Geoffrey Owens
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Geoffrey Owens plays Elvin Tibideaux, Sondra's husband on The Cosby Show.


(1961-03-18) March 18, 1961 (age 59)


Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Character played on The Cosby Show

Dr. Elvin Tibideaux, M.D., husband of Sondra Huxtable-Tibideaux, Esq.


Actor, Acting coach and teacher

Years active


Geoffrey Owens (born March 18, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. He currently teaches an acting class at HB Studio in New York City.

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As son of United States Congressman Major Owens, he is perhaps most remembered for his role as Elvin Tibideaux, husband of Sondra Huxtable on the final five seasons (1985–1992) of The Cosby Show.

He guest starred as Eddie's father in the That's So Raven episode "The Way We Were". He has appeared on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In the season 3 episode "The Gang Gets Invincible" he appears at the Philadelphia Eagles' public tryouts as an actor pretending to be Donovan McNabb doing a plug for McDonald's but the gang recognize him as that guy from The Cosby Show who played "Sondra's husband...Elvin"[sic]. In the season 7 episode "Frank's Pretty Woman" he plays a guy pretending to be Tiger Woods. Dee, however, recognizes him and calls him out as the guy who pretended to be Donavan McNabb at the Eagles' tryouts. He then admits he is not Tiger Woods but then claims to be actor Don Cheadle.

He also made an appearance on the season premiere of the NBC-TV series Las Vegas on September 28, 2007.

In 2008, Owens appeared alongside Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, Liz Sheridan, Marla Sokoloff and Juliette Jeffers in the romantic comedy Play The Game Movie|Play The Game.

In 2010, Geoffrey appeared on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager as a court-appointed mediator. He also appeared on the ABC show FlashForward in the episode "The Garden of Forking Paths", playing a researcher.

In 2011, Owens portrayed the role of Caska at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in its Free-For-All production of Julius Caesar.

Throughout his career, people often confuse Owens with Michael Phillip Thomas (Tubbs on Miami Vice) since they look very similar.

In September 2018, Owens was in the news for being spotted and "shamed" for bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's store in a Fox News article. There was an outpouring of support for him on social media, culminating in a Good Morning America appearance and interview.

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