September 4th, 2018 17:41 EST
Geoffrey Owens is a Gentleman, Scholar and a Gifted Thespian
(Jeoffrey) Owens made his television debut on the second season of the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show as Sondra Huxtables boyfriend Elvin Tibideaux. He married Sondra and became a regular character in 1987 and appeared on the series until it ended in 1992.
The Cosby Show was one of the most top-rated and beloved sit-coms in history, and even though Owens had a minor role he basked in the reflected glory of the wildly popular show for years after the series ended.
Owens graduated cum laude from Yale University, and he`s a serious thespian who desires to remain in show business in spite of the fact that after his Cosby Show heyday roles were few and far between.
To make ends meet he worked regular jobs in between acting gigs, and when he was employed as a cashier at a grocery store, a woman who recognized him as "Elvin" snapped a few photos and submitted them to the British tabloid "The Daily Mail" and the rest is history.
Owens was ridiculed and job-shammed for working a "menial" job, but thank goodness that celebrities and the general public came to his defense.
Owens appeared on GMA and declared that he wasn`t ashamed to work as a cashier, he insisted that there is dignity in any honest occupation.
Owens didn`t deserve to be mocked, it`s not like he sold his soul and appeared in a reality show, or became a spokesperson for a reverse mortgage company that preys on senior citizens.
I admire Owens` work on "The Cosby Show," and I admire his integrity and humility working as a cashier in supermarket chain.
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