BREAKING: “Cosby Show” Actor DEAD

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We are saddened to report that the widely admired veteran stage, television and film actor best known for playing Bill Cosby’s father, Russell Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, has died. 

Earle Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his nephew Rick Ferguson told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was 91 years old.

A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943 in “Anna Lucasta.” Over the years, he’s played in “The Merchant of Venice, “No Time for Sergeants,” “Mister John,” “Saint Joan,” “Waiting for Gadot,” “Les Blancs” and “The Master Builder.” He would go on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater, playing Othello on countless occasions. In 1980 Hyman received a Tony nomination for “The Lady From Dubuque.”

 Hyman is best known, however, for “The Cosby Show” where he played the father to Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable, even though he was only 11 years his senior. He earned a guest performer Emmy nomination for the role in 1986, Fox News reports.

Additionally, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, fans of the cult 1980s hit cartoon “Thundercats” will recognize his voice as that of Panthro, one of the more aggressive members of the heroic team. Hyman was credited on 125 of the cartoon’s episodes.

Born on Oct. 11, 1926, in Rocky Mount, N.C., Hyman was the son of schoolteachers with Native-American and African-American roots. He was raised in Brooklyn and began his film career with an uncredited appearance in the best picture Oscar winner The Lost Weekend (1945).

Hyman also guest-starred on many TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s, including Camera ThreeEast Side/West Side and The Defenders, and he appeared on the big screen in the war film The Bamboo Prison (1954) and in the crime drama Fighting Back (1982).

An admirer of Ibsen, Hyman took a vacation to Oslo in 1957, eventually became fluent in Norwegian and owned property in that country.

“The only place I’m a star in the true sense of the word is Norway,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1988. “There they come to see me and hope the play is all right. I’m the only foreign actor and only black actor who performs in both Norwegian languages.”

In addition to his nephew Rick Ferguson, his survivors include his nieces Cassandra, Yvette and Monica and nephew Derryl.

Hyman’s death was first reported by the website Broadway Black.

Rest in peace my black brother.

Rest In Power!: A Tribute To The Legendary Actor Earle Hyman Who Passed Away At 91 Years Old

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