Bill Cobbs: Night At The Museum actor dies aged 90

27 June 2024, 07:18 | Updated: 28 June 2024, 14:54

American actor Bill Cobbs has died at the age of 90.

He was best known for his roles as security guard Reggie in the 2006 film Night At The Museum, and as Whitney Houston's manager Bill Devaney in the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

He also featured in the former's sequel Secret Of The Tomb, released in 2014.

The veteran actor died on Tuesday evening in the Inland Empire, California, his agent told the PA news agency.

His agent said Cobbs was surrounded by his family and is thought to have died of natural causes.

Other roles Cobbs will be remembered for include Arthur Chaney in Air Bud, Moses the Clock Man in The Hudsucker Proxy and Dr Elton Lloyd in Sunshine State.

His TV credits included appearances on The Sopranos, The West Wing, Sesame Street and ER.

In total, Cobbs featured in 200 films and TV programmes throughout his career.

In 2020, he won an Emmy award for outstanding limited performance in a daytime programme for the series Dino Dana.

In a statement on X, Wendell Pierce, who appeared alongside Cobbs in I'll Fly Away and The Gregory Hines Show, described him as a "father figure".

"To honour Bill and his memory, I will dedicate myself to creating work he would be proud of," he said.


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