Who is Coby Bell?
Coby Scott Bell was born in Orange County, California USA, on 11 May 1975, so under the zodiac sign of Taurus and holding American nationality. Coby is best known for his acting career, especially for his roles in “The Game” and “Third Watch” TV series, while he is also a producer and songwriter.
Early life and education
Coby is the son of a Caucasian mother, Kathy A. Lathrop, while his African-American father is the famous Broadway actor named Michel Bell. Coby went to San Clemente High School and after he matriculated attended and graduated from San Jose State University – soon afterwards, he landed his first roles in 1997, in “The Parent ‘Hood”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “ER” TV series.
Some say that Coby strives to become as popular as his father, which may be difficult to achieve – Michel was nominated for a Tony Award but although that might mean a lot to some, for him it was just one of many achievements. He was nominated for his portrayal of Joe in Hal Prince’s “Show Boat” production, while he also appeared in the “Civil War” musical on Broadway, and “Riverdance: The Musical”. One can say that the biggest achievement of his life was when he performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the “American’s Millennium” celebration in 2000 – he was being watched by over 600,000 people together with the President and the First Lady.
Michel has performed with some of the most famous operas in the US, including San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera, and Lyric Opera, while he also performed with the L.A. Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He has won awards such as the Jefferson Award, Ovation Award, the Outer Critic’s Circle Award, and the Kevin Kline award, which is why a nomination for a Tony Award did not represent a major achievement for Michel.
He was once also a member of a pop vocal group called “The Fifth Dimension”, and had a chance to perform with some worldwide famous artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Sammy Davis Jr.
Coby’s career in TV series
Coby won his first recurring role in the “L.A. Doctors” TV series, appearing in 13 episodes in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 as well, he won the role for which he remains famous today – the main role of Officer Tyrone “Ty” Davis, Jr. in the “Third Watch” crime drama TV series, and is one of five main cast members who stayed on the show during the shooting of all its six seasons, appearing in every episode of the show aired on NBC until 2005.
Coby didn’t appear in any other shows during this period, but then went on to appear in the “Half & Half” TV series in 2005, and “Girlfriends” in 2006 when he landed his second main role of Jason Pitts in “The Game” comedy drama TV series in 2006, and remained shooting for it for all nine seasons until the show ended in 2015.
Concurrently, in 2007 Coby played Tony Decker in a single episode of “CSI: Miami”, was Conway Stern in “Archer” in 2010, and then won his next main role of Jesse Porter in “Burn Notice”, and shot for it until 2013. After this, he appeared in several TV series such as “Hot in Cleveland” in 2014, “Mad Dogs” in 2016, and “The Quad” in 2017 before he landed his latest major role in “The Gifted” in 2017, and is still shooting for it today.
Coby has appeared in five movies, although they haven’t done as much for his career as his TV roles – the movies in which he’s appeared include “Dream Street” in 2005, “Drifting Elegant” in 2006, “Showdown at Area 51” in 2007, and “Ball Don’t Lie” and “Flowers and Weeds” in 2008.
Personal life and likes
Coby married the love of his life Aviss Pinkney Bell on 9 June 2001 and the couple has four kids together, twins named Serrae and Jaena born on 21 June 2003, and Quinn and Eli, twins as well, born on 2 December 2008 – the family is currently living in New York City.
Coby has other interests as well – he is very good at both basketball and tennis, while he also sings and plays keyboard in a band.
Aviss Pinkney Bell
There is not much known about Aviss, as she tries to stay away from media attention. She has long brown hair, black eyes, is 5ft 8ft (1.75m) tall, weighs around 129lbs (58kg), and her net worth is estimated to be over $500,000. She was born in the US but her exact date of birth is not known – she graduated from the Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Psychology. She worked a couple of jobs in the past, as she was a behavior consultant in Autism Partnership at Seal Beach, then switched to Theracare, and is now working as a Spring Basketball League Coordinator at Alpert Jewish Community Center. Before all of these jobs, Aviss owned the Kids’ Arts & Crafts Playspace where she also worked.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
When it comes to being active in the community, Coby is helping in one of the best ways possible – Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a non-profit organization which helps children see their potential, and work on their futures. The organization has been around for more than 100 years, and is one of the nation’s largest donor and the biggest volunteering organization in the US – their goal is to help children who are facing adversity find their strength by connecting them to an older professional who will do whatever it takes to change their lives, and that is what Coby does, as he is one of the mentors in charge of connecting with the children.
— Coby Bell (@imcobybell) November 6, 2017
Appearance and net worth
Coby is currently 43 years old, has very short hair, so short that he almost appears bald; he has dark brown eyes, is 6ft 3ins (1.91m) tall, and weighs around 192lbs (87kg). He has an athletic body as he is very active and regularly visits the gym.
According to authoritative sources, Coby’s current net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, and is likely to rise as Coby is still very active.
Social media presence
Coby is very active on his social media accounts too – he launched his Twitter account in April 2011, and has so far gathered over 40,000 followers and tweeted more than 1,500 times. His Instagram account “cobybellagram” is followed by nearly 75,000 people, while he’s posted around 100 times – he also has a Facebook page with over 10,000 fans.
Coby’s wife Aviss is also quite active on the internet, as she runs her own Instagram account under the name “2xtwinmom” and has more than 200 followers and nearly 300 posts. She also has a Twitter account which she launched in March 2009, but it is set to private.