Bill Cobbs

Biography: Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, where his mother was a cleaning lady and his father was a construction worker. 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" (1976), a New York public television educational series, and he made his feature film debutBill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, where his mother was a cleaning lady and his father was a construction worker. 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" (1976), a New York public television educational series, and he made his feature film debut in Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1974) in 1974. In his free time Cobbs enjoys music, reading, playing his drums, and learning how to play golf. Expand

Bill Cobbs' Scores

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  • TV
Average career score: 46
Highest Metascore: 78 Bird
Lowest Metascore: 19 The Ultimate Life
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
17 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
19 The Ultimate Life Sep 6, 2013 Ted Hamilton 5.3
25 Enough May 24, 2002 Jim Toller 5.9
38 Random Hearts Oct 8, 1999 Marvin 4.9
21 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nov 13, 1998 Estes 5.0
25 Ed Mar 15, 1996 Tipton 7.5