BILL COBBS (Hamilton) has been a regular presence on TV since the late 1970s. After snaring a small role in King (NBC, 1978) he went on to the NBC Live Theater presentation of The Member of the Wedding (1982) and Rage of Angels (NBC, 1983). Cobbs worked with theater legends Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee on their PBS anthology series, Ossie and Ruby. He did guest shots on numerous series including Designing Women and LA Law. Cobbs may be best remembered for his portrayal of Lewis Coleman, the strong traditional father of Regina Taylor's character on the acclaimed dramatic series I'll Fly Away (NBC, 1991-93) a role he reprised for the PBS TV-movie conclusion I'll Fly Away: Then and Now (1993).
Cobbs has also appeared in more than 60 feature films since the late 70s, including The Brother From Another Planet, The Cotton Club, The Color of Money, The Bodyguard, Demolition Man, Ghosts of Mississippi, Hope Floats, Random Hearts, The Ultimate Gift, The Tenant, and Oz: The Great and Powerful.