Joe Cobden

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Joe Cobden (born October 7, 1978 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian actor and filmmaker.[1] He started performing at age 10 as a street vaudevillian, touring festivals worldwide. In 1996, at age 17, Joe enrolled at Concordia University’s Theatre Performance Programme, in Montreal.

Cobden played triplets in the television series Living in Your Car, for which he received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 26th Gemini Awards in 2011,[2] as well as the lead role in the movie Peepers,[3] for which he was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award (best actor). He was the sole voice role in the animated television series Knuckleheads, for which he played over 60 characters was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.[4]

As a director, he made six shorts for Sesame Street, musical videos for Plants and Animals, The Barr Brothers, and Mike O’Brien, and short films with premieres at SXSW, TIFF, and Palm Springs. His choreographic films have won awards, including at Cinédans and the Cabbagetown Film Festival.

He was the showrunner of a sketch comedy show for Quibi, produced by Abso Lutely and Supper Club. The show, Toothpix, was based on a series of absurd video Yelp “reviews” of LA restaurants.

He is the writer and lead actor of four musicals with Canadian musician Socalled. All premiered at Kampnagel in Hamburg.

He was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for the lead role in the Tarragon Theatre production of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Suddenly Naked Patrick McKeating
2002 Summer Miller
2002 Abandon Student on Cell Phone
2002 Swindle Junior
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Unknown Comic
2003 Hollywood North Howard Atkins
2003 Jericho Mansions Vikes
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Zack
2004 The Aviator Another Guest #1
2005 The Recommendations Philip Swan
2007 I'm Not There Sonny
2008 Blindness Policeman
2008 The American Trap Jeffrey Cohen
2010 I Heart Doomsday Amnesia expert
2010 Peepers Steve Sherman
2010 Devil Dwight
2011 Source Code Lab Technician
2012 The Vow Jim
2013 Gibraltar Agent Carlyle
2013 Beneath the Harvest Sky Mr. Soucy
2014 Pawn Sacrifice Motel Clerk
2015 Born to Be Blue Actor Dick
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Air Force Official
2016 Mean Dreams Elbert Ford
2016 Arrival Cryptographer
2017 Radius Sheriff Laredo / TV Reporter
2017 Allure Laura's brother
2018 On the Basis of Sex Allen Derr
2019 The New On Cinema Oscar Special Prosecutor
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday George Jessel


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Nuremberg Soldier Episode #1.2
2000 The Hound of the Baskervilles Perkins Television film
2001 All Souls Peter Cummings Episode: "The Deal"
2001 Dice Sefco Guy 6 episodes
2002 Gleason Coleman Jacoby Television film
2002 University Dave
2005 Human Trafficking Richard Sapperstein Miniseries
2006 This Is Wonderland Mr. Joseph Episode #3.9
2006 Angela's Eyes Dozer 13 episodes
2009 Carny Rogers Television film
2009 The Line Steve 3 episodes
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Zoltan 5 episodes
2010-11 Living in Your Car
2011 The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Private Camembert 2 episodes
2012 Republic of Doyle Bruce Michaels Episode: "Head Over Heels"
2012 Knuckleheads Every characters All episodes
2012 Murdoch Mysteries Gideon Turner Episode: "Twentieth Century Murdoch"
2015 Fargo Percy Bluth Episode: "Rhinoceros"
2015 The Art of More Todd Fletcher 9 episodes
2015–2016 This Life Gregory Gilchrist 6 episodes
2016 Modern Family Tourist Episode: "Double Click"
2016 Blindspot Jeffrey Kantor Episode: "Hero Fears Imminent Rot"
2017 The Kennedys: After Camelot Dun Gifford Episode #1.2
2017 Bellevue Father Jameson 6 episodes
2017 Saving Hope Abbadon Episode: "Leap of Faith"
2018 Sleeper Arthur Stern Television film
2018 Suits Jeremy Stiller Episode: "Right-Hand Man"
2019 Cavendish Felix 4 episodes
2019 Street Legal Simon Tey Episode: "Neighbours"
2021 Antisocial Distance Marty 3 episodes
2021 The Sinner Chief Lou Raskin 7 episodes
2023 Wong & Winchester Garry


  1. ^ T'Cha Dunlevy, "Joe Cobden takes shortcut to TIFF 2016: From cameo in Arrival to 4-minute film". Montreal Gazette, September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Mishki Vaccaro, "Gemini nominations announced: Flashpoint leads, once again, and controversial Kennedys miniseries gets some nods". Toronto Life, August 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Kelly, Brendan (June 10, 2011). "Two Montreal films, Peepers and Good Neighbours, lead the race for the Canadian Comedy Awards". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
  4. ^ Brent Furdyk, "2017 Canadian Screen Awards nominees revealed". Global News, January 17, 2017.

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