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Cobbs, Bill (1935–)

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COBBS, BILL (1935–). Actor. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and began acting as a young man in the play Purlie Victorious , produced at the community Karamu House Theater. He joined the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician for eight years, worked for IBM selling office products, and sold cars at a Cleveland dealership before heading to New York City to pursue an acting career in 1970. After working at a series of odd jobs, Cobbs landed his first professional acting role in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of Ride a Black Horse . He made his feature debut in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three , 1974, and his first television appearance was in the New York public television educational series Vegetable Soup , 1976.

Filmography: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three , 1974; Greased Lightning , 1977; A Hero Ain’t Nothing but a Sandwich , 1978; The Hitter , 1979; Trading Places , 1983; Silkwood , 1983; The Brother from Another Planet , 1984; The Cotton Club , 1984; Compromising Positions , 1985; The Color of Money , 1986; Five Corners , 1987; Suspect , 1987; Bird , 1988; January Man , 1989; Moe’s World , 1990; Exiled in America , 1990; New Jack City , 1991; The Hard Way , 1991; The People Under the Stairs , 1991; The Bodyguard , 1992; Demolition Man , 1993; Tuesday Morning Ride , 1995; Goldilocks and the Three Bears , 1995; Fluke , 1995; Ed , 1996; First Kid , 1996; That Thing You Do! , 1996; Ghosts of Mississippi , 1996; Soulmates , 1997; Air Bud , 1997; Always Out Numbered, Always Outgunned , 1998; Pauli , 1998; Hope Floats , 1998; Random Hearts , 1999; Sweet Deadly Dreams , 2002; Enough , 2002; Duck , 2004; Special Ed , 2005; Squirrel Man , 2005; Return to Sender , 2005; Retirement , 2006

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