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Also Known As: William Cobbs Died:
Born: June 16, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, car salesman

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Stalwart African-American player who has lent his comfortably weathered features and world-weary demeanor to many supporting roles on stage and screen. Cobbs convinces whether playing stubborn yet dignified fathers, melancholy denizens of bars and pool halls, or sympathetic authority figures. A latecomer to acting, Cobbs began in community theater in his native Cleveland while working as a car salesman. He moved to New York where he worked with the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company. He made his Broadway debut in "The First Breeze of Summer" and later appeared in Anthol Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom".

Stalwart African-American player who has lent his comfortably weathered features and world-weary demeanor to many supporting roles on stage and screen. Cobbs convinces whether playing stubborn yet dignified fathers, melancholy denizens of bars and pool halls, or sympathetic authority figures. A latecomer to acting, Cobbs began in community theater in his native Cleveland while working as a car salesman. He moved to New York where he worked with the prestigious Negro Ensemble Company. He made his Broadway debut in "The First Breeze of Summer" and later appeared in Anthol Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom".

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 On Angel's Wings (2014)
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 Lukewarm (2012)
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 Tenant, The (2011)
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 Muppets, The (2011)
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 Get Low (2009)
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Served in U.S. Army just after the Korean War
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Started acting at age 35 while working as a used car salesman in his native Cleveland, OH
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Performed in community theater
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Moved to NYC where he began working with the Negro Ensemble Company
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Broadway debut, "The First Breeze of Summer"
1977:
First notable film credit, "Greased Lightning"
1978:
Made in TV debut in NBC biographical miniseries "King"
1982:
Appeared in Broadway production of "Master Harold...and the Boys"
1982:
Landed first substantial TV role in "The Member of the Wedding," a presentation of "NBC Live Theater"
1987:
Starred opposite Ruby Dee in "My Man Bovanne," a segment of "Ossie and Ruby" directed by Ossie Davis
1988:
Landed first recurring role in a TV series, playing the Dutchman on highly regarded ABC sitcom "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1989:
Appeared as a regular on "Homeroom," a short-lived ABC sitcom
1990:
Co-starred with James Garner in "Decoration Day" (NBC), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation
1991:
Appeared as a regular on acclaimed NBC drama series "I'll Fly Away"
1994:
Landed pivotal role of Moses the clock man in the Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1997:
Returned to series TV as regular on CBS sitcom "The Gregory Hines Show"
2000:
Landed regular role on NBC sic-fi drama "The Others"
2000:
Appeared regularly on short-lived "The Michael Richards Show" (NBC)
2001:
Played recurring role of Chaplain Matthew Turner on "JAG" (CBS)
2002:
Landed recurring role on ABC comedy series "The Drew Carey Show"
2006:
Cast opposite Ben Stiller in adventure comedy "Night at the Museum"
2010:
Appeared in direct-to-video family feature "The Search for Santa Paws"
2011:
Acted in feature film reboot of "The Muppets"
2013:
Played Master Tinkerer in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role
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