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Earle Hyman
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Actor
    (October 1, 1926-November 17, 2017)
    Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    Birth name was George Earle Plummer
    Portrayed Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show
    Provided the voice of Panthro in ‘Thundercats’
    Appeared in the films ‘The Possession of Joe Delaney’ (1972) and ‘Fighting Back’ (1982)
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘Run, Little Chillun’ (1943), ‘Anna Lucasta’ (1944-46), ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (1953), ‘Saint Joan’ (1956-57), ‘Les Blancs’ (1970), ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ (1988) and ‘The Master Builder’ (1992)
    First cousin once removed of singer Phyllis Hyman
    His first name was sometimes misspelled ‘Earl’ in credits.
    He played Bill Cosby’s father despite being only eleven years older.
    He noted, ‘I turned down roles in movies because I love the theater so much. What snobs we theater actors can be.’
    He was a member of the American Negro Theater, the American Shakespeare Theater, and the Actors Studio.
    He was such a fan of Henrik Ibsen that he learned Norwegian and established a second home in Norway.
    He was the first black actor to have played Shakespeare’s ‘four giants’: Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth and Othello.
    He was an advocate for color-blind casting: ‘Why should I be deprived of seeing a great black actress play Hedda Gabler?’

Credit: C. Fishel


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