'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens spotted bagging groceries at NJ Trader Joe's

Published August 31, 2018

"Cosby Show" alum Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, the young doctor who married into the Cosby family on the famous sitcom, was photographed working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey.

The actor, who was on the sitcom from 1985 to 1992, was spotted by a local shopper at the Clifton, N.J. store, standing behind one of the checkout counters and wearing a Trader Joe's staff shirt with a name tag that read, "Geoffrey."

The actor who played Elvin in The Cosby Show is now working as a cashier at Trader Joe’s, exclusive photos reveal. See story NYCOSBY. A shopper spotted Geoffrey Owens, 57, sitting behind a till at the discount store in Clifton, New Jersey, where staff earn around $11 an hour.  Wearing an ID badge bearing his name, the former star wore a Trader Joe’s t-shirt with stain marks on the front as he weighed a bag of potatoes. Karma Lawrence, 50, was grocery shopping with her wife, security manager Yanelle, 40, when she saw Owens at around 7.30pm on Saturday and snapped some photos. The medical secretary, from Clifton, said: “I was just in Trader Joe’s and I said to my wife, I said, ‘’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.’ “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.’ “He looked bloated and fat and unhappy. I guess with the whole Cosby thing…” Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of Sondra Huxtable, on the final five seasons of NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, between 1985 and 1992.

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The shopper who spotted the actor told the Daily Mail that she was grocery shopping with her wife around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening when she recognized Owens and took some photos.

"I was just in Trader Joe's and I said to my wife, I said, 'Wait a minute, that's the guy from The Cosby Show,'" Karma Lawrence told the outlet.

Convinced it was the actor, Lawrence proceeded to look up photos of the actor online.

"I pulled up a site on the Internet to look at a picture of him and said, 'That is him,'" she confirmed. "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.'"

The 57-year-old actor played Sondra Huxtable's doctor husband on the final five seasons of the hit sitcom.

Pictured: (l-r) Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux.

Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux.  (NBC via Getty Images)

Owens continued to act and appeared in guest spots on TV shows such as "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "That's So Raven" and most recently starred in an episode of "Lucifer" in 2017.

"The Cosby Show" ran for eight seasons from 1984 to 1992.

Cosby, who played the show's main character, Cliff Huxtable, was convicted of sex assault in April after being accused of sexual abuse by more than 60 women.

Editor's Note: The original Daily Mail report identified the photographer as the spouse of a Trader Joe's employee. Trader Joe's denies the photographer's spouse is an employee at the store. Fox News has amended our story to reflect this.

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