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Born in Cleveland, Bill Cobbs began acting as an amateur in his teens at the world famous Karamu House Theater. After a tour of duty in the Air Force, Cobbs left Cleveland for New York in 1971, at the age of 36, to see if he could turn his hobby into a career.

After several years of theater work, notably with the Negro Ensemble Company, Cobbs made his film debut in 1974 in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He has been working steadily ever since, assembling a long list of screen credits that includes Greased Lightning (1977), Trading Places (1983), Silkwood (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), Bird (1988), New Jack City (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), and That Thing You Do! (1996).

Almost 20 years after his appearance in The Brother From Another Planet, Bill Cobbs returns to the Sayles fold in June 2002, in the director's newest movie Sunshine State.

Bio courtesy IFC Films (11-Aug-2002)


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