Tony and Emmy Nominated actor, Earle Hyman has passed away. He was 91.

Hyman was best known for playing the voice of Panthro on Thundercats and various other characters. He also played on The Cosby Show as Cliff’s father, Russell Huxatable.

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Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina then moved to Brooklyn, NY where he primarily grew up.  He became interested in acting during his teenage years making his debut in 1943 in the play Run, Little Chillun, and later joined the American Negro Theater. His phenomenal acting earned him a Tony nomination for his role in The Lady from Dubuque in 1980.

A life member of the Actor’s Studio, Hyman appeared in many plays in the United States and Norway; where he owned a home.

After years of doing stage work, Hyman moved into television and film including roles in MacBeth, Julius Ceaser, Thundercats, and The Cosby Show as Cliff Huxtable’s father Russell, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1986.

He was also the first cousin of singer Phyllis Hyman.