Geoffrey Owens, the actor who played Huxtable son-in-law Elvin Tibideaux on 80s sitcom The Cosby Show, only days ago was bagging up overpriced goods at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s, but is now heading back to TV screens, thanks to Tyler Perry.
Perry reached out to Owens after a messy classic TV fan snapped a photo of Owens working a regular gig at the store, then uploaded the pic to social media, where various media agencies and fans expressed shock that the actor somehow ended up working an everyday job. News media everywhere picked up the story.
The attention has now turned into a come-up for Owens.
Perry offered him a 10-episode deal on his popular drama, The Haves And The Have Nots.
And rapper Nicki Minaj agreed to give Owens $25,000, though claiming she didn’t want the move to be taken the wrong way.
“Some people are on the internet and seeking attention, and he’s just the antithesis of that,” Minaj told Entertainment Tonight. “So I felt like, ‘Oh my God, could you imagine?’ We all have done jobs like that and I just thought, what if that were me? Or a family member and they were minding their own business, working to feed their family and somebody tried to humiliate them? I don’t like the way that feels.”
Once the press and social media put him on the spot, Owens said he didn’t want anyone’s sympathy.
By the way, Owens never completely fell off: he has been featured in more than a dozen films and shows over the last 5 years, according to iMDb.
Its unclear if Owens ever got any offers of aid from Bill Cosby.