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Earle Hyman

Biography

Actor who’s most widely known for his function in the Cosby Show as well as for his voiceover are Panthro in the animated series, Thundercats. He fell deeply in love with acting at age group thirteen, after viewing a Broadway creation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, Spirits. He made an appearance in TV film variations of Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy, Macbeth, and Eugene O’Neill’s dilemma, Long Day’s Trip Into Evening. He was also nominated to get a Tony Prize for his function in the Broadway creation of THE GIRL From Dubuque. He was created in Rocky Support, NEW YORK, to Maria Plummer and Zachariah Hyman, but he was raised mostly in NEW YORK. He was nominated to get a 1986 Emmy Prize for his function as Costs Cosby’s character’s dad in the Cosby Show.

Quick Facts


Full Name Earle Hyman
Date Of Birth October 11, 1926
Place Of Birth Rocky Mount, NC
Height 1.93 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Parents Zachariah Hyman, Maria Lilly Plummer
Awards Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
Movies The Moving of Sophia Myles, Thundercats - Ho! The Movie, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Ivory Ape, The Possession of Joel Delaney, Hijacked: Flight 285, Afrikaneren
TV Shows The Cosby Show, ThunderCats
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1He taught acting classes at HB Studio.
2He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
3Hyman was cast as the father of Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show (1984), even though Hyman is only 11 years Cosby's senior.
4He began his fifty-plus year career as a 17-year-old extra in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend (1945).
5Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for Edward Albee's "The Lady from Dubuque."
6Originally cast in the role of "Bruce" in the film, Brother to Brother (2004). Roger Robinson played the role in the finished film.
7First cousin once removed of singer Phyllis Hyman. His paternal grandparents Ismael Hyman and Cassandra Cross are Ms. Hyman's great-grandparents.
8Is a big fan of Henrik Ibsen and in the 1990s he starred in his own staging of Ibsen's "The Master Builder" off-Broadway.
9Has spent a lot of his spare time in Norway where he has also acted since the 1950s. In the 1990s he also starred in a Norwegian sit-com.
10Speaks fluent Norwegian.
11Has a cabin in Skånevik, Norway, where he spends a lot of his spare-time.
12Best known to the world as Bill Cosby's Dad, Russell Huxtable, in the TV show The Cosby Show (1984).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2015TV SeriesSpectator
Twice in a Lifetime2001TV SeriesCharley Freeman / Jack
The Moving of Sophia Myles2000TV MovieBishop Heath
Cosby1997TV SeriesRev. Mitchell
Hijacked: Flight 2851996TV MovieWayne Edwards
Seier'n er vår1994TV SeriesSammy
The Cosby Show1984-1992TV SeriesRussell Huxtable Voice of MacBeth
Thundercats1985-1989TV SeriesPanthro Redeye Ancient Spirits of Evil ...
A Man Called Hawk1989TV SeriesJefferson Adams
Gandahar1988Maxum Chief of the Deformed (English version, voice, as Earl Hyman)
A Different World1987TV SeriesRussell Huxtable
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus1985TV MovieKing Awgwa (voice)
Thundercats - Ho! The Movie1985VideoPanthro / Pilot / Guard / ... (voice)
Long Day's Journey Into Night1982TV MovieJames Tyrone
Fighting Back1982/IPolice Chief Freeman
The Ivory Ape1980TV MovieInspector St. George
Coriolanus1979VideoCominius
Julius Caesar1979VideoCicero
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV Series
Madigan1972TV SeriesDetective Clark
The Possession of Joel Delaney1972Charles (as Earl Hyman)
All My Children1970TV SeriesMr. Patterson (1995)
Macbeth1968TV MovieMacbeth
The Winter's Tale1967TV MovieCamilo
Afrikaneren1966Raymond
Seaway1965TV SeriesTom Nkomo
The Defenders1964TV SeriesDistrict Attorney
Playdate1964TV SeriesCrouch
The Doctors and the Nurses1964TV SeriesBuratta
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesMarsden
Espionage1963TV SeriesPremier Djatuma
Play of the Week1959-1960TV SeriesThe Shepherd / Hopkins
Directions1960TV Series
John Brown's Raid1960TV MovieEmperor Greene
The Green Pastures1959TV MovieAdam
The United States Steel Hour1957TV SeriesJim
The Green Pastures1957TV MovieAdam / Hezdrel
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesBaliff (1984)
Camera Three1955TV SeriesOthello
Look Up and Live1954TV Series
The Bamboo Prison1954Doc Jackson, medic
The Lost Weekend1945Smoking Man (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How Shakespeare Changed My Life2016Video shortHimself
Today2009TV SeriesHimself
Blacklist: Recovering the Life of Canada Lee2008DocumentaryInterviewee
The Cosby Show: A Look Back2002TV Movie documentaryHimself; Russell Huxtable
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Who Wrote Shakespeare's Works?1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (actor)
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Working in the Theatre1980TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cosby Show1987TV SeriesRussell Huxtable

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic PresentationLong Day's Journey Into Night (1982)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)


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