Earle Hyman, 'Cosby Show' Grandpa and Shakespearean Actor, Dead at 91

Earle Hyman, 'Cosby Show' Grandpa and Shakespearean Actor, Dead at 91

Earle Hyman - a longstanding actor, known for his roles on Broadway as well as television and film - has passed away at the age of 91.

Jordan Strohl - who worked as a representative for The Actors' Fund - revealed that Hyman died on Friday at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

He received a Tony nomination for featured actor in a play for his performance as Oscar in the original 1980 production of Edward Albee's "The Lady From Dubuque".

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Hyman also voiced Pathro in the 1980s cartoon Thundercats in 125 episodes, and also appeared in All My Children and The Defenders.

His Shakespearean background would serve him well when he took on the role of Russell Huxtable, the father of Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable.

"That's the one episode that was the most loved, most seen. It just shot off the charts", Hyman said in 2009 on the podcast "Just My Show". He made his Broadway debut in 1943 in Run, Little Chillun before having a two-year run as Rudolf in Anna Lucasta. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and began his film career with an uncredited appearance in the Oscar best picture victor "The Lost Weekend" (1945), according to the Reporter.

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