'The Cosby Show' star gets people's support after he was shamed for working at Trader Joe’s

Mary Scott
Sep 03, 2018
10:22 P.M.
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Last week, pictures of Geoffrey Owens on his new job as a cashier hit the internet. The actor, who is most famous for playing Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show,” is now being showered with messages of support and admiration from social media users, including his fellow actors.


Trader Joe’s shopper, Karma Lawrence, was at the store with her wife when she recognized Owens weighing a bag of potatoes behind the cash register.


After confirming his identity with pictures from the internet, Lawrence took a few snaps of the actor as he worked.


Lawrence, who recalled watching Owens on “The Cosby Show,” expressed her disappointment:

“I would have thought after The Cosby Show he would maybe be doing something different. It was a shock to see him working there and looking the way he did. It made me feel really bad. I was like, ‘Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier.’”


Since the images went viral on the internet, users around the world have been commending the 57-year-old actor for taking pride in hard work. Twitter user, Sir Ock pointed out that not every actor is a leading figure:

“Good for Mr. Owens. Has benefits, still performs when he wants. Very honorable and on his terms. Not every actor is a leading man/lady who works film after film; show after show. Also, he’s not sitting on his ass. He’s got hustle. Good to see “Elvin” again.”


Some of Owens’ Hollywood colleagues have also joined the train, sharing the times they also had to take menial jobs to survive. “L.A. Law” actor, Blair Underwood tweeted:

“#NOSHAME in good, honest, hard work. He’s being a man in doing what he needs to do to provide for himself and his family. Much respect to you Sir!”


“Better Things” actress, Pamela Adlon, also added:

“I had been a working actor for years. Jobs stopped, as they do. I worked in retail. At a flower shop. I passed out flyers. It’s about the work. Work gives you pride and purpose. Your visibility as an actor never goes away. But the money sure does.”


In today’s world of rampant cyber-bullying and dedicated trolls, it’s good to see the internet used for such an uplifting purpose!

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