Geoffrey Owens talks about how Cosby trial affected actor royalties and his new movie FATALE 🍿 🎥

First let me say that those three stops in the title is not his whole career. Sometimes people don’t get the full meaning of being a working actor. Geoffrey Owens has done a million things since Cosby, just not enough to keep him financially sound and while you may find some actors driving Uber or waiting tables, he actually found it refreshing to work among the people and said it even honed his acting skills. So let’s get away from the shaming because that is not at all what this interview is about. I caught up with the thespian 🎭 doing what he does best, when he’s not bagging groceries, and that is sharing his acting talent of the new thriller FATALE Starring Michael Ealy and Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank. We talked about how he got his start in acting, his first big break with The Cosby Show, and how the recent trial of Bill Cosby affected his pockets.


On stage, Owens appeared on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando
Bloom). Other credits include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (with Al Pacino), the
Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s Race (at the Goodman Theatre), Opus and
As You Like It (as ‘Jaques’) at Two River Theatre, and Julius Caesar (as ‘Casca’)
at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he has
appeared at CSC Rep in Mother Courage (directed by Brian Kulick) and Doctor
Faustus (directed by Andre Belgrader). He has done roles—including Romeo,
Richard the Third, Othello and Puck—at numerous theaters (including the New
York Shakespeare Festival, the Long Wharf Theater, the Hartford Stage
Company, and the Williamstown Theater Festival) with directors such as Joseph
Papp, David Leveaux, A.J. Antoon, James Lapine, Mark Lamos, Joe Dowling,
Derek Anson Jones, Jonathon Moscone, Michael Sexton, and Estelle Parsons.
In film, Owens has appeared in Wild Salome (directed by Al Pacino), Stonebrook
(with Seth Green), The Paper (directed by Ron Howard), Play the Game (with
Andy Griffith), and Dreams. He will also appear in the soon-to-be-released Youth
in Oregon (with Frank Langella). His television credits include recent
appearances on “Elementary”, “The Blacklist”, “Lucifer”, “Blue Bloods”, and a
recurring role on HBO’s “Divorce”. Additionally, he has guest starred on shows
such as “The Affair”, “The Leftovers”, “Deadbeat”, “The Slap”, “It’s Always Sunny
in Philadelphia”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Flash Forward”, “
Without a Trace”, “Medium”, “Journeyman”, “Las Vegas”, “Boston Legal”, “
Wedding Bells”, “That’s So Raven”, “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU”. He
was a series regular on the NBC series, “Built to Last” and is best known for his
role as Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show”.
As a director, Owens has staged productions of King Lear, Much Ado About

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