Hollywood Star Bill Cobbs Passes Away at 90

Actor Bill Cobbs, who played wise old men on TV for decades, has passed away. 

He was 90.

According to Cobbs’s publicist, Chuck I. Jones, the actor passed on Tuesday at his home in the Inland Empire, California, with family and loved ones at his bedside. According to Jones, he died of natural causes.

A longtime actor, he has roles in over 200 films and television shows. The majority of them occurred throughout his 50s, 60s, and 70s when he was in high demand by film and television producers looking to give minor but significant roles an air of aged authenticity.

“The Hudsucker Proxy” and “Night at the Museum” were among the many films in which Cobbs, a native of Cleveland, appeared. A brief cameo in 1974’s “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” was his cinematic debut. 

Bill’s brother and fellow pastor, Thomas G. Cobbs, verified the news on Facebook, writing that Bill passed away peacefully at his home in California. 

Cobbs joyfully celebrated his 90th birthday not long ago. Bill was a devoted partner, uncle, big brother, godfather, surrogate parent, and friend.

Bill Cobbs’s niece Bethany posted a sweet birthday photo earlier this month of the actor and his loved ones. Smiling broadly, the celebrity was settled into a plush brown chair.

William Francisco Cobbs came into this world on June 16, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio.

His acting career began after eight years of service as a radar technician in the United States Air Force.

He ran away to New York City at the age of 36 with the dream of making it as an actor. Throughout his time in the big city, he appeared in several stage shows.

He has guest starred on several television shows, including Star Trek: Enterprise, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Sopranos, The Outer Limits, and The Drew Carey Show.