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July 7, 1968
Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Known for||C.J. Payne – House of Payne|
Allen Payne (born Allen Roberts; July 7, 1968) is an American film and television actor, best known for his role as C.J. Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne television series (2006–2012). Payne is also known for his portrayal of Gerald "Gee Money" Wells; the drug lord sidekick opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City.
Life and career
Payne was born Allen Roberts in Harlem, New York, to Allen Roberts and Barbara Reeves. Payne is the oldest of two children although he has many close family and friends he considers to be siblings. Roberts attended Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken NJ. His first exposure on television was in 1990 on The Cosby Show. During two seasons, he made several appearances in which he played Lance Rodman, Charmaine's boyfriend. He also appeared as Marcus Stokes in an episode during the second season of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. He made a guest appearance on Malcolm & Eddie as Preston.
Payne has appeared in many films, including a role with Jada Pinkett Smith in Jason's Lyric. He played a leading role in the Nelson George-produced and George and Chris Rock-written CB4 as "Dead Mike" - which was a hip-hop parody that co-starred Chris Rock, Charlie Murphy, and Khandi Alexander and in which Ice-T, Ice Cube, Shaquille O'Neal, Flavor Flav and Eazy-E made cameos. He appeared in New Jack City, Vampire in Brooklyn, Double Platinum, and The Perfect Storm.
He has also studied dance.
- Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2006–2012) as C.J. Payne
- All of Us (2004) as Larry
- The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (1992) as Marcus
- A Different World (1992) as Lance Rodman
- The Cosby Show (1990–1992) as Lance Rodman.
- CSI:NY (12/01/04) episode "officer blue" as Willie Chancey
- Crossover (2006)
- Playas Ball (2003)
- Men Cry In The Dark (2003)
- Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
- Commitments (2001)
- 30 Years to Life (2001)
- The Perfect Storm (2000)
- Double Platinum (1999)
- A Price Above Rubies (1998)
- The Walking Dead (1995)
- The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
- Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
- Jason's Lyric (1994)
- CB4 (1993)
- New Jack City (1991)
- Rooftops (1989)
- "20 Years Later Where Are They Now? The Cast of The Cosby Show". madamenoire.com.