Nickname of character played by Carl Anthony Payne II during the 1986-87 season of the sitcom THE COSBY SHOW/NBC/1984-92. Cockroach was the best friend of Theodore Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), the teenage son of a New York City pediatrician.

Note: On the sitcom GOOD TIMES/CBS/1974-79, the Evans Family nicknamed their tenement home (the Cabrini-Green Housing Project in Chicago) the Cockroach Towers.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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