Special Event

Carl Anthony Payne II

Fri, Nov 29, 2019
Sat, Nov 30, 2019
Special Event

Carl Anthony Payne II

Carl Anthony Payne, a successful actor, producer, and director, was born on May 24, 1969 in the small town of Clinton, South Carolina. He began working towards his acting career at a young age by studying at the First All Children's Theater, which was an off Broadway reparatory theater company. He later attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Payne continued his education and training at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is best known for his recurring roles as Theo Huxtable's best friend "Cockroach" on the ever popular and classic NBC's hit series, The Cosby Show and as “Cole Brown" on the FOX network TV series Martin.

Payne stays on top of his career by not allowing him to be stereotyped or pigeon held. He continues to display his versatility on screen by playing roles such as Reynoldo St. James, on the popular BET series The Game, to most recently renowned producer L.A. Reid in VH1’s TLC Biopic. He has directed and produced music videos, web series and short films, all while continuing to showcase his stand-up comedy in different cities.