Cosby Show star rings up NCIS role after Trader Joe's viral photo

Joann Johnston
September 13, 2018

"For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence and heart..."

Sources close to TMZ say that Geoffrey is not interested in receiving a handout, their belief is that a payout would be demeaning to the actor. Since then Owens has been able to land a gig on CBS' NCIS: New Orleans. "We're lucky to have him on the show".

The stars are aligning for Geoffrey Owens.

Owens rose to fame as Elvin Tibideaux on "The Cosby Show" from 1985 to 1992.

"I got to a point where I'd been teaching, acting, directing for 30-plus years, but it got to a point where it just didn't add up enough and you gotta do what you got to do", he said.

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After being shamed for working at Trader Joe's, Geoffrey Owens took the high road and said he wasn't ashamed for making an honest living.

After a photo of the former "Cosby Show" actor working as a clerk at Trader Joes went viral, fellow actors and an array of others in the entertainment industry showed their support for his work ethic. He consults with his friend Commander Adams (Owens) on what could be causing his current symptoms and what his next course of action should be.

Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry caught Owens' initial appearance on "Good Morning America" and in his own interview with Robin Roberts said he was impressed by Owens' hustle.

"#GeoffreyOwens I'm about to start shootings OWN's number one drama next week!"

On "New Orleans", Owens will will appear in the upcoming season's sixth episode playing Cmdr. NCIS: New Orleans season 5 is slated to premiere on September 25 on CBS.

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