Q: Is the guy who played Jason's friend on "The Good Place" the same actor who was in "Kong: Skull Island"? What else can you tell me about him? I thought he was great in both, even though they're very different roles.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

"Kong: Skull Island" (2017) is indeed a bit of an outlier on Eugene Cordero's resume. His role as Pillboi on "The Good Place," on the other hand, was right up his alley.

Like so many of today's comedy favorites, he came up through the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. Since then, he's become a main player in TV creator Michael Schur's personal troupe.

Schur is one of the most successful sitcom creators of the moment, having created "The Good Place" as well as "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and Cordero is the only actor to have appeared in all four series.

Mostly small roles ("The Good Place" was the only one in which he appeared for more than one episode), it's still an impressive run considering how successful each of those shows was.

Cordero has been in demand from more than just Schur. More recently, he's had starring roles on sitcoms "Tacoma FD" and "Star Trek: Lower Decks," and supporting roles in many more.

He's also been branching out in recent years. Starting with 2017's "Kong: Skull Island," he's been testing out dramatic and action-oriented fare. He also had parts in the big-screen musical drama "The High Note" (2020) and in Clint Eastwood's 2018 drama, "The Mule."


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