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Earle Hyman, Voice of Panthro, Has Passed Away At 91

Earle Hyman, the African-American theater and stage actor who also made numerous appearances on The Cosby Show, has passed away at the age of 91.

Before gaining mainstream success, Hyman was a classically trained actor who appeared in various television and film roles including adaptions of Macbeth (1968), Julius Caesar (1979), and Coriolanus (1979). However, he was best known as Russell Huxtable, the grandfather on The Cosby Show, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1986.

Fun fact: Even though he was supposed to be Cliff Huxtable's father, he was only 11 years older than Bill Cosby.

Among the geek community, Hyman's booming voice was most remembered as the voice of Panthro on the 1980s TV show, ThunderCats from 1985 – 1990.

Happy trails, Earle Hyman.

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