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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 47
Highest Metascore: 78 Bird
Lowest Metascore: 19 The Ultimate Life
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
14 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
49 The Ultimate Gift Mar 9, 2007 Mr. Theophilus Hamilton 8.9
71 That Thing You Do! Oct 4, 1996 Del Paxton 8.5
78 Bird Sep 30, 1988 Dr. Caulfield 7.8
53 The Hudsucker Proxy Mar 11, 1994 Moses 7.3
48 Night at the Museum Dec 22, 2006 Reginald 6.9
77 Get Low Jul 30, 2010 Rev. Charlie Jackson 6.9
42 Hope Floats May 29, 1998 Nurse 6.4
44 Oz the Great and Powerful Mar 8, 2013 Master Tinker 6.1
25 Enough May 24, 2002 Jim Toller 5.9
47 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Reginald 5.9
38 Random Hearts Oct 8, 1999 Marvin 5.6
46 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Dec 1, 1995 Malt 4.9
21 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Nov 13, 1998 Estes 4.8
19 The Ultimate Life Sep 6, 2013 Ted Hamilton 4.8