Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

'Cosby Show' Actor Earle Hyman Dead at 91

'Cosby Show' Actor Earle Hyman Dead at 91

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

Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew, Rick Ferguson, told The Hollywood Reporter. The death of the actor was confirmed by Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund. Hyman is also renowned for voicing the character Panthro in the animated television series "ThunderCats".

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The actor, a North Carolina native, started his career on Broadway in 1943, when he was just a teenager.

After seeing his first play by Henrik Ibsen, the actor become a big fan.

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"In 1986, Hyman was nominated for an Emmy for his role in a Cosby episode that is an all-time favorite titled "Happy Anniversary" In that episode, the Huxtable clan lip-synced to Ray Charles' (The Night Time) Is The Right Time" to celebrate he and TV wife Anna Huxtable's (played by Clarice Taylor) 49th wedding anniversary. He has more than 40 acting credits attributed to his name from movies and TV roles. While he was only eleven years older than Cosby, Hyman portrayed an age gap with a stern but wise manner that included reciting Shakespeare when advice was needed. In 1980 Hyman received a Tony nomination for The Lady From Dubuque.

One of his last roles in the entertainment industry was for one episode of the show, Twice In a Lifetime which aired in 2001. He also voiced the brutish Lunataks member Redeye on the series.

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We send our condolences to his family and friends. He will most certainly be missed.

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