Earle Hyman, Known As Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies At 91

NEW YORK - MAY 18:  Earle Hyman attends the 54th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards at Webster Hall on May 18, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Earle Hyman, Known As Grandpa Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show,' Dies At 91

Hyman appeared in 40 episodes during the show's nine-year run.

Published November 19, 2017

Earle Hyman, who played Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has passed away at 91.

Hyman died on Friday (November 18) at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.

Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, confirmed his death. The former Broadway actor was best known for depicting Russell Huxtable, father of Bill and grandfather to Denise, Theo, Vanessa, Rudy and Sondra.

Hyman appeared in 40 episodes during the show’s nine-season run. He received a guest performer Emmy nomination for the role in 1986.

Aside from The Cosby Show, Hyman appeared in All My Children, The Defenders, and voiced Pathro in the 1980s cartoon Thundercats.

A cause of death has not yet been released to the public.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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