Working actors have sprung to the defence of former The Cosby Show series regular Geoffrey Owens after a news piece highlighted the fact he, shock horror, now has a job working at a supermarket.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, the shopper who spotted Owens bagging groceries at a Trader Joe‘s in New Jersey said “It made me feel really bad. I was like, “Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier.”

Owens played the role of Dr Elvin Tibideaux, a young medical pro who married into the televised Cosby family. He appeared in the last five seasons of the massively influential show.

In the years since, he earned credits on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Lucifer. But other actors have defended his grocery store gig, saying that day jobs are an honourable reality in a business which can see actors go long periods without stable employment.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews and Better ThingsPamela Adlon both defended Owens, and spoke out about their employment outside of the entertainment industry.

Everyone Loves Raymond and The Middle regular Patricia Heaton called out those trying to “humiliate” Owens for his employment.

Broadway actor Andrew Kober, whose TV credits also include Boardwalk Empire and House Of Cards, added “the honor is in the hustle.”

Blair Underwood of Quantico shared similar sentiments.

Even Alec Baldwin had a crack.

For what it’s worth, The Cosby Show reruns were pulled from US television earlier this year after its star, Bill Cosby, was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault.  Obviously, making an honest living at a supermarket beats being a convicted sex offender.

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