Carl Anthony Payne II

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Carl Anthony Payne II
Born Carl Anthony Payne II
(1969-05-24) May 24, 1969 (age 49)
Clinton, South Carolina, U.S.
Other names Carl Payne
Education Howard University
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1985–present

Carl Anthony Payne II (born May 24, 1969) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles as Cole Brown on the FOX sitcom Martin and Walter "Cockroach" Bradley on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Early life[edit]

Payne studied acting at the First All Children's Theater, an off-Broadway repertory theatre company. He graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York and Howard University.

Acting career[edit]

Carl Payne is best known for his role as Cole Brown on the FOX sitcom Martin and his recurring role as Theo Huxtable's best friend Cockroach on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Payne played Reynaldo St. James on the BET series The Game. He has directed and produced music videos, web series and short films, all while continuing to tour the country as a stand up comic. Most recently, Payne wrapped filming for GMC/Aspire’s new television show For Richer or For Poorer starring Letoya Luckett and Rockmond Dunbar. The series is set to air in 2013.

Payne can be seen currently playing an FBI agent, and later as FCC field agent on The Rickey Smiley Show.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Credit Role Notes
1986–1987 The Cosby Show Walter "Cockroach" Bradley Recurring role, 12 episodes
1990 Hull High (TV series) Hull High Devil Rapper Recurring role, 9 episodes
1991 Quantum Leap Clinton Leveret Episode: "A Single Drop of Rain"
1992–1997 Martin Cole Brown Main role, 132 episodes
1999 The Breaks Chris Feature film
2000 The Hughleys Earnest 1 episode
2002-2003 George Lopez Curtis Recurring role, 3 episodes
2003 Swirl [1] Beethoven Feature film (comedy)
2003-2004 Rock Me Baby (TV series) Carl Main role, 22 episodes
2006 The Evidence (TV series) Anthony Bishop Recurring role, 4 episodes
2008 Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds Slasher Horror film
Girlfriends Ray Episode: "Time to Man Up"
2009 There's A Stranger in My House Bailey Horror film
Feast 3: The Happy Finish Slasher Horror film
2010 Love Me or Leave Me Joseph Wyatt TV movie
2011 He's Mine Not Yours Doug Film, Credited as Carl Payne
2012 The Game Reynaldo St. James Recurring role, 4 episodes
2012-2013 For Richer or Poorer (TV series) Deshaun Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013 The Dark Sorcerer The troll goblin Short film
Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story Antonio "L.A." Reid TV movie
2014 Marry Us for Christmas Preston TV movie
2016 For the Love of Christmas Johnathan Feature film
A Heart That Forgives Levar Feature film
2017 Boxing Day: A Day After Christmas Daymond Brown Feature film
Conflict of Interest Mark Feature film
2017 Misguided Behavior Benjamin Fields Feature film

Music video appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Swirl (2003) - IMDb". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

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