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Name: Bill Cobbs  
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Date of Birth: 16th June 1935
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Profession: Actor
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Bill Cobbs (born June 16, 1935) is an African-American film actor.

Bill Cobbs was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, 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 age 36, he left New York to seek work as an actor. There he turned down a job in the NBC the 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 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in 1974. In his free time, Cobbs enjoys music, reading, playing his drums, and learning how to play golf.

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