Deon Cole

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Deon Cole
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Born (1972-01-09) January 9, 1972 (age 47)
Education Thornridge High School
Alma mater Philander Smith College
Occupation Actor and Comedian
Years active 1998–present
Known for Black-ish
Angie Tribeca
Children 1

Deon Cole (born January 9, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, and comedy writer. Originally based out of Chicago, he is best known as a member of the writing staff of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009–2010) and subsequently Conan (2010–present) and also for being a cast member on Angie Tribeca (2016–present). He has appeared frequently in comedic bits for both broadcasts and has, along with the rest of the staff, received two Primetime Emmy nominations. Cole had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Black-ish as Charlie Telphy which was changed to main role from season 4 onwards. He first got into comedy when a friend bet him $50 that he would not get up on stage one night in Chicago.[1]

Cole has also performed stand up on other programs such as John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, Mash Up and Lopez Tonight. Cole created his own production company, Coled Blooded, to produce the sketch comedy show Deon Cole's Black Box. It premiered on June 10, 2013 on TBS but was canceled on October 25, 2013. Cole has hosted the game show Face Value on BET since 2017.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Barbershop Customer Dante
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Customer Dante
2005 The Evil One Dejuan
2005 AGet2Gether Jesse
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Dante
2017 The Female Brain Steven
2018 Action #1 Nick Cage In post-production
2018 HeadShop Davis In post-production
2019 Friendsgiving Dan In post-production
2019 Welcome Matt Norman In post-production


Cole performing in 2011
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pimps Up Hoes Down Himself
2007 Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz The Negotiator Sketch Episode: "Pilot"
2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Various 4 episodes
2010-2012 Conan Various 35 episodes
2011 The League Mugger Episode: "The Light of Genesis"
2013 Deon Cole's Black Box Himself (host) 6 episodes
2014 Benched Diamond Episode: "Diamond is a Girl's Worst Friend"
2014–present Black-ish Charlie Telphy Recurring role (seasons 1-3)
Main role (season 4-present)
2016–present Angie Tribeca Det. Daniel "DJ" Tanner Main Role
2017 The Standups himself
2017 Face Value himself
2018–present Grown-ish Charlie Telphy Main role
2018 All About the Washingtons Darnell Bell Episode: "You Gots the Chills"


  1. ^ Socci, Blair (June 13, 2013). "Talking to Deon Cole About Standup, 'Conan,' and His New TBS Show 'Black Box'". Split Sider. The Awl. Retrieved July 4, 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • Deon Cole on IMDb
  • Performance on Youtube
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