The Former Cosby Show Star Who Now Works At Trader Joe’s

One of the former stars of The Cosby Show
has been spotted working at a grocery store in New Jersey. Radar Online reports that Geoffrey Owens,
who once played the character Elvin Tibideaux on the NBC comedy, was seen working the cash
register at a Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey. According to the publication, Owens, whom
they called a “starving artist,” probably makes about $11 an hour. So, just how did Radar recognize the 57-year-old
actor? Well, for starters, Owens was wearing a name
tag. And shoppers often reportedly identify him
from his time on the once-beloved sitcom. According to Owens’ mother Ethel, with whom
he lives in a two-floor home in Montclair, N.J., “They come up and say they remember
him from their childhoods.” Owens starred on The Cosby Show from 1985
to 1992, portraying the husband of Sabrina Le Beauf’s Sondra Huxtable. After the series ended, he continued to work
in Hollywood, but he was never able to snag a gig quite as lucrative as his role as Elvin. “Hey guys, I’m Donovan McNabb.” “That was not Donovan McNabb!” “Yes it was.” “That was a McDonald’s plug!” “Wasn’t that the guy from The Cosby Show?” Just because he hasn’t had a regular role
in a while doesn’t mean that Owens hasn’t been working. Owens appeared in the NBC comedy Built to
Last for eight episodes in 1997 and in the HBO dramedy Divorce as the character Gerald
for three episodes in 2016. He’s also made small appearances in high-profile
projects like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Boston Legal, and Medium. Radar spoke to one woman shopping in the store
who observed that Owens looked “unhappy”, though she noted that he was polite during
their interaction. The woman also said she was shocked to discover
that Owens was working at the grocery store chain, when he has so much talent as an actor. According to her observations, “I would have thought after The Cosby Show
he would maybe be doing something different.” Understandably, Owens didn’t sound too thrilled
that Radar had been looking into his current whereabouts, as the gossip rag reported that
he’d hung up on them when they called to talk about his Trader Joe’s job. However, he did phone the outlet the next
day to inform them of his latest acting gigs, sharing that he’s been teaching a Shakespearean
workshop in New York City. Money might be tighter than ever before for
Owens, as he likely doesn’t receive much money from The Cosby Show anymore. As Page Six reported in April 2018, re-runs
of the series were pulled from airing on Bounce TV after the show’s star, comedian Bill Cosby,
was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University employee
Andrea Constand – one of dozens of other accusations of sexual assault that have been brought against
the once-beloved comedian in recent years. For the most part, the accusations have knocked
the series out of syndication, meaning a once-reliable source of residual income for the series’
stars has now been significantly cut down. So considering his acting credentials, why
might Owens be working at the grocery chain? It’s possible that he just needs a flexible
job to earn some money on the side while he’s in between acting gigs. As implied by his biography on the website
for the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages, Owens has largely focused on taking
to the stage since his Cosby days, performing in plays like Romeo and Juliet and David Mamet’s
Race. Owens has also tried his hand at directing,
working on plays like King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew. Beyond his acting roles, he’s also held down
teaching jobs, molding the minds everywhere from Yale and Columbia to Bergen County Community
College and Montclair High School. No matter what the former Cosby Show actor
has been doing to make ends meet, it’s great to see that he’s remaining active on the stage
and screen, and we look forward to seeing what projects he takes on next!

2 Replies to “The Former Cosby Show Star Who Now Works At Trader Joe’s”

  1. Trader joes national avg pay $23 p/hr
    They contribute(not match or cut from your earnings) over 10% of your gross pay to your 401k yearly.
    Their benefits package is more comprehensive and affordable than the vast majority of employers. This includes mental health and chiropractic care.
    Employees are eligible for raises twice a year.
    Thats all just for the general crew member.

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