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Actor Bill Cobbs Of ‘The Bodyguard’ And ‘Night At The Museum’ Dies At 90

Actor Bill Cobbs

Actor Bill Cobbs, renowned for his memorable roles in films like “Night at the Museum,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Air Bud,” has passed away at the age of 90. A representative confirmed his death to “Good Morning America,” noting that he died peacefully at his California home on Tuesday, June 25.

  • Cobbs’ family shared that he recently celebrated his 90th birthday on 16th June with his loved ones. His family stated, “We are saddened to share the passing of Bill Cobbs. We are comforted knowing Bill has found peace and eternal rest with his Heavenly Father. We ask for your prayers and encouragement during this time.”
  • Legacy of Talent: Susan Zachary of The Zachary Co. described Cobbs as a “hugely talented actor and director,” known for his generosity and support of emerging talent.
  • Career: Cobbs began acting at 36, after serving in the U.S. Air Force, working at IBM, and selling cars. His first role was in “Ride a Black Horse” at the Negro Ensemble Company, followed by a television debut on the educational series “Vegetable Soup.”

Cobbs’ career spanned over 100 feature films and television shows. Notable film roles include:

  1. “The Bodyguard” (1992) as Devaney, alongside Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
  2. “Air Bud” (1997)
  3. “Night at the Museum” (2006)
  4. “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)

His television work included appearances on:

  1. “The Michael Richards Show”
  2. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
  3. “The Carmichael Show”
  4. “The Sopranos”
  • Cobbs earned a Daytime Emmy Award for his guest role as Mr. Hendrickson in “Dino Dana: The Movie.”
  • As a director, Cobbs directed “The Meeting,” a story about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
  • Actor, writer, and director Bechir Sylvain, who collaborated with Cobbs, described him as a mentor and father figure who guided him through life’s complexities.
  • Cobbs’ last acting roles include the 2024 television shows “Diarra from Detroit” and “BMF.”

Cobbs leaves behind a legacy of dedication to his craft, mentorship, and memorable performances that have touched countless lives.