‘Cosby Show’ Actor Earle Hyman Dead at 91: Reports

November 19, 2017 Updated: November 19, 2017

Earle Hyman, an actor best known for his role on “The Cosby Show” as Russell Huxtable, died at 91, according to reports.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J.

He played Bill Cosby’s character’s father on 40 episodes for the show’s nine-season run. He got an Emmy nomination in 1986.

He also did voice acting and had roles on “All My Children” and “Defenders.” Hyman also appeared in Broadway performances, including shows like “The Merchant of Venice,” “Othello,” “Waiting for Godot,” and “The Master Builder,” the NY Daily News reported.

Broadway Black, which first reported on his death, reported the following:

His career on Broadway would span nearly 50 years with a total of 16 productions to his name with his work earning him a Theater World Award in 1965, and the 1988 St. Olav Award for his work in Norweigan Theater, a language for which he is also fluent.

In the television world his career spanned nearly 60 years with his first credited work being Look up and Live in 1954; Throughout the years he would continue playing various small screen roles including adaptions of Macbeth (1968), Julius Caesar (1979), and Coriolanus (1979).

He’s survived by nephews and nieces.

 

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