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Earle Hyman (1926–2017)


Earle Hyman is a distinguished African American actor who had a 46-year-long career on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Hyman also was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for his appearance on The Cosby Show (1984) playing Bill Cosby's father Russell Huxtable. Born in Rocky Mount, North ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show Russell Huxtable / Voice of MacBeth
(1984-1992)
Long Day's Journey Into Night
(1982)
Thundercats - Ho! The Movie
Thundercats - Ho! The Movie Panthro / Pilot / Guard / Cruncher
(1985)
Thundercats
Thundercats Panthro / Redeye / Ancient Spirits of Evil / Cruncher / Snarf Oswald / Guard / Nemesis / Nemex / Pilot / Snarfer's Friend / Trollog
(1985-1989)

Filmography

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 2015 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Spectator
- Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons (2015) ... Spectator (uncredited)
 2001 Twice in a Lifetime (TV Series)
Charley Freeman / Jack
- Moonshine Over Harlem (2001) ... Charley Freeman / Jack
 2000 The Moving of Sophia Myles (TV Movie)
Bishop Heath
 1997 Cosby (TV Series)
Rev. Mitchell
- Anniversary Waltz (1997) ... Rev. Mitchell
 1996 Hijacked: Flight 285 (TV Movie)
Wayne Edwards
 1994 Seier'n er vår (TV Series)
Sammy
- Team Skuggedal (1994) ... Sammy
- Little Norway Hotel (1994) ... Sammy
- Vi skal gjøre det (1994) ... Sammy
- Amerikansk aften (1994) ... Sammy
- Welcome to Norway! (1994) ... Sammy
 1984-1992 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Russell Huxtable / Voice of MacBeth
- And So, We Commence (1992) ... Russell Huxtable
- Cliff and Theo Come Clean (1992) ... Russell Huxtable
- Cliff Gets Jilted (1992) ... Russell Huxtable
- The Price Is Wrong (1992) ... Russell Huxtable
- For Men Only (1991) ... Russell Huxtable
 1985-1989 Thundercats (TV Series)
Panthro / Redeye / Ancient Spirits of Evil / ...
- The Book of Omens (1989) ... Panthro / Ancient Spirits of Evil (voice)
- Well of Doubt (1989) ... Panthro (voice)
- The Zaxx Factor (1989) ... Panthro (voice)
- Touch of Amortus (1989) ... Panthro (voice)
- Swan Song (1989) ... Panthro (voice)
 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV Series)
Jefferson Adams
- Passing the Bar (1989) ... Jefferson Adams
 1988 Gandahar
Maxum / Chief of the Deformed (English version, voice, as Earl Hyman)
 1987 A Different World (TV Series)
Russell Huxtable
 1985 Thundercats - Ho! The Movie (Video)
Panthro / Pilot / Guard / ... (voice)
 1985 The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (TV Movie)
King Awgwa (voice)
 1982 Long Day's Journey Into Night (TV Movie)
James Tyrone
 1982/I Fighting Back
Police Chief Freeman
 1980 The Ivory Ape (TV Movie)
Inspector St. George
 1979 Coriolanus (Video)
Cominius
 1979 Julius Caesar (Video)
Cicero
 1974 The Super Cops
Police Detective (uncredited)
 1972 Madigan (TV Series)
Detective Clark
- The Manhattan Beat (1972) ... Detective Clark
 1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney
Charles (as Earl Hyman)
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Mr. Patterson (1995)
 1968 Macbeth (TV Movie)
Macbeth
 1967 The Winter's Tale (TV Movie)
Camilo
 1966 Afrikaneren
Raymond
 1965 Seaway (TV Series)
Tom Nkomo
- 34th Man (1965) ... Tom Nkomo
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney
- The Fine Line (1964) ... District Attorney
 1964 Playdate (TV Series)
Crouch
- Alias Jones (1964) ... Crouch
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Buratta
- The Leopard Killer (1964) ... Buratta
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Marsden
- No Hiding Place (1963) ... Marsden
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Premier Djatuma
- The Whistling Shrimp (1963) ... Premier Djatuma
 1959-1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Shepherd / Hopkins
- Emmanuel (1960) ... The Shepherd
- Simply Heavenly (1959) ... Hopkins
 1960 Directions (TV Series)
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
Emperor Greene
 1959 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
Adam
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Jim
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
Adam / Hezdrel
 1956 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Baliff (1984)
 1955 Camera Three (TV Series)
Othello
- Othello (1955) ... Othello
 1954 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
 1954 The Bamboo Prison
Doc Jackson, medic
 1945 The Lost Weekend
Smoking Man (uncredited)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote the foreword to "Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts" (Scarecrow Press, 1990) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Earl Hyman

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Hyman was cast as the father of Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show (1984), even though Hyman is only 11 years Cosby's senior. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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