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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has died.

Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says that Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 91.

A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943. He would go on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater. 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.


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10 thoughts on “Earle Hyman Of ‘Cosby Show’ Fame Is Dead At 91

    • elegantone on said:

      Jask…s…have some rest respect for the dead, oh, you were never taught to respect by your mama or anyone who clamed they love you.

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I was thinking about him also while watching the Cosby show recently, I wondered if he were still living, I couldn’t remember hearing that he had passed. Unfortunately, I don’t remember seeing him in anything other than the Cosby Show, so I can’t say how great he was. I definitely liked his character on the show. 91, whew! he lived a long time and I’m pretty sure he saw and experienced a lot. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. he will be missed. I was looking at the Cosby Show on TV one and I said “he is still living” since his tv wife died in 2011 and then to hear this. Wow.

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