Former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens bagged groceries to make ends meet

Geoffrey Owens worked at Trader Joe’s to make ends meet.

Ex-Cosby Show actor opens up.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

NEW YORK — Donning his now famous Trader Joe’s name tag, former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday to explain how the heck he fell from television stardom to baggin’ groceries for $11 per hour — despite the fact he’s both a Yale graduate and the son of a former U.S. Congressman. Geoffrey, if you recall, played Bill Cosby’s handsome son-in-law Elvin Tibideaux — a thin, light-skinned doctor with curly, Al B. Sure-type hair.

In case you’ve been asleep the past few days, lesbian shopper Karma Lawrence spotted Geoffrey working as a cashier at Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. The 57-year-old thespian was wearing a dirty uniform with food stains on his shirt. Rather than let Geoffrey earn an honest living in obscurity, Karma snuck a photo while he was baggin’ her groceries then conveyed it to dirt-seeking tabloids.

An embarrassed Geoffrey quit his job the next day.

“I don’t know why I snuck a picture,” said a regretful Karma, 50. “I figured everybody does it. I don’t know what possessed me. I just kind of did it on impulse and it was a bad impulse. It wasn’t malicious. I’m not the monster they’re making me out to be.”

Geoffrey admitted he was devastated at first.

“My wife and I were together when we saw (the photo),” Geoffrey told People Magazine.

“It made me think of my son. I texted my son and warned him about the story breaking. I actually apologized to him for embarrassing him, because I knew that he’s in school away from us. I knew his classmates would see it and he’d be humiliated and embarrassed. I apologized to him.”

But, after awhile, Geoffrey said screw it.

There’s nothing to be ashamed of.

“There is no job that is better than another job,” Geoffrey told Good Morning America. “It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper, but actually it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

Speaking of jobs… Geoffrey reportedly signed a deal with Tyler Perry to appear in 10 episodes of the hit OWN television drama “The Have and the Have Nots.” He will also appear on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ this fall.

Geoffrey said fans and media have treated him like a rock star since the infamous Labor Day photo leak.

He’s also getting more attention now than he garnered during his TV heyday in the ’80s.

Damn, how fortunes can change?

One day you’re a laughingstock sackin’ canned goods.

The next day you’re working alongside Oprah and Tyler.

Like Don King said: “Only in America!”

“I feel like I’m more of a celebrity now then I’ve ever been,” Geoffrey said.

“I’m more of a celebrity now then when I was actually a celebrity.”

Share your thoughts below.


  1. A man working an honest job for honest pay should never, ever be shamed. There was a time in my life when I couldn’t even get a job bagging groceries. Kudos, Geoffrey. Forget the haters.

  2. shygirlcomplex

    Lol Elvin ⭐️⭐️ looking the same 💯✅….. cool

  3. Black people please wake up. Let’s not blame/focus on the black female who was shocked to see a black former star of a number one show working as a cashier while white actors on less popular shows remain gainfully employed in Hollywood. This speaks to racism in America not job shaming.

  4. God is about to do something awesome for this man. Many blessings for you Sir.

  5. At least he is working, some sit at home doing nothing.. Hey a job is a job

  6. littlegrit2003

    This is common for most actors to have a steady flow of income while pursuing their love of the arts. Nothing new about this practice. It’s call being responsible.

  7. why is a Yale graduate bagging groceries for minimum wage? something isn’t right here

  8. No society will work without diversity of employment. What we need is respect. Laws that force the redistribution of wealth is the way a society demonstrates its respect for its working people. Always be proud of good, honest work, but never stop fighting for fair compensation.

  9. Don’t forget he also had a Yale hat on.. 🤔 TUH! AND THATS THE REAL TEA KIDS.. Folks are so ridiculous.. I wish him nothing but blessings..

  10. Leave this man alone and let him do what ALOT of Americans don’t wanna do ……… and thats earning an honest living

  11. Brenda Thompson

    What kind of world do we live in; where a working person gets mocked? This is insane.

  12. damn nigga your daddy was in congress and u got connections like bill cosby and u still baggin groceries????? are u mental?

  13. With a college degree, I bundled newspapers with advertisements for 120 weekends. I was glad to make my own $3.75 an hour. Bought my first Datsun 510 sedan. You go Geoffrey!

  14. Shoot DaClubUp

    People are pathetic to shame a man who works hard. Let alone this is a African-American man. What do they prefer? That he’s a bum on the street? Oh, that would make them happy. Give this man credit for doing what he has to do to provide for his family.

  15. Do your thing brother 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 and look where it got him back in the spotlight again 👍🏼

  16. Any paycheck is better than no paycheck I say.

  17. Are people this ignorant in 2018, with all the homeless in our Country, you would shame A man for an honest wage? Unbelievable! I love how he addressed this and wore his name tag in the interview. If more people had A mind to work an honest job , things would be better in this country. Kudos to Geoffrey Owens A good example to all..

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