Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the . Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
As a Hollywood actor, Cobb has played a series of villainous roles in films such as Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol , Blind Fury , Ace Ventura: Pet Detective , Liar Liar , The Golden Child , Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult , Fletch Lives , and Ernest Goes to Jail . He has made guest appearances on several television shows, including Miami Vice , Highlander: The Series , Married... with Children , Moonlighting , Walker, Texas Ranger , MacGyver (as the character Earthquake), and The X-Files . Cobb's other appearances include the 1983 film Uncommon Valor , which reversed his villainous image; the 1987 movie Critical Condition , in which he plays a character in the psych ward who thinks he is a "brother" (an African American); The Champ , which referred to his boxing career by casting Cobb as a boxer who fights the title character, Billy Flynn; and Diggstown , in which he plays a prison inmate who fights at the behest of a con man. One of his more memorable roles is the menacing biker/bounty hunter Leonard Smalls in the 1987 Coen Brothers film Raising Arizona .