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Allen Payne (born July 7, 1968) is an American film and television actor known for his recurring role as Lance Rodman on NBC's The Cosby Show during its final two seasons and as C.J. Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne television series (2006–2012; 2020-present) and Tyler Perry’s The Paynes television series (2018). Payne is also known for his portrayal of Gerald "Gee Money" Wells; the drug lord sidekick opposite Wesley Snipes in the 1991 film New Jack City, Jason Alexander in the 1994 film Jason's Lyric and Detective Justice in the 1995 film Vampire in Brooklyn opposite Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett.
July 7, 1968
|Known for||C.J. Payne – House of Payne|
Gee Money – New Jack City
Tristan – Blue Hill Avenue
Life and careerEdit
Payne was born Allen Roberts in the Harlem area of New York City, to Allen Roberts and Barbara Reeves. Payne is the oldest of two children although he has many close family and friends he considers to be siblings. Roberts attended Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. His first acting role on television was in 1990 on The Cosby Show. During two seasons, he made several appearances in which he played Lance Rodman, Charmaine's boyfriend. He also appeared as Marcus Stokes in an episode during the second season of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. He made a guest appearance on Malcolm & Eddie as Preston.
Payne has appeared in many films, including a role with Jada Pinkett Smith in Jason's Lyric. He played a leading role in the Nelson George-produced and George and Chris Rock-written CB4 as "Dead Mike" - which was a hip-hop parody that co-starred Chris Rock, Charlie Murphy, and Khandi Alexander and in which Ice-T, Ice Cube, Shaquille O'Neal, Flavor Flav and Eazy-E made cameos. He appeared in New Jack City, Vampire in Brooklyn, Double Platinum, and The Perfect Storm. Beginning in 2006, he starred on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. He appeared in a Stacy Lattisaw video I'm Not The Same Girl.
In 2018, on OWN's The Paynes, he is back to make an appearance as a recurring characters in the episode "A Surprise for the Paynes", "Revelations of Payne" and "A Confrontation of Payne". along with Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, Larramie "Doc" Shaw and China Anne McClain.
|1991||New Jack City||Gee Money|
|1993||CB4||Euripides / Dead Mike|
|1994||Jason's Lyric||Jason Alexander|
|1995||The Walking Dead||Cole Evans|
|1995||Vampire in Brooklyn||Detective Justice|
|1998||A Price Above Rubies||Ramon Garcia|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||Alfred Pierre|
|2001||30 Years to Life||Malik|
|2001||Blue Hill Avenue||Tristan|
|2003||Men Cry In The Dark||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Playas Ball||Cedric Tinsley|
|1990–1992||The Cosby Show||Lance Rodman||10 episodes|
|1992||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Marcus Stokes||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|1992||A Different World||Lance Rodman||Episode: "Conflict of Interest"|
|1993||Roc||James||Episode: "The Parent Thing"|
|1995||The Tuskegee Airmen||Walter Peoples||Television film|
|1999||Double Platinum||Ric Ortega||Television film|
|2004||All of Us||Larry||Episode: "Used Ta Be My Girl"|
|2004||CSI: NY||Willie Chancey||Episode: "Officer Blue"|
|2007–2012, 2020-present||Tyler Perry's House of Payne||C.J. Payne||107 episodes|
|2018||Tyler Perry's The Paynes||C.J. Payne||3 episodes|
- "20 Years Later Where Are They Now? The Cast of The Cosby Show". madamenoire.com.