'Cosby Show' actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

Lawrence Kim
November 20, 2017

Hyman's career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival.

Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", has died.

In addition to playing Russell Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom, Hyman is also known for his work on Broadway.

Acclaimed actor Earle Hyman died Thursday at the age of 91, as first reported by Broadway Black.

The longtime actor played Cliff Huxtable's (Bill Cosby) father on 40 episodes over the show's nine-season run, earning him a 1986 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. Over the years, he's played in "The Merchant of Venice, "No Time for Sergeants," "Mister John", "Saint Joan", "Waiting for Gadot", "Les Blancs" and "The Master Builder". He received a Tony nomination for his role as Oscar in the 1980 play The Lady From Dubuque by Edward Albee.

He also played the voice of Panthro on the animated series "ThunderCats", according to the Reporter.

Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, NC, to an African-American father and a Native American mother, who moved the family to Brooklyn, where he grew up.

He is survived by nieces and nephews Rick, Derryl, Cassandra, Yvette and Monica.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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