Carl Anthony Payne II

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Carl Anthony Payne II
Carl Anthony Payne II

(1969-05-24) May 24, 1969 (age 50)
Other namesCarl Payne
EducationHoward University
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1985–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 directed and produced music videos, web series and short films, all while continuing to tour the country as a stand up comic. He even starred in the series For Richer or For Poorer, whose stars were Letoya Luckett and Rockmond Dunbar.

Payne also played an FBI agent, turned 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 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
2003-2004 Rock Me Baby Carl Main role, 22 episodes
2006 The Evidence 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
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 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
2016 For the Love of Christmas Johnathan Feature film
A Heart That Forgives Levar
2017 Boxing Day: A Day After Christmas Daymond Brown
Conflict of Interest Mark
2017 Misguided Behavior Benjamin Fields
2019 Last Call Todd Wool Main role

Music video appearances[edit]


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

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