The Cosby Show dad dead: Earle Hyman, who played Bill Cosby’s father over nine seasons of the show, dies aged 91

Posted on Nov 20 2017 - 9:34am by admin

Earle Hyman has died Earle Hyman has died [Getty]

The star of The Cosby Show and ThunderCats passed away in his residence at the Lillian Booth Actors Home, according to reports.

He played Russell Huxtable – father of Bill Cosby’s character Cliff – for nine seasons of the show.  

His cause of death was not given in the report.

Earle Hyman, star of stage and screenEarle Hyman, star of stage and screen [Getty]

Earle appeared in 40 episodes of the popular show, often offering advice to his grandchildren.

Aside from his role on the show, his voice also appeared in the animated series ThunderCats, where he voiced mechanic and pilot Panthro. 

Alongside his television work, he was also huge in the theatrical world, often appearing in Broadway productions and plays. 

Earle Hyman starred in The Cosby ShowEarle Hyman starred in The Cosby Show [Getty]

He was later nominated for an Emmy Award, for his memorable work on The Cosby Show in 1986.

Earle made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943, before going on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theatre.

Many took to social media to share their condolences for the actor, with one writing: “Rest In Peace Earle Hyman.

Actors Tonya Pinkins and Earle HymanActors Tonya Pinkins and Earle Hyman [Getty]

“You were a fine actor and I always enjoyed your work. Prayers to your family.”

“A great talent and a great life. That’s how you put your time in on this earth ! Rest my brother,” another wrote, while a third added: “RIP Earle Hyman. thanks for being the voice of Panthro on the original incarnation of ThunderCats #RIPPanthro.”

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