September 3, 2018
ThisIsInsider.com | By Megan Willet
Over the weekend, photos emerged on news sites of “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens, 57, working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.
Now, fellow actors and fans are coming to Owens’ defense to say it’s common for actors to hold other jobs.
The original story went viral when 2 women saw Geoffrey Owens working at Trader Joe’s
The story was originally published by British news agency South West News Service before being picked up by The Daily Mail and Fox News. Two women in Clifton, New Jersey, took a photo of the actor working at the local grocery store.
“I was just in Trader Joe’s and I said to my wife, I said, ‘Wait a minute, that’s the guy from ‘The Cosby Show,'” one of the women said.
There were also pictures published of Owens at the checkout counter at Trader Joe’s wearing the name tag “Geoffrey.”
Owens famously played doctor Elvn Tibideaux, who married the eldest daughter Sondra on “The Cosby Show.” He was on the show from 1985 to 1992.
He’s also appeared in a number of other shows since, including “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Divorce,” and “Blue Bloods,” among others.
Actors and fans rushed to support Owens, arguing that holding a day job is common as a working actor
The story quickly went viral. While some were surprised to see the actor working at Trader Joe’s, most jumped to the defense of Owens to say that many actors hold day jobs — and that it’s an honorable thing to do so.
Director Judd Apatow said Owens is an incredible actor.
Actor Terry Crews said there was no shame in having another job in addition to being an actor.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation encouraged followers to share their day jobs.
Hashtags like #GeoffreyOwens and #ActorswithDayJobs started trending.
Actresses Vella Lovell, Meagan Gordon Scheuerman, and Pamela Adlon all shared jobs they’ve held while working.
Actress Julie Berman argued that just because Owens works a day job at Trader Joe’s doesn’t mean he isn’t happy.
Other actors like Jack Maxwell shared stories of working with Owens.
And actor Kevin D. Benton pointed out that Owens is much more than an acting resume, and that he also helps kids and teaches acting classes.
Actress Patricia Heaton pointed out that actors working day jobs isn’t news.