While most well known for his role as grandfather Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Hyman was also a prominent stage and film actor.
He was born in North Carolina and moved to Brooklyn as a child and that is where he began honing his acting skills in the theaters of New York.
He scored an Emmy nomination for his role as Russell Huxtable in 1986 for playing a positive father figure to Bill Cosby on the successful show. In real life, he was only 11 years Cosby’s senior and was first cousins with another great talent Phyllis Hyman.
RIP Earle Hyman. RIP childhood pic.twitter.com/qO9cDr5G8J
— 🌹 Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) November 19, 2017
Due to the success of The Cosby show, Hyman continued to play the beloved character in the sitcom’s Lisa Bonet led spin-off A Different World.
It’s been confirmed that he died on November 17th at 91 years old. However, the cause of death has not been revealed as of this time.
Check out one of his most memorable Cosby Show scenes him below.