The “whole handful” of TV offers actor Geoffrey Owens received in the wake of a viral photo of him working at a grocery store is turning into a handful of roles.
Owens will guest-star on an episode of CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans this fall. He will play Commander Adams, a friend of Dwayne Pride’s (Scott Bakula) whom Pride turns to for both medical and spiritual advice.
“For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence and heart. That’s Geoffrey in a nutshell — an accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company,” said executive producer Christopher Silber. “We’re lucky to have him on the show.”
Owens’ role on NCIS: New Orleans comes on the heels of his being cast in a recurring part on OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots. That show’s creator, Tyler Perry, reached out to Owens in the wake of the viral photo of the former Cosby Show actor working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.
The photo led to an outpouring of support from others in the business, many of whom told stories about other jobs they had taken between acting work.
Owens will appear on the sixth episode of NCIS: New Orleans‘ upcoming season, which is set to air in late October. The episode finds Pride still reeling emotionally from a brush with death (events first seen in May’s season-four finale). He consults Adams about what could be causing his current symptoms and what he should do next.
NCIS: New Orleans opens its fifth season on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.