A ‘Cosby Show’ Actor Shamed For His Job As A Cashier Now Has To Work Twice As Hard

"It might pay better, it might have better benefits ..."

Former The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens, who was recently photographed bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey, has landed two new acting jobs. 

One is a guest spot on CBS procedural drama NCIS: New Orleans — a spin-off of the original NCIS series — which follows agents in New Orleans who investigate crimes involving Naval personnel. Owens will play Cmdr Adams, a friend to Scott Bakula's character, Dwayne Pride, whom Pride goes to for medical and spiritual advice, according to USA Today reports.  

The series also stars Lucas Black, CCH Pounder, Vanessa Ferlito, Rob Kerkovich, and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell.


Executive producer Christopher Silber added that Owens landed the role because the show "needed someone with compassion, competence, and heart."

"That's Geoffrey in a nutshell. An accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company," Silber said.

Additionally, Owens will appear in 10 episodes of season 6 of OWN's drama series The Haves and the Have Nots, created by Tyler Perry. The show focuses on the Cryer family, a wealthy, powerful, and complicated family living in Savannah, Georgia. 

Perry took to Twitter to invite Owens to the show after some people shamed him for working at the grocery store depsite his acting résumé.

"#GeoffreyOwens I'm about to start shootings OWN's number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist," Perry tweeted.

Owens later appeared on Good Morning America, wearing his Trader Joe's name badge, to address those who defended him. He said that kind response was "overwhelming, in a good way." 

"There is no job that's better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a résumé and on paper, but actually, it's not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable," he said.

Despite those who tried to tear Owens down for his job at Trader Joe's, many came to his defense, supporting Owens's work ethic.

"When I look at this picture of Geoffrey Owens, the only things that come to my mind are courage, humility and dedication. Very few artists, especially actors, can fully support themselves in their craft. Taking honest, hard work to offset those dry periods is honorable," Aharon Rabinowitz tweeted

" celebrates the value of our country's workers; I'm just so sad to hear that an American felt the need to "expose" a man for working hard. I wish there were more people with as much integrity as . Love you, Geoff - keep shining!!" Halle Berry wrote

Terry Crews shared his own experience in the workplace. 

"I swept floors AFTER the @NFL. If need be, I'd do it again. Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of." 

These thoughts further reiterate that no job is too small for anyone, and there is no shame in trying to make ends meet. We can't wait to see Owens acting once again. 

Cover image: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images


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