Deon Cole

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Deon Cole
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Born (1972-01-09) January 9, 1972 (age 47)
EducationThornridge High School
Alma materPhilander Smith College
OccupationActor, writer, comedian
Years active1998–present
Known forBlack-ish
Angie Tribeca
ChildrenDylan Cole

Deon Cole (born January 9, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, and comedy writer, originally based out of Chicago.


Born in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago,[1] Cole started in comedy when a friend bet him $50 that he would not get up on stage one night in Chicago.[2]

Cole was on the writing staff for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien from 2009 to 2010,[1][3] and he worked as a writer for Conan from 2010 to 2012.[4] He has appeared frequently in comedic bits for both broadcasts, and he has, along with the rest of the staff, received two Primetime Emmy nominations. Cole also performed on Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" in 2010.[5]

In February 2010, Cole performed on "Comic Aide Haiti", a comedy performance that benefited victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[6]

Cole was on the cast of Angie Tribeca from 2016 to 2018. Cole is part of a television ad campaign for Old Spice body wash.

Cole has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Black-ish as Charlie Telphy. Cole was promoted to a main role beginning with season 4.

Cole has performed stand up on other programs such as John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Mash Up and Lopez Tonight. Cole created his own production company, Coled Blooded, to produce the sketch comedy show Deon Cole's Black Box.[7] It premiered on June 10, 2013, on TBS, but it was canceled on October 25, 2013.[8] Cole has hosted the game show Face Value on BET since 2017.

In 2019, Netflix released a stand-up special called Deon Cole: Cole Hearted.

Personal life[edit]

Cole has a son named Dylan.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Barbershop Customer Dante
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Customer Dante
2005 The Evil One Dejuan
2005 A Get2Gether Jesse
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Dante
2017 The Female Brain Steven
2018 Action #1 Nick Cage In post-production
2018 HeadShop Davis
2019 Friendsgiving Dan In post-production
2019 Welcome Matt Norman In post-production


Cole performing in 2011
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pimps Up Hoes Down Himself
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz The Negotiator Sketch Episode: "Pilot"
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Various 4 episodes
2010-2012 Conan Various 35 episodes
2011 The League Mugger Episode: "The Light of Genesis"
2013 Deon Cole's Black Box Himself (host) 6 episodes
2014 Benched Diamond Episode: "Diamond is a Girl's Worst Friend"
2014–present Black-ish Charlie Telphy Recurring role (seasons 1–3)
Main role (season 4–present)
2016–2018 Angie Tribeca Det. Daniel "DJ" Tanner Main Role
2017 The Standups himself
2017 Face Value himself
2018–present Grown-ish Charlie Telphy Main role
2018 All About the Washingtons Darnell Bell Episode: "You Gots the Chills"


  1. ^ a b Kyles, Kyra (November 12, 2009). "Comic Heroes: Chicago comics breaking into the spotlight on their own terms". Chicago Tribune. p. 30.
  2. ^ Socci, Blair (June 13, 2013). "Talking to Deon Cole About Standup, 'Conan,' and His New TBS Show 'Black Box'". Split Sider. The Awl. retrieved July 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "How much longer can Conan stay at NBC?" Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba). January 14, 2010. p. D2.
  4. ^ Craft, Dan (September 4, 2014). "Cole mining: Deon digs for comedy's mother lode". TCA Regional News. (Chicago).
  5. ^ Brown, K Williams (April 13, 2010). "One woman's tale of Conan O'Brien's comedy tour kick-off". Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon).
  6. ^ "Comic Aide for Haiti". Los Angeles Sentinel. February 25, 2010. p. B7.
  7. ^ Ho, Rodney (May 16, 2013). "TBS/TNT to stream shows for subscribers". McClatchy-Tribune.
  8. ^ "Deon Cole comes home for 'Black Code' comedy". Chicago Tribune. November 22, 2013. p. 3.
  9. ^ COLE, DEON (September 15, 2015). "Happy birthday 2 the love of my life! My son Dylan! Thanks 4 putting up w/ me and my work! Its all 4 u! Love u 4ever!". @deoncole. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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