Veteran American actor Bill Cobbs has died at the age of 90.

The news was confirmed by Cobbs’ brother Thomas, who wrote on social media last night: “On Tuesday, June 25, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in California… As a family, we are comforted knowing Bill has found peace and eternal rest with his Heavenly Father.”

Bill Cobbs’ publicist Chuck I. Jones told the Associated Press that Cobbs died of natural causes.

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Susan Zachary, Cobbs’ longtime rep told PEOPLE in a statement: “Bill was a hugely talented actor and director. He loved his craft, other actors, his family and friends and was extremely generous with his time, energy and support of emerging talent. He was a revered icon to many and deservedly so.”

Cobbs had enjoyed a career in acting for over five decades, beginning his run as an actor at the age of 36 after an eight-year stint as an Air Force radar technician.

Among his biggest roles were his portrayal as Whitney Houston’s manager in The Bodyguard (1992), the older brother of Medgar Evers in Rob Reiner’s Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), a jazz pianist in Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do! (1996), the coach in Air Bud (1997), the Master Tinker in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and security guard Reginald in the Night At The Museum franchise (2006-2014).

Cobbs wasn’t only a film actor, having appeared in countless TV shows dating back to 1976. He most notably appeared in The Slap Maxwell Story, The Sopranos, Sesame Street, I’ll Fly Away, The Gregory Hines Show, The Drew Carey Show and Star Trek: Enterprise.

In 2020, Cobbs won a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding limited performance in a daytime program for his run as Mr. Hendrickson in the series Dino Dana.

See tributes to the late actor below.

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