Actor Earle Hyman, who we all know as Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has passed away at the age of 91. Hyman passed away on Nov. 17th at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood , NJ according to reports.
The Brooklyn, NY native had many credits outside of the family-friendly sitcom during his 60-year career. He was the voice of Panthera on the 1980’s cartoon Thundercats and was also a Broadway actor. He received a Tony nomination for his role as Oscar in the 1980 play The Lady From Dubuque by Edward Albee. He also starred in Othello and performed throughout Europe.
His Broadway career kicked off in 1944 and he appeared in plays like Anna Lucasta, No Time for Sergeants, Saint Joan, Mister Johnson; Waiting for Godot and Les Blancs. In 1945, he starred in his first film, The Lost Weekend. Hyman also guest starred on TV sitcoms like The Defenders, Camera Three and East Side /West Side throughout the 1950’s and 60’s.
In 1986, Hyman was nominated for an Emmy for his role in a Cosby episode that is an all-time favorite titled “Happy Anniversary” In that episode, the Huxtable clan lip-synced to Ray Charles’ (The Night Time) Is The Right Time” to celebrate he and TV wife Anna Huxtable’s (played by Clarice Taylor) 49th wedding anniversary.
Hyman is survived by two nephews and three nieces.
We send our condolences to his family and friends.