Former 'The Cosby Show' star Geoffrey Owens spotted working as cashier at New Jersey Trader Joe's

Owens seems to have fallen on difficult times after his starring role as Elvin Tibideaux on 'The Cosby Show'

                            Former 'The Cosby Show' star Geoffrey Owens spotted working as cashier at New Jersey Trader Joe's

Geoffrey Owens, best known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on 'The Cosby Show,' was recently spotted working as a cashier at a Trader Joe's by a couple of shoppers. The now 57-year-old was snapped working the counter at one of the chain's stores in Clifton, New Jersey, with an ID badge bearing his name confirming the former actor's identity.

Though he looked much older now, 50-year-old Karma Lawrence and her wife, 40-year-old security manager Yanelle, had no trouble deducing who the cashier was. They managed to snap multiple photos of him, that depicts an actor who has possibly fallen on hard times. His hairline had receded quite a bit and he sported a shaggy beard. His Trader Joe's t-shirt was stained and he had also put on quite a bit of weight.


She was quoted saying by the Daily Mail, "I was at Trader Joe's and I said to my wife, 'Wait a minute, that's the guy from The Cosby Show.' She looked at him and said, 'It looks like him. He's a little heavier.'"

"I pulled up a site on the internet to look at a picture of him and said, 'That is him!" she continued. "I have never seen him at Trader Joe's before. I was getting a bunch of groceries and he wasn't really looking at anybody, but he said, 'Have a nice day!'"

Lawrence, a medical secretary, and Yanelle managed to catch him when Owens was weighing potatoes.

“He looked bloated and unhappy,” Lawrence told RadarOnline. "It made me feel really bad. I was like, ‘Wow! All those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier.’ Other fans would be surprised for sure as well.”

The son of former United States Congressman Major Owens, the 57-year-old was cast in the role of Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable on the final five seasons (1985-1992) of NBC's 'The Cosby Show.' He was also the son-in-law of Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, played by now-disgraced actor Bill Cosby who has been accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct by over 60 women. 

Owens played the husband of Sandra Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show' (Source: IMDb)
Owens played the husband of Sandra Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show' (Source: IMDb)

Owens is now earning, what is thought to be, $11 an hour at Trader Joe's, a far cry from his former days. Lawrence expressed her surprise at seeing the actor at the store, saying, "I used to watch The Cosby Show all the time; it was my favorite show. It was definitely him. I would have thought after The Cosby Show he would maybe be doing something different."

But after the series ended, he found himself on the outside, according to his aging mother, Ethel.

“He was the star of the show, but they forgot about him after it went off the air!” Ethel — who shares a two-story home with Owens in nearby Montclair — told RadarOnline.

But Trader Joe’s customers still recognize him, she said. “They come up and say they remember him from their childhoods,” Ethel said.

After 'The Cosby Show', Owens appeared as himself on FX's 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' in two separate episodes in season three and seven. He also guest-starred in shows such as 'That's So Raven', 'Las Vegas', 'Play The Game', 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager', 'FlashForward', and 'The Slap'. He most recently appeared as Assistant Dean on Fox drama series 'Lucifer' in an episode titled 'Deceptive Little Parasite'.