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A Tribute to Bill Cobbs: A Beloved Actor and Friend By: Audrey Egypt Young

To millions of moviegoers and TV watchers, Bill Cobbs was an amazing actor whose face was instantly recognizable, even if his name wasn't always a household one. My personal connection to Bill began thanks to my dear friend, William Michael Barbee, who introduced us on the set of "Clipped Wings They Do Fly." From that moment on, despite the physical distance, Bill and I maintained a long-distance friendship that I cherished deeply.

Bill Cobbs, known for his roles in "The Bodyguard" and "Night at the Museum," passed away at the age of 90 at his home in the Inland Empire region of California. His death, confirmed by his agent Carmela Evangelista and announced on social media by his brother Thomas G. Cobbs, marks the end of an era for many who admired his extensive body of work.

Bill’s career, which spanned over five decades, saw him appear in more than 200 films and television shows, and he was also a prominent theater actor. His versatility and talent made him a familiar face on shows like “Sesame Street” and “The Sopranos,” and in films that entertained audiences across generations.

Born Wilbert Francisco Cobbs in Cleveland, Bill’s journey to acting was as diverse as his roles. He spent eight years in the Air Force working as a radar technician, where he began his foray into entertainment through standup comedy. His varied career also included stints at I.B.M. and as a car salesman before he found his true calling in acting.

Though he may not have been a Hollywood star in the traditional sense, Bill’s impact on the industry and his audiences was profound. His ability to bring characters to life with authenticity and grace made him a cherished figure in the entertainment world.

Bill was more than just an actor; he was a remarkable person whose kindness and warmth left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our friendship, nurtured over the years despite the miles between us, is something I will always treasure.

Bill Cobbs' legacy will live on through his incredible body of work and the memories he created for those who watched and loved him. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed, but your spirit and contributions to the world of entertainment will never be forgotten.

May God keep you close you were truly one of the good ones.


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