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Coby Scott Bell (born May 11, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his roles as NYPD officer Tyrone Davis, Jr. on the NBC drama Third Watch, and professional football player Jason Pitts on the CW comedy-drama The Game. He currently stars as Jesse Porter on the USA Network original series Burn Notice.

Early life and careerEdit

Born in Orange County, California, Bell is the son of Broadway actor Michel Bell. Before he began acting, Bell attended San Jose State University, where he graduated with honors. 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 also starred Third Watch regular Jason Wiles and Third Watch recurring guest star Yvonne Jung. Bell also appeared in a Third Watch edition of the American version of The Weakest Link.

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.

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 comedy-drama of the same name. Bell stars as Jason Pitts, the captain of the fictional San Diego Sabers football team. The CW series also stars Tia Mowry and Wendy Raquel Robinson.

In 2010, Bell joined the cast of the USA series Burn Notice as Jesse Porter, a counterintelligence agent.

Personal lifeEdit

Bell is married to Aviss Pinkney-Bell and has four children; two sets of twins: girls (Serrae and Jaena) and a girl and a boy (Quinn and Eli).

In addition to acting, Bell is also a musician and songwriter in a reggae band. He also serves as a mentor to underprivileged youths in the Big Brothers of America.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Film
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
Television
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 13 episodes
1999 A.T.F. Agent Dinko Bates Television movie
1999–2005 Third Watch Officer Tyrone "Ty" Davis, Jr. 130 episodes
2005 Half & Half Glen 3 episodes
2006 Girlfriends Jason Episode: "The Game"
2006–Present The Game Jason Pitts 31 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Tony Decker Episode: "Kill Switch"
2010 Archer Conway Stern Episode: "Diversity Hire"
2010–Present Burn Notice Jesse Porter Season 4 main cast

ReferencesEdit


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