Earle Hyman, Who Played Russell Huxtable on Cosby Show, Dead at 91

Earle Hyman Dies: Veteran Broadway Actor, Cosby TV Dad Was 91

Veteran actor Earle Hyman has died.

His death was confirmed by Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund.

Hyman, who was blessed to have a career on and off of Broadway, was an actor for more than six decades.

He also appeared on stages throughout Europe during his career.

Hyman born in North Carolina in 1926, moved to Brooklyn as a child with his family where he developed his acting skills in the theater scene of New York City.

Earle Hyman in 1986; Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage (NEW YORK) - Actor Earle Hyman, best remember for playing Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has died at 91, The New York Times reports.

The Lady From Dubuque was one of his more memorable performances in contemporary works. 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. He became a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theatre beginning with its first season in 1955 and played the role of Othello in the 1957 season.

In the television world his career spanned almost 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).

Rest peacefully, Mr. Hyman.

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