Cosby Show star Earle Hyman, who played Grandpa Huxtable, dies at 91

Carla Harmon
November 20, 2017

It is being reported that Earle Hyman the prominent American stage, television, and film actor has passed away at the age of 91 sometime on Thursday (Nov. 17th).

A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943. Most memorably, he played Russell Huxtable, the father of Dr. Cliff Huxtable, in 40 episodes of Mr. Cosby's hugely popular NBC situation comedy about an upper-middle-class black family, broadcast from 1984 to 1992.

According to media reports, Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. Hyman had a long career as an actor performing the works of Shakespeare, Eugene O'Neill, Ibsen and other great playwrights not only in NY and London but also in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. He earned a guest performer Emmy nomination for the role in 1986.

Due to the success of The Cosby show, Hyman continued to play the beloved character in the sitcom's Lisa Bonet led spin-off A Different World. In real life, he was only 11 years Cosby's senior and was first cousins with another great talent Phyllis Hyman.

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