Bill Cobbs, Night At The Museum Star, Dead At 90

"Night At The Museum" star Bill Cobbs has sadly passed away at the age of 90, TMZ confirmed the news. The actor's brother, Thomas G. Cobbs later confirmed the tragic news on a post through Facebook. He wrote, "We are saddened to share the passing of Bill Cobbs. On Tuesday, June 25, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in California," Thomas continued, "A beloved partner, big brother, uncle, surrogate parent, godfather and friend, Bill recently and happily celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by cherished loved ones. As a family we are comforted knowing Bill has found peace and eternal rest with his Heavenly Father." 

Cobbs acting career came later in life, at the age of 36, after being an Air Force radar technician for several years. However, his late start in the industry did not hinder his talent as he starred in some of the biggest blockbuster films, from the 1997 "Air Bud" movie to "The Bodyguard" in 1992. His career spanned decades with his last role being in a television mini-series titled "Incandescent Love" in 2023. He will forever be remembered for his iconic career by his fans and loved ones.

Bill Cobbs had a prolific TV career

In addition to his roles in iconic films like "New Jack City" and working with the Coen Brothers in "The Hudsucker Proxy," Bill Cobbs was also a prominent figure on TV series stretching back decades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he appeared on "The Slap Maxwell Show" starring Dabney Coleman before moving on to a slew of appearances in such staples as "Walker, Texas Ranger," "The Drew Carey Show," and "Star Trek: Enterprise."

He re-appeared on the big screen with his role in "Night at the Museum" where he played Reginald, a kindly old security guard who was getting ready to retire and probably didn't need Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams wreaking havoc in the beloved 2006 film. Although, Cobbs was game for more action, and the veteran actor reprised the role of Reginald in the 2009 sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."