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Allen Payne
Allen Roberts

(1968-07-07) July 7, 1968 (age 55)
Nationality African American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Known for New Jack City
Jason's Lyric
Tyler Perry's House of Payne

Allen Payne (born Allen Roberts on July 7, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Jason Alexander in the 1994 drama film Jason's Lyric, as well as his portrayal of C.J. Payne on the family sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2006–2012, 2020-present). Payne is also known for his portrayal of Lance Rodman on NBC's The Cosby Show during its final two seasons. On film, Payne also played Gerald "Gee Money" Wells in the 1991 film New Jack City, and Detective Justice in the 1995 film Vampire in Brooklyn.

Life and career

Payne was born Allen Roberts in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the eldest son of Allen Roberts and Barbara Reeves. He attended Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey.

Payne's first television role was in a 1990 episode of The Cosby Show. Over the span of two seasons he played the role of Lance Rodman, the boyfriend of the character Charmaine. Payne subsequently appeared in episodes of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and Malcolm & Eddie.

Payne has appeared in many films. He played "Dead Mike" in the Nelson George-produced and George and Chris Rock-written hip-hop parody CB4. He also appeared in New Jack City, Jason's Lyric, Vampire in Brooklyn, Double Platinum, and The Perfect Storm. Beginning in 2006, he starred as C.J. Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. He also appeared in the Stacy Lattisaw video I'm Not The Same Girl.

In 2018, he reprised his role from House of Payne on The Paynes.

In 2022, he also stars and reprised his role as "Gee Money" in the stage adaptation of New Jack City: Live on Stage, produced by playwright Je'Caryous Johnson.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Rooftops Kadim
Cookie Extra
1991 New Jack City Gee Money
1993 CB4 Euripides Smalls/Dead Mike
1994 Jason's Lyric Jason Alexander
1995 The Walking Dead Cole Evans
The Tuskegee Airmen Walter Peoples TV movie
Vampire in Brooklyn Detective Justice
1998 A Price Above Rubies Ramon Garcia
1999 Double Platinum Ric Ortega TV movie
2000 The Perfect Storm Alfred Pierre
2001 30 Years to Life Malik
Commitments Van Compton TV movie
Blue Hill Avenue Tristan
2003 Men Cry In The Dark - Video
Playas Ball Cedric Tinsley
2006 Crossover Kemp
2021 The Fight That Never Ends Leon Watkins TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
1990–92 The Cosby Show Lance Rodman Recurring cast: Season 7-8
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Marcus Stokes Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
A Different World Lance Rodman Episode: "Conflict of Interest"
1993 Roc James Episode: "The Parent Thing"
1996 Malcolm & Eddie Preston Episode: "Do the K.C. Hustle"
2004 All of Us Larry Episode: "Used Ta Be My Girl"
CSI: NY Willie Chancey Episode: "Officer Blue"
2007–12 Tyler Perry's House of Payne C.J. Payne Main Cast
2018 The Paynes C.J. Payne Recurring cast
2020– Tyler Perry's House of Payne C.J. Payne Main Cast

See also

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