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Being an actor is not as glamorous as it sounds for many people who have to live hand-to-mouth to follow their dream.

One of those people was Geoffrey Owens, the former Cosby Show actor who was pictured working in a Trader Joe’s grocery store last year after he fell on hard times.

When the show was pulled from re-runs following the sexual assault allegations (and later conviction) against Bill Cosby, he found himself struggling for money.

Last night, he finally got his chance to return to the spotlight, as part of the SAG Awards’ iconic “I am an actor” opening segment.

Owens was met with a roar of applause from fellow actors as he explained his story.

He said:

So somewhere in the middle of the road of my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt, but instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at a local Trader Joe’s to see if I could hang in there with my career. 

And it’s actually worked out pretty well.

The Trader Joe’s story led to a wave of support from the industry and a few job offers.

Owens is now set to appear in 10 episodes of Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots and will have a guest role on NCIS: New Orleans.

Viewers were delighted to see a hard-working actor finally get his chance to shine.

And he looked like he had a pretty great time as well.

HT: Twitter Moments

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