Geoffrey Owens may not have received a dime of Nicki Minaj’s promised $25,000 check, but he’s still landing plenty of Hollywood gigs.
Owens, 57, was offered a guest star role on NCIS: New Orleans just two weeks after photos of him working at Trader Joe’s were published.
The former Cosby star, who took the Trader Joe’s job after the show was pulled from syndication, has also booked a 10-episode stint on The Haves And the Have Nots.
Owens will play a character called Commander Adams in the sixth episode of NCIS: New Orleans, which will air in late October.
Geoffrey Owens may not have received a dime of Nicki Minaj’s promised $25,000 check, but he’s still landing plenty of Hollywood gigs after being photographed working at Trader Joe’s
Owens, 57, was offered a guest star role on NCIS: New Orleans, executive producer Christopher Silber excitedly revealed on Twitter
The former Cosby star has also booked a 10-episode stint on Tyler Perry’s hit OWN drama The Haves And the Have Nots
Commander Adams will be an old friend of the character Pride – played by series lead Scott Bakula – who will reach out to him for ‘medical and spiritual advice’, according to Deadline.
Pride, who nearly died in last season’s finale, will talk to Commander Adams about ‘what could be causing his current symptoms and what his next course of action should be’.
NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Christopher Silber said the show wanted someone with ‘compassion, competence, and heart’ to play Commander Adams.
Sources told TMZ that Minaj and her team have not even contacted Owens after she pledged to donate $25,000 to him
‘That’s Geoffrey in a nutshell,’ he told the site. ‘An accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company.’
‘We’re lucky to have him on the show.’
Silber also tweeted news that Owens would appear on the show, writing: ‘So excited he’ll be joining our extended family! Class act!’
Last week director Tyler Perry offered Owens a role on his hit OWN drama The Haves And the Have Nots.
‘#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!’ Perry wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.
‘I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.’
Perry is the creator and director of the show, which is based on his own 2011 play.
The soap opera, which premiered in 2013, follows two powerful rich families and one poor family as their lives intertwine in Savannah, Georgia.
Perry’s offer came soon after Owens spoke out about his job at Trader Joe’s, revealing that he wasn’t ashamed of working hard.
His story prompted Minaj to claim she was going to send Owens a $25,000 check to help him through the tough times.
‘They took a picture of Geoffrey Owens and put this motherf***ing man on the motherf***in’ internet while he was f***ing baggin up some f***ing groceries to feed his muthaf***ing family,’ Minaj said on her Queen Radio show last week.
‘I personally want to donate, on behalf of Queen Radio, $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens today.’
But sources tell TMZ that Minaj and her team haven’t even contacted Owens yet.
Owens revealed earlier this week that he took the Trader Joe’s job after The Cosby Show was pulled from syndication when dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of rape
On Monday Minaj said she was having a difficult time getting in touch with Owens and his representatives, but sources claim his team haven’t heard a word from her despite being easy to contact.
The actor has made it clear he’s not looking for pity or charity – whether it be acting roles or bank checks – and sources said it is likely he would have donated Minaj’s contribution to his favorite charities.
Owens revealed earlier this week that he took the Trader Joe’s job after The Cosby Show was pulled from syndication when dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of rape.
Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting fellow Temple alum Andrea Constand in 2004. He is expected to be sentenced later this month.
Owens is pictured in a head shot from The Cosby Show. He appeared in the hit show from 1985 to 1992, when it wrapped
With re-runs of the show no longer on the air, royalty checks for the comedian’s former co-stars suddenly dried up.
‘Yes, it impacted me financially,’ Owens told People. ‘At the time that the show was pulled, that did make a difference in our income.’
‘That was one of the elements that led to my getting to the place where I said to myself, ”I have to do something” and I was thinking, ”What can I do?”
‘The answer ended up being Trader Joe’s, which is actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways. But I got to the point, I just had to do something to support myself and my family.’
Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on the show from 1985 to 1992, said he was ‘hurt’ by the reports on his job at Trader Joe’s, as well as the unflattering photo that was used of him bagging groceries.
‘The words they used to describe me were so demeaning. It hurt,’ he said.
Owens, who had to quit his Trader Joe’s job due to the overwhelming media coverage, said he never expected to be set for life after The Cosby Show.
With re-runs of the show no longer on the air, royalty checks for the comedian’s former co-stars suddenly dried up. Owens is pictured here in a fourth series promotional image
‘I always expected that one way or another I would work and make a living,’ he said.
‘Whether it was teaching, directing, acting, little job here and little job there, then I’d patch it together.’
‘I didn’t foresee working at a place like Trader Joe’s, as great as that place is. I didn’t foresee going out of the business for work, but I thought that within the business, I would patch together a modest living, at least enough to get by.’
But Owens said acting remains his ‘calling’, and he will do whatever it takes to keep following his passion.
‘I’m going to keep pursuing it. I’m going to persevere,’ he said.
‘And even if that means, that eventually when all this hoopla dies down, I might need to take another job outside of the business. I’m still willing to do that.’