Geoffrey Louis Owens born March 18, 1961 is an American actor known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show (1985–1992). He is the son of former United States Congressman Major Owens.
Owens was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Ethel, a music and literature teacher, and Major Owens, a politician. He has two brothers. Owens attended the High School of Performing Arts for a year and graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1983.
One of Owen’s earliest roles was in a local theater performance at Arcata High School where he played the title role in a performance of Peter Pan. This initial outing was what galvanized him to become an actor later in life.
In 1985, Owens made his television debut on the second season of the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show as Sondra Huxtable’s boyfriend Elvin Tibideaux. He married Sondra and became a regular character in 1987 and appeared on the series until it ended in 1992.
He has appeared as himself 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 … Alvin sic”. In the season 7 episode “Frank’s Pretty Woman” he plays the same character, this time 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.
In 2007, Owens guest-starred as Eddie’s father in the That’s So Raven episode “The Way We Were”. He also appeared on the season premiere of NBC’s Las Vegas.
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.
In 2010, Owens 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 Casca at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in its Free-For-All production of Julius Caesar.
In 2015, Owens portrayed an obstetrician on the NBC drama series The Slap, in an episode entitled “Ritchie”.
In 2017, Owens portrayed an Assistant Dean on the FOX drama series Lucifer, in an episode entitled “Deceptive Little Parasite”.
In 1995, Owens married his wife, Josette. They have one son.