'Cosby Show' Actor Earle Hyman Passes Away At Age Of 91

Earle Hyman, an actor most famous for playing Bill Cosby’s dad on ‘The Cosby Show,’ has passed away at the age of 91. Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, confirmed that Hyman died on Friday. As CNN shares, Hyman spent his final days at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Hyman was born in 1926 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and he caught the acting bug at a young age. According to his IMDb profile, Hyman fell in love with the theater as a teenager after seeing a Henrik Ibsen play. He would go on to have a lengthy career on the stage, which included roles as Othello and Hamlet in a number of Shakespeare plays. Hyman made his Broadway debut in the 1943 play "Run, Little Chillun."

At some point during his lengthy life, Hyman would learn to speak Norwegian, and we would eventually spend a good deal of time in the country, where he maintained a second home and appeared on stage. In 1980, he was nominated for a Tony award for his performance in the Edward Albee play "The Lady from Dubuque." In addition to his stage career, he has more than 40 credits to his name for various roles in movie and on television.

Fans of the classic sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’ will remember Hyman for his memorable portrayal of Russell Huxtable, the father of Cosby’s character, Heathcliff Huxtable. Hyman made frequent appearances on the show between 1984 and 1992, and he would receive one Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series during his stint on the show. Cosby himself was among those that took to social media to offer up his condolences on Hyman’s passing.

"Earle Hyman brought love, dignity and integrity to Grandpa Huxtable. Thank you, Earle, you will live forever," Cosby wrote.

Unfortunately, the memorable sitcom has quite a stigma attached to it these days due to the numerous allegations that have been leveled against Cosby through the years. While he has never been found criminally liable for any of the sexual assault claims, he went through a very high-profile trial that ended in a mistrial. Due to the volume of allegations against him, the court of public opinion has not been kind.

As such, it can be tough for some viewers to look at the show in the same light. It was a huge hit from the time it debuted, as it’s family-friendly brand of humor revolving around various life lessons struck a serious chord with viewers. There were a ton of memorable scenes of Cosby espousing words of wisdom on his offspring, and Hyman would do the same during his many appearances. The show has gone on to have a lengthy run in the world of syndication as well.

There’s no word on funeral arrangements or memorial services for Hyman at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family, and loved ones for their loss.

Source: TMZ, CNN
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