Carl Anthony Payne II

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(1969 - ) Carl Anthony Payne II was born in Clinton, SC. He is an actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles as Cole Brown on the FOX sitcom Martin and Walter "Cockroach" Bradley on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Payne started his acting career as a young child - he studied acting at the First All Children's Theater, an off-Broadway repertory theatre company. After graduating from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, Payne moved to Washington, DC., to attend Howard University.  

In 1992 he married Melika Michem Williams. The couple has two sons, Carl Anthony III and Malek. He is also the stepfather of Landon Brown, Melika's oldest son with singer Bobby Brown. 

Payne currently resides with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.