Social Media has been abuzz with news about the untimely death of legendary television actor & Broadway star Earle Hyman. The actor’s death is reported to have occurred on November 16, 2017, according to Broadway Black’s Instagram page.
R.I.P. Earle Hyman (Best Featured Actor nominee @thetonyawards 1980 for ‘The Lady from Dubuque’) #YouAreBroadwayBlack • With over 15 Broadway credits to his name Earle Hyman was an American stage, TV, & film actor most notably known for his role on The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxtable as well as the voice of Panthro on Thundercats. He made his Broadway debut in 1943 in ‘Run, Little Chillun’ & would later join the American Negro Theatre. Born October 11th, 1926 we honor his life and the contributions he made with his stellar craft. (Relation to music legend Phyllis Hyman & rising star @robynhoodmusic Miriam A. Hyman)
Earle Hyman born in South Carolina on October 11, 1926 and has been interested in acting since was a young lad having seen his first production at the tender age of 13 with his parents. There was the beginning of the phenomenal career of Earle Hyman. Hyman is also said to be related to legendary singer the late Phyllis Hyman.
Hyman’s acting career began with the theater in 1943 and he had not shown any signs of slowing down. He has performed a role on the soap opera The Edge of Night. Earle’s most notable and popular character is reportedly his role of Russell Huxtable the father of Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) on The Cosby Show, in addition to his voiceover work on the animated series ThunderCats as the lead character Panthro.
Earle Hyman was a member of the American Negro Theater, lifetime member of The Actors Studio and he has been vocal about civil rights over the years. The efforts of his successful career and the imprint he left on the industry will not be forgotten.
EarHustle411 sends our condolences to the family, friends and fans of the incomparable Earle Hyman May he rest in power!!