Allen Payne

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.

Allen Payne
Allen Roberts

(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 51)
Years active1988–present
Known forC.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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Rooftops Kadim
1989 Cookie Minor Role Uncredited
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
2006 Crossover Kemp


Year Title Role Notes
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
2001 Commitments Van Compton Direct-to-video
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


  1. ^ "20 Years Later Where Are They Now? The Cast of The Cosby Show".

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