Wilbert Francisco Cobbs (born June 16, 1934) is an American actor. He is well-known for his roles in motion pictures reminiscent of Louisiana Slim in The Hitter (1979) and Water in The Brother from Another Planet (1984). and as Lewis Coleman on I’ll Fly Away (1991–1993), as Jack on The Michael Richards Show (2000), and visitor appearances on Walker, Texas Ranger and The Sopranos. In 2020, he gained a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Performance in a Daytime Program for the collection Dino Dana.
In 2020, he visitor starred within the two-part collection finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portraying an unnamed aged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
In 2013, Cobbs costarred in Oz the Great and Powerful because the Master Tinker, and in late 2014 reprised his function of Reginald in Night on the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra’s Hip-Hop Literacy2 marketing campaign, encouraging studying of Ice-T’s autobiography.
In 2006, Cobbs performed a supporting function in Night on the Museum as Reginald, a safety guard on the verge of retirement. The character additionally served as an antagonist to the story. He performed basketball coach and retired basketball participant Arthur Chaney in Disney’s Air Bud and Medgar Evers’ older brother Charles Evers in Rob Reiner’s Ghosts of Mississippi. He had a task within the Coen Brothers’ The Hudsucker Proxy and performed fictional jazz pianist Del Paxton in Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do. He has a short look within the 2010 movie The Search for Santa Paws.
As an beginner actor within the metropolis’s Karamu House Theater, Cobbs starred within the Ossie Davis play Purlie Victorious. Cobbs was in Vegetable Soup (1976), a New York public tv academic collection, and he made his characteristic movie debut in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in 1974. Cobbs has an in depth movie profession and has appeared and been an everyday on many tv applications, together with The Michael Richards Show, The Outer Limits, I’ll Fly Away, Yes, Dear, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Others, JAG, The Drew Carey Show, October Road, One Tree Hill, Star Trek: Enterprise (as Dr. Emory Erickson, inventor of the Transporter), and plenty of extra. He had a recurring function as George, a blind grief-support-group member, within the TV collection, Go On, which premiered in 2012.
Cobb credit Reuben Silver along with his begin in appearing on the African American Performing Arts Center and Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland Ohio. His first skilled appearing function was in Ride a Black Horse on the Negro Ensemble Company. From there he appeared in small theater productions, avenue theater, regional theater, and on the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
Cobbs served within the United States Air Force as a radar technician for eight years; he additionally labored in workplace merchandise at IBM and bought vehicles in Cleveland. In 1970, on the age of 36, he left for New York to hunt work as an actor. He supported himself by driving a cab, repairing workplace tools, promoting toys, and performing odd jobs.
Cobbs was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a mom who was a home employee and a father who labored in building. He is the second cousin of James Baskett.