Bill Cobbs Biography
Bill Cobbs (Wilbert Francisco) an American actor known as a an amateur actor in the city’s Karamu House Theater. He is known for starring in the Ossie Davis play “Purlie Victorious”. He was an Air Force radar technician for eight years; he also worked in office products at IBM and sold cars in Cleveland.
Bill Cobbs Age
Bill was born on June 16, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bill Cobbs Career
As an amateur actor in the city’s Karamu House Theater, Cobbs starred in the Ossie Davis play Purlie Victorious. Cobbs served in the United States Air Force as a 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 Theatre.
When he was 36 years old in 1970, he left for New York to seek work as an actor. During his time there he turned down a job in the NBC sales department in order to have time for auditions. Bill supported himself by driving a cab, repairing office equipment, selling toys, and performing odd jobs. Bill’s first professional acting role was in “Ride a Black Horse” at the Negro Ensemble Company.
Since then he has appeared in small theater productions, street theater, regional theater and at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. Bill’s first television credit was in Vegetable Soup (1975), a New York public television educational series.
He made his feature film debut in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974). During his free time, Bill enjoys music, reading, and playing his drums. Bill lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California and continues acting.
Cobbs was in Vegetable Soup (1976), a New York public television educational series, and he made his feature film debut in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in 1974. Cobbs has an extensive film career and has appeared and been a regular on many television programs.
Bill played a supporting role in Night at the Museum as Reginald, a security guard on the verge of retirement in 2006. The character also served as an antagonist to the story. He played basketball coach and retired basketball player Arthur Chaney in Disney’s Air Bud and Medgar Evers’ older brother Charles Evers in Rob Reiner’s Ghosts of Mississippi.
He had a role in the Coen Brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy and played fictional jazz pianist Del Paxton in Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do, He did a brief appearance in the 2010 film The Search for Santa Paws.
In 2013, Cobbs costarred in Oz the Great and Powerful, and in late 2014 reprised his role of Reginald in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra’s Hip-Hop Literacy2 campaign, encouraging reading of Ice-T’s autobiography.
Bill Cobbs Family
Bill’s information about his parents and siblings is not yet known but it is known that Actor James Baskett was his cousin.
Bill Cobbs Married
Bill is married, however, informatin hasn’t revealed yet. This section will be updated once he shares with the public.
Bill Cobbs Net Worth
Bill has an estimated net worth of around $4 Million.
Bill Cobbs Tv Shows
- The Michael Richards Show
- The Outer Limits
- I’ll Fly Away, Yes, Dear
- The Sopranos
- Six Feet Under
- The Others
- The Drew Carey Show
- October Road
- One Tree Hill
Bill Cobbs Movies
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) as Man on Platform
- Greased Lightning (1977) as Mr. Jones
- A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich (1978) as Bartender
- The Hitter (1979) as Louisiana Slim
- Trading Places (1983) as Bartender
- Silkwood (1983) as Man in Lunchroom
- The Brother from Another Planet (1984) as Walter
- The Cotton Club (1984) as Big Joe Ison
- Compromising Positions (1985) as Sgt. Williams
- The Color of Money (1986) as Orvis
- Five Corners (1987) as Man in Coffee Shop
- Suspect (1987) as Judge Franklin
- Dominick and Eugene (1988) as Jesse Johnson
- Bird (1988) as Dr. Caulfield
- The January Man (1989) as Detective Reilly
- Decoration Day (1990, TV Movie) as Gee Pennywell
- New Jack City (1991) as Old Man
- The Hard Way (1991) as Raggedy Man
- Carolina Skeletons (1991, TV Movie) as Elijah Crooks
- The People Under the Stairs (1991) as Grandpa Booker
- Roadside Prophets (1992) as Oscar
- Exiled in America (1992) as Abraham White
- The Bodyguard (1992) as Bill Devaney
- Demolition Man (1993) as Zachery Lamb (Aged)
- Fatal Instinct (1993) as Man in park (uncredited)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) as Moses
- Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995) as Malt
- Fluke (1995) as Bert
- Man with a Gun (1995) as Henry Griggs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1995) as Caleb
- Captiva Island (1995) as Vernon
- Ed (1996) as Tipton
- That Thing You Do! (1996) as Del Paxton
- First Kid (1996) as Speet
- Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) as Charles Evers
- Soulmates (1997) as Mr. Williams
- Air Bud (1997) as Coach Arthur Chaney
- Always Outnumbered (1998, TV Movie) as Right Burke
- Paulie (1998) as Virgil the Janitor
- Hope Floats (1998) as Nurse
- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) as Estes
- Random Hearts (1999) as Marvin
- The Others (2000, TV Series) as Elmer Greentree
- For All Time (2000, TV Movie) as Proprietor / Conductor
- Sunshine State (2002) as Dr. Elton Lloyd
- Enough (2002) as Jim Toller
- A Mighty Wind (2003) as Blues Musician
- The Mortuary (2004) as Franklin Harmon
- Lost (2004) as Jeremy’s Boss
- Duck (2005) as Norman
- The Derby Stallion (2005) as Houston Jones
- The Final Patient (2005) as Dr. Daniel Green
- Special Ed (2005) as Lou
- Sweet Deadly Dreams (2006) as Barney
- Hard Luck (2006) as Cobb
- The Ultimate Gift (2006) as Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
- Night at the Museum (2006) as Reginald
- Three Days to Vegas (2007) as Marvin Jeffries
- The Morgue (2008) as George
- HappySAD (2009) as Cephas Cordner
- Get Low (2009) as Rev. Charlie Jackson
- Black Water Transit (2009) as Frank Vermillion
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) as Reginald (scene deleted)
- The Tenant (2010) as Jack Rymer
- No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School (2010) as Charlie
- The Search for Santa Paws (2010) as Mr. Stewart
- The Arcadian (2011) as Charles
- The Muppets (2011) as Grandfather
- The Undershepherd (2012) as Dr. Ezekiel Cannon
- Lukewarm (2012) as Thomas
- Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) as Master Tinker
- The Ultimate Life (2013) as Mr. Theophilus Hamilton
- The Last Letter (2013) as Pastor
- Vampires in Venice (2013) as Dr. Dooley
- Dear Secret Santa (2013) as Ted
- On Angel’s Wings (2014) as Mr. Dupac
- Clipped Wings, They Do Fly (2014) as Judge Johnson
- Of Mind and Music (2014) as Stompleg
- Christmas in Palm Springs (2014) as Gabriel
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) as Reginald
- A House Is Not a Home (2015) as Paul
- The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015) as Mr. Randolph
- Call Me King (2016) as Malachi
- New Life (2016) as Mr. Charles
Bill Cobbs and Bill Cosby
In Most cases, cobbs and Cosby are mostly confused by people. Cobbs is best known for his roles in Oz the Great and Powerful, Night at the Museum, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He has been suggested by fans for 12 roles on myCast, including Bill Cosby (Old) in American Crime Story: The Downfall of Bill Cosby.