Former 'Cosby Show' actor, grocery store worker donates $25,000 Nicki Minaj gave him

    This image released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts, left, with "The Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens during an interview on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. (Paula Lobo/ABC via AP)

    (WENN) - Geoffrey Owens, a former star of the "The Cosby Show," has passed his Nicki Minaj windfall to charity.

    The rapper donated $25,000 to the actor after learning he felt the need to have a second job bagging groceries.

    Owens’ life seemed to quickly change after someone discovered him working at a Trader Joe’s store in New Jersey, and posted it on the internet. Now, work offers have started to trickle in and the actor is paying his good fortune forward.

    Geoffrey Owens during the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center. (Where: New York, New York. When: April 11, 2011. Credit: WENN)

    Owens has confirmed that Minaj's money has come in – and he’s donating the cash to a cause close to his heart.

    “I would like to give this donation to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman, who played Cosby’s father, Russell, on The Cosby Show,” he tells TMZ.

    “He lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home, [funded and run by the Actor’s Fund]. I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.”

    Nicki Minaj during the 2018 Costume Institute's MET Gala Benefit 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.' (Where: New York, New York. When: May 7, 2018. Credit: Andres Otero/

    Minaj responded by telling Owens, “I’m happy to be a part of a great cause. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is. Rest in Peace to Earle Hyman.”

    Meanwhile, Owens will be back on TV in 2019 after landing a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s hit show "The Haves and the Have Nots."

    Perry offered him the gig shortly after photos of Owens bagging groceries went viral.

    “#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shooting OWN’s (Oprah Winfrey Network) number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Perry tweeted. “I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”

    Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on "The Cosby Show" from 1985 to 1992, responded to Perry's offer, telling news show Entertainment Tonight, “That was kind of cool. I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.'"

    He continued: "That's a very, very generous thing for him to say. And we’ll see what happens with that. That’s encouraging."

    Owens said he was originally devastated by the reports and initial reactions, but that soon changed once he received an outpouring of support.

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