Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who had been widely known for playing with Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has expired.
Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says that Hyman died Friday in Englewood, New Jersey at the Lillian Booth Actors Home. He was 91.
A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut in & ldquo; Anna Lucasta as a teenager in 1943. ” Over time, he &’s performed in “The Merchant of Venice, “No Time for Sergeants,” “Mister John,” “Saint Joan,” “Waiting for Gadot,” “Les Blancs” and “The Master Builder. ” He’d go on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater, playing with Othello on innumerable occasions. In 1980 Hyman received a Tony nomination for “The Lady From Dubuque.”
Hyman is best known, but for “The Cosby Show” where he played the father to Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable, even though he was just 11 years his senior. He made a guest Emmy nomination in 1986 for the role.
In addition, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, lovers of the cult 1980s hit cartoon “Thundercats” will recognize his own voice as that of Panthro, one of the more aggressive members of the heroic team. Hyman was credited on 125 of the cartoon&rsquo.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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