Coby Bell

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Coby Bell
Born Coby Scott Bell
(1975-05-11) May 11, 1975 (age 38)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Other names Colby Bell, Cobins Robins Rue
Alma mater San Jose State University
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Aviss Pinkney-Bell

Coby Scott Bell (born May 11, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his roles as NYPD officer Tyrone Davis, Jr. on the NBC drama Third Watch, and professional football player Jason Pitts on the CW/BET comedy-drama The Game. He also co-starred as Jesse Porter on the USA Network original series Burn Notice.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Orange County, California, to a Caucasian mother and an African American father. Bell is the son of Broadway actor Michel Bell. Before he began acting, Bell attended San Jose State University, where he graduated with honors.[1] He began his career with a few minor roles in various shows including The Parent 'Hood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER and Smart Guy, before landing a thirteen episode stint as Patrick Owen in L.A. Doctors.

In 1999, Bell landed the role of Officer Ty Davis, Jr. on the NBC drama Third Watch. He was one of only five original cast members to remain on the show throughout its entire six-season run on NBC. During the series' run, he co-starred in Safe, a critically acclaimed play co-written by Third Watch co-star Anthony Ruivivar. The play also starred Third Watch regular Jason Wiles and Third Watch recurring guest star Yvonne Jung. Bell also appeared in a Third Watch edition of the American version of The Weakest Link.[2]

In 2005, just months after Third Watch ended its run, Bell landed a recurring role on the UPN comedy series Half & Half as Glen Stallworth, a San Francisco firefighter who is originally set up on a date with main character Mona, but winds up falling for her mother, Phyllis (played by actress Telma Hopkins). Despite appearing in only three episodes, Bell's character was mentioned and referenced throughout the show's fourth and final season.

In 2006, Bell starred in and co-produced an independent film called Drifting Elegant. The project marked his debut as a producer. That same year, Bell guest-starred in an episode of the UPN comedy series Girlfriends in an episode entitled "The Game", which served as the pilot episode for the CW comedy-drama series of the same name. Bell stars as Jason Pitts, the captain of the fictional San Diego Sabers football team. He reprised Jason Pitts in a recurring role when The Game, which was cancelled in 2009, returned on BET in January 2011.[3] In June 2010, Bell joined the cast of the USA Network series Burn Notice as former counter-intelligence agent Jesse Porter.

Personal life[edit]

Bell is married to Aviss Pinkney-Bell and has four children; two sets of twins: girls (Serrae and Jaena) and girl/boy (Quinn and Eli).[4][5][6] In addition to acting, Bell is also a musician and songwriter in a reggae band.[7] He also serves as a mentor to underprivileged youths in the Big Brothers of America.[8] Bell supported Barack Obama for president in 2008.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Dream Street Credited as Colby Bell
2006 Drifting Elegant Renny Lyles Producer
2007 Showdown at Area 51 Jude
2008 Ball Don't Lie Dreadlock Man
Flowers and Weeds Tyler Voice
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Parent 'Hood Devigian Episode: Father Wendell"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Young Man Episode: "Reptile Boy"
ER Brett Nicholson Episode: "Good Touch, Bad Touch"
1997–1998 Smart Guy Garret
Anthony Williams
Episodes: "The Dating Game"
"Most Hated Man on Campus"
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Patrick Owen 13 episodes
1999 A.T.F. Agent Dinko Bates Television movie
1999–2005 Third Watch Officer Tyrone "Ty" Davis, Jr. 130 episodes
2005 Half & Half Glen 3 episodes
2006 Girlfriends Jason Episode: "The Game"
2006–Present The Game Jason Pitts 64 episodes; Starring seasons 1–3, Recurring season 4-present
2007 CSI: Miami Tony Decker Episode: "Kill Switch"
2010 Archer Conway Stern Episode: "Diversity Hire"
2009–2013 Burn Notice[10] Jesse Porter[11] Seasons 4–7: Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coby Bell—Third Watch". ctv.ca. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ "The Joy of Sets: Third Watch, Learn and Listen!". tvguide.com. February 6, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Madden Toby, Mekeisha (November 7, 2007). "These stars know how to win the 'Game'". The Ventura County Star. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Coby Bell: On-air Personalities". cw27.com. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ Robertson, Regina. "A Father's Love – Celebrity Dads". essence.com. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  6. ^ Karu F. Daniels (April 17, 2009). "Coby Bell: Welcoming Twins For The Second Time Around". Blackvoices Newswire. AOL, LLC. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Coby Bell". BET. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coby Bell as Jason Pitts". cwtv.com. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  9. ^ YouTube
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Coby Bell". Retrieved January 4, 2010. 

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