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Obscure Black C-List Actors: Bill Cobbs

22 June 2007 5 Comments

Bill Cobbs specializes in playing “the old black dude” and has over 100 television and film credits to his name. He was the old black dude in single episodes of over 30 television shows, including Lost, My Wife and Kids, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, JAG, and Star Trek Enterprise. My favorite appearances of his were an episode of The Sopranos where he played a proud old black dude and an episode Six Feet Under where he played a proud AND stubborn old black dude. He was a recurring old black dude on The Drew Carey Show, The Michael Richards Show, and Kate & Allie. Bill Cobbs was also in the movies Sunshine State, Trading Places, and New Jack City, where he was the old black dude who shot Nino Brown. He’s still alive and kickin‘ at 72. Good black don’t crack y’all.


  • Julian said:

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  • Julian said:

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  • jazzfan360 said:

    LOVE Bill Cobbs. First saw him as Anthony’s deadbeat dad on Designing Women. He was wonderful in his Sopranos appearance. Even Tony had mad respect for him.

  • Suze said:

    Me too, he was brilliant! great site by the way.

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