Geoffrey Owens scores NCIS gig: Inside some of Hollywood's most inspiring comeback stories
In the upcoming sixth episode of NCIS' ongoing season, airing sometime in October, Owens is all set to appear as Commander Adams - a close friend of Pride (Scott Bakula).
Back in the 90s, Geoffrey Owens was a popular face on the small screen, his most memorable appearance being on hit NBC comedy, 'The Cosby Show'. Starring as Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable, the 57-year-old actor was a series regular as he went on to entertain fans in the final five seasons, from 1985-1992. In the past week, though, Owens has been back in the news after he was spotted working as a cashier at a Clifton, New Jersey Trader Joe's. Since pictures of him donning a shaggy beard and a stained Trader Joe's uniform went viral, his story, tracing his journey from the heights of his acting days to his latest job, has garnered quite an attention. Almost enough, in fact, to land him a role in the popular CBS series, 'NCIS: New Orleans'.
In the upcoming sixth episode of the season, airing sometime in October, Owens is all set to appear as Commander Adams - a close friend of Pride (Scott Bakula).
“For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence and heart. That’s Geoffrey in a nutshell,” NCIS executive producer Christopher Silber said, shedding light on Owens' casting. “An accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company. We’re lucky to have him on the show,”
While Owens appeared to have fallen on hard times in the past, his plate, at the moment, is definitely full. The actor was also offered a gig by Tyler Perry on 'The Haves and the Have Nots', amidst resounding fan support, defending Owens from the so-called job shaming.
Interestingly, Owens himself has a very different take on the entire situation as he recently told 'Good Morning America': “Every job is worthwhile and valuable, and if we have a rethinking about that because of what has happened to me, that would be great.” Indeed, Hollywood is not an easy place to be in and stories like that of Owens' are certainly inspiring, but most importantly he is not the only one to have been through such phases.
'A Star is Born' actor Bradley Cooper faced a "do or die" moment, right before he was cast in 'Three Days of Rain', the 2006 theater production opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd. “I remember thinking, If this doesn’t work, maybe I’m not right for this business," the actor, with many successful movie credits, had once recalled.
Even Claire Danes has a similar story to share. The actress was looking for work for close to two years, before landing her noteworthy role as CIA operative Carrie Mathison in 'Homeland'.
“It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn’t translate into more work,” she told Vogue. “I was really, really struggling during that time. It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, I really like interior design. Someone suggested, ‘Maybe your real success is in your personal life.’"
And the story goes on as many other A-listers - including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and John Krasinski - narrate a similar tale of struggle, before making it big in Hollywood or ahead of a much-needed comeback.