Coby Bell

Coby Scott Bell (born May 11, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as professional football player Jason Pitts on The CW/BET comedy-drama The Game and police officer Tyrone Davis, Jr. on the NBC drama Third Watch. He also co-starred as Jesse Porter on the USA Network original series Burn Notice. He also appeared in the Amazon original series Mad Dogs.

Coby Bell
Coby Bell at New York Comic Con 2017.jpg
Coby Bell interviewed at the
2017 New York Comic Con
Coby Scott Bell

(1975-05-11) May 11, 1975 (age 45)
Other namesColby Bell, Cobins Robins Rue
Alma materSan Jose State University
OccupationActor, musician, songwriter
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Aviss Pinkney-Bell

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Orange County, California, to a white mother and an African-American father, the Broadway actor Michel Bell. Before he began acting, Bell attended San Jose State University, where he graduated with honors.[1] He began his career with a few minor roles in various shows including The Parent 'Hood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER and Smart Guy, before landing a thirteen episode stint as Patrick Owen in L.A. Doctors.

In 1999, Bell landed the role of Officer Ty Davis, Jr. on the NBC drama Third Watch. He was one of only five original cast members to remain on the show throughout its entire six-season run on NBC. During the series' run, he co-starred in Safe, a critically acclaimed play co-written by Third Watch co-star Anthony Ruivivar. The play co-starred Third Watch actors Jason Wiles and Yvonne Jung. He appeared in a Third Watch edition of the American version of The Weakest Link.[2]

In 2005, just months after Third Watch ended its run, Bell landed a recurring role on the UPN comedy series Half & Half as Glen Stallworth, a San Francisco firefighter who is originally set up on a date with main character Mona, but winds up falling for her mother, Phyllis (played by actress Telma Hopkins). Despite appearing in only three episodes, Bell's character was mentioned and referenced throughout the show's fourth and final season.[citation needed]

In 2006, Bell starred in and co-produced an independent film called Drifting Elegant. The project marked his debut as a producer. That same year, Bell guest-starred in an episode of the UPN comedy series Girlfriends in an episode entitled "The Game", which served as the pilot episode for the CW comedy-drama series of the same name. Bell stars as Jason Pitts, the captain of the fictional San Diego Sabers football team. He reprised Jason Pitts in a recurring role when The Game, which was cancelled in 2009, returned on BET in January 2011.[3] In June 2010, Bell joined the cast of the USA Network series Burn Notice as former counter-intelligence agent Jesse Porter.[4][5]

On February 28, 2020, it was announced that Bell was cast as Captain Larry James who is the Texas Ranger Captain, a trailblazer in his division, confident, sharp as a razor in The CW crime drama series Walker reboot.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Bell is married to Aviss Pinkney-Bell and has four children – two sets of twins: girl twins and girl/boy twins.[7][8][9] In addition to acting, Bell is also a musician and songwriter in a reggae band.[10] He also serves as a mentor to underprivileged youths in the Big Brothers of America.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Dream Street Credited as Colby Bell
2006 Drifting Elegant Renny Lyles Producer
2007 Showdown at Area 51 Jude
2008 Ball Don't Lie Dreadlock Man
Flowers and Weeds Tyler Voice role
Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Parent 'Hood Devigian Episode: Father Wendell"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Young Man Episode: "Reptile Boy"
ER Brett Nicholson Episode: "Good Touch, Bad Touch"
1997–1998 Smart Guy Garret / Anthony Williams Episodes: "The Dating Game", "Most Hated Man on Campus"
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Patrick Owen Recurring role; 13 episodes
1999 A.T.F. Agent Dinko Bates Television movie
1999–2005 Third Watch Officer Tyrone "Ty" Davis Jr. Main role; 130 episodes
2005 Half & Half Glen 3 episodes
2006 Girlfriends Jason Pitts Episode: "The Game"
2006–2015 The Game Jason Pitts Main role (seasons 1–3, 6–9); recurring role (seasons 4–5)
2007 CSI: Miami Tony Decker Episode: "Kill Switch"
2009–2013 Burn Notice Jesse Porter Main role (seasons 4–7)
2010, 2015 Archer Conway Stern Episodes: "Diversity Hire", "Three to Tango"
2014 Hot in Cleveland Baz Episode: "Auction Heroes"
2016 Mad Dogs Aaron 5 episodes
2016 Cruel Intentions Pascal Barrett Television film
2017 The Quad Mr. Briggs 2 episodes
2017 Hand of God C.O.A. Remiel 3 episodes
2017–2019 The Gifted Jace Turner Main role
2019–2020 SEAL Team Warrant Officer Glen Mack 3 episodes
2021 Walker Captain Larry James Main role


  1. ^ "Coby Bell—Third Watch". Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Joy of Sets: Third Watch, Learn and Listen!". February 6, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Madden Toby, Mekeisha (November 7, 2007). "These stars know how to win the 'Game'". The Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on January 23, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 8, 2010). "'Third Watch' actor joins 'Burn Notice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Coby Bell". Retrieved January 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (February 28, 2020). "Coby Bell To Co-Star In The CW's 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Coby Bell: On-air Personalities". Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  8. ^ Robertson, Regina. "A Father's Love – Celebrity Dads". Archived from the original on December 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  9. ^ Karu F. Daniels (April 17, 2009). "Coby Bell: Welcoming Twins For The Second Time Around". Blackvoices Newswire. AOL, LLC. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "Coby Bell". BET. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "Coby Bell as Jason Pitts". Retrieved October 15, 2008.

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