Coby Bell stars as Jesse Porter in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE.
A Southern California native, Bell was introduced to acting by his father, Broadway veteran Michael Bell. After graduating with honors from San Jose State University, Bell's big break came when he was cast as a guest star on "ER." Additional stints on "Smart Guy," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Parent Hood" led to a recurring role as Patrick Owen on "L.A. Doctors."
In 1999, Bell portrayed Agent Dinko Bates in "A.T.F.," a television movie based on the real-life events of a compound under siege in Waco, Texas. That same year, Bell began a six-year run on the critically acclaimed drama "Third Watch," as Officer Tyrone 'Ty' Davis, Jr., a role he played for the show's entire run.
After "Third Watch" ended in 2005, Bell switched gears to flex his comedy skills. He landed a recurring role on "Half & Half," as a San Francisco firefighter who is originally set up on a date with the star, Mona, but ends up pursuing Mona's mother.
In 2006, Bell starred in and co-produced an independent film, "Drifting Elegant," which marked his producing debut. That same year, his one-episode guest star appearance on "Girlfriends" led to a series regular role on its spin-off show, "The Game," which ran for three seasons on The CW and was then picked up by BET. He portrays Jason Pitts, a frugal professional football player and captain of the fictional San Diego Sabers.
An accomplished musician and songwriter, Bell enjoys singing and playing in a reggae band. He is a gifted athlete who excels at basketball, soccer and surfing, and he volunteers his time mentoring underprivileged youth with Big Brothers of America.
Bell currently resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife and four children. They are the proud parents of two sets of twins: 7-year-old daughters and a 3-year-old daughter and son.