beyond the Silence 2015 completed Judge Johnson
As Evil Does post-production Jeremiah
Bill and the Eco Stars Adventures Video short filming Bill
The Dark Return of Time filming Legrand
New Life 2016 Mr. Charles
Greenleaf 2016 TV Series Henry McCready
The Mastermind 5 2016 TV Series The Mentor
The Great Gilly Hopkins 2016 Mr. Randolph
Call Me King 2016 Malachi
The Ultimate Legacy 2015 TV Movie Mr. Theodore Hamilton
A House Is Not a Home 2015 Paul
Hand of God 2015 TV Series Papa Gene
Night at the Museum 3 2014 Reginald
Christmas in Palm Springs 2014 Gabriel
Of Mind and Music 2014 Stompleg
Rake 2014 TV Series Judge Rutchland / Federal Judge
The Bay 2014 TV Series Boyd Bloom
Clipped Wings, They Do Fly 2014 Judge Johnson
On Angel's Wings 2014 Mr. Dupac
Dear Secret Santa 2013 TV Movie Ted
Vampires in Venice 2013 Dr. Dooley
Back in the Game 2013 TV Series James
The Last Letter 2013 Pastor (as Bill T. Cobbs)
The Ultimate Life 2013 Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
Go On 2012-2013 TV Series George
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 Master Tinker
Branch Line 2012 Short Conductor
Lukewarm 2012 Thomas
The Undershepherd 2012 Dr. Ezekiel Cannon
The Muppets 2011 Grandfather
The Arcadian 2011 Charles
Harry's Law 2011 TV Series Judge
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 TV Series Bishop Sanford
The Search for Santa Paws 2010 Video Mr. Stewart
The Glades 2010 TV Series Gregory Richmond
No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School 2010 Charlie
Stroll 2010 Short Clayton
The Tenant 2010 Jack Rymer
Black Water Transit 2009 Frank Vermillion
Steadfast 2009 Short John
Get Low 2009 Rev. Charlie Jackson
My Summer Friend 2009 Short Walter
HappySAD 2009 Cephas Cordner
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 TV Series Harry Bastille
One Tree Hill 2008 TV Series Gus
The Dark Horse 2008/II Short Quincey
Army Wives 2008 TV Series Harry
Players at the Poker Palace 2008 TV Series short Bill
The Morgue 2008 George
This Man's Life 2008 Short Myer Truman
Grim Abdication 2008 Short Enforcer
Side Order of Life 2007 TV Series Eddie Morgan
October Road 2007 TV Series Mr. Bolivar
Three Days to Vegas 2007 Marvin Jeffries
Night at the Museum 2006 Reginald
The Ultimate Gift 2006 Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
Hard Luck 2006 Video Cobb
Sent 2006 Short Doctor
Sweet Deadly Dreams 2006 Barney
Special Ed 2005 Lou
The Final Patient 2005 Dr. Daniel Green
Yes, Dear 2005 TV Series Counterman / Starter
The Derby Stallion 2005 Houston Jones
Return to Sender 2005/I Short Saul Burroughs
Duck 2005 Norman
Squirrel Man 2005 Short Morgan Wendell
Star Trek: Enterprise 2005 TV Series Dr. Emory Erickson
Inner Demon 2005 Short Arnold
Lost 2004/I Jeremy's Boss
The Drew Carey Show 2002-2004 TV Series Tony
The Mortuary 2004 Franklin Harmon
Soul Food 2004 TV Series Mr. Bradford
JAG 2001-2003 TV Series Chaplain Matthew Turner
10-8: Officers on Duty 2003 TV Series Earl Edmonds
NYPD Blue 1996-2003 TV Series Bernie Carpenter / Norval Stevens
A Mighty Wind 2003 Blues Musician
The Division 2003 TV Series Mr. Greene
Enough 2002/I Jim Toller
My Wife and Kids 2002 TV Series Minister
Sunshine State 2002 Dr. Lloyd
The West Wing 2002 TV Series Alan Tatum
A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special 2001 TV Movie Uncle Charles (voice)
Bitter Winter 2001 TV Movie
Philly 2001 TV Series Warren Bell
Six Feet Under 2001 TV Series Mr. Jones
Rugrats 2001 TV Series Uncle Charles
Touched by an Angel 2001 TV Series Henry Baldwin
The Fighting Fitzgeralds 2001 TV Series Chet Armatrow
The Michael Richards Show 2000 TV Series Jack
For All Time 2000 TV Movie Proprietor / Conductor
The Others 2000 TV Series Elmer Greentree
The Practice 2000 TV Series Arthur Turner
The Sopranos 2000 TV Series Reverend James Sr.
Random Hearts 1999 Marvin
The Outer Limits 1997-1999 TV Series Joe Dell / Second Elder
The Gregory Hines Show 1997-1999 TV Series James Stevenson
For Your Love 1998-1999 TV Series Uncle Stanley
L.A. Doctors 1998 TV Series Bob
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 Estes
The Wild Thornberrys 1998 TV Series Chief
Hope Floats 1998 Nurse
Paulie 1998 Virgil the Janitor
Always Outnumbered 1998 TV Movie Right Burke
Air Bud 1997 Arthur Chaney
High Incident 1997 TV Series Emmett
The Wayans Bros. 1997 TV Series Fred Watson
Soulmates 1997 Mr. Williams
Walker, Texas Ranger 1997 TV Series Gino Costa
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 Charlie Evers
That Thing You Do! 1996 Del Paxton
First Kid 1996 Speet
Nightjohn 1996 TV Movie Old Man
Stories from the Edge 1996 TV Movie segment "Tuesday Morning Ride"
Thrill 1996 TV Movie Norm Duprey
ER 1996 TV Series Mr. Bowman
Ed 1996 Tipton
Captiva Island 1995 Vernon
Goldilocks and the Three Bears 1995 Caleb
Tuesday Morning Ride 1995 Short
Out There 1995 TV Movie Lyman Weeks
Man with a Gun 1995 Henry Griggs
Divas 1995 TV Movie Sippy
Fluke 1995 Bert
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 Malt
The Watcher 1995 TV Series
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long 1995 TV Movie Pullman Porter
Northern Exposure 1994 TV Series Angelo Maxwell
Empty Nest 1994 TV Series Jerome
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 Moses
Fatal Instinct 1993 Man in park (uncredited)
I'll Fly Away: Then and Now 1993 TV Movie Lewis Coleman
Demolition Man 1993 Zachary Lamb - Aged
Coach 1993 TV Series George
I'll Fly Away 1991-1993 TV Series Lewis Coleman
The Bodyguard 1992 Devaney
Exiled in America 1992 Abraham White
Roadside Prophets 1992 Oscar
The People Under the Stairs 1991 Grandpa Booker
Carolina Skeletons 1991 TV Movie Elijah Crooks
True Colors 1991 TV Series Bernard Freeman
The Hard Way 1991 Raggedy Man
New Jack City 1991 Old Man
Moe's World 1990 TV Movie
Decoration Day 1990 TV Movie Gee Pennywell
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill 1990 TV Series Fish Fry Baby
Gabriel's Fire 1990 TV Series Walker Green
Married People 1990 TV Series Willis
Designing Women 1990 TV Series Henry / Charlie
Picking Tribes 1989 Short Voice-over
The January Man 1989 Detective Reilly
Homeroom 1989 TV Series Phil Drexler
Bird 1988 Dr. Caulfield
The Slap Maxwell Story 1987-1988 TV Series The Dutchman
L.A. Law 1988 TV Series Webb Johnson
Dominick and Eugene 1988 Jesse Johnson
Suspect 1987 Judge Franklin
Five Corners 1987 Man in Coffee Shop
Spenser: For Hire 1987 TV Series Larry Sills
Kate & Allie 1986 TV Series Sam Butcher
The Color of Money 1986 Orvis
Johnny Bull 1986 TV Movie Wiggins
Sesame Street 1985 TV Series Lee
The Equalizer 1985 TV Series Barry
Compromising Positions 1985 Sgt. Williams
The Cotton Club 1984 Big Joe Ison
The Brother from Another Planet 1984 Walter
Silkwood 1983 Man in Lunchroom
Trading Places 1983 Bartender
Rage of Angels 1983 TV Movie Abraham Wilson
The Member of the Wedding 1982 TV Movie T.T. Williams
The Hitter 1979 Louisiana Slim
King 1978 TV Mini-Series
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich 1978 Bartender
Baby, I'm Back 1977-1978 TV Series Att. Adam Johnson
Greased Lightning 1977 Mr. Jones
Good Times 1976 TV Series Mr. Gillard

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sabora Mi 2017 co-producer pre-production
Beyond the Silence 2015 executive producer completed
As Evil Does executive producer post-production
The Mastermind 5 2016 TV Series co-producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Of Mind and Music 2014 vocals

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Of Mind and Music 2014 performer: "LONESOME VALLEY", "WILL THE CIRCLE BE BROKEN"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Himself
African American History Parade 2011 TV Movie Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2003 Documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Richard Kind Dramatic Award Trenton Film Festival Narrative Feature - Best Actor The Final Patient (2005)


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#Trademark
1 Deep resonant voice
2 Often plays characters older than he is in real life

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