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Earle Hyman - Overview

Date of Birth: N/A     Date of Death: Nov 17, 2017
Place of Birth: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
Nationality: United States
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Earle Hyman was an American character actor who appeared on film, TV, and stage, but was perhaps best known for lending his voice talents to the beloved 80s cartoon "ThunderCats" (The WB, 1985-1989), as well as his Emmy nominated portrayal of Cliff Huxtable's father on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). Born George Earle Plummer on October 11, 1926, in Rocky Mount, NC, Hyman and his family moved to Brooklyn in the late 1920s. For his 13th birthday, Hyman's parents took him to see a production of Henrik Ibsen's play "Ghosts," which gave the young man the acting bug. Four years later, in 1943, Hyman made his Broadway debut in the show "Run, Little Chillun," and joined the American Negro Theater. He got his first big stage role the next year when he began a two-year run on Broadway, playing Ruben in "Anna Lucasta," an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" rewritten by the American Negro Theater. During this time, Hyman made his film debut with an uncredited role in Billy Wilder's Best Picture-winning classic "The Lost Weekend" (1945). In 1955, Hyman joined t... Read More
Had final screen role on an episode of "Twice in a Lifetime"
Was featured in TV movie "The Moving of Sophia Myles"
Appeared in made-for-TV crime drama "Hijacked: Flight 285"
1985 - 1989
Voiced Panthro on Saturday morning cartoon "Thundercats"
1984 - 1992
Had breakout role as Russell Huxtable on "The Cosby Show"
Played the title role in a TV adaptation of "Macbeth"
Appeared on an episode of "Playdate"