Earle Hyman, the veteran actor best known for playing Bill Cosby's (b. 1937) dad on The Cosby Show (1984-1992) — in spite of being only 11 years older — has died, NBC reports.
Hyman was 91.
The actor made his Broadway debut in 1943's Run, Little Chillun. He would appear on Broadway many times, including in The Climate of Eden (1952), The Merchant of Venice (1973) and The Master Builder (1992).
In film, he made his first, uncredited, appearance in the classic The Lost Weekend (1945). He worked most steadily on TV, including in many TV movies and guest spots. One of his steadiest roles was as the voice of Panthro on the animated series ThunderCats (1985-1990).
Hyman was nominated for an Emmy one time for his The Cosby Show role and received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play for The Lady from Dubuque (1980).
His final credited role was in the Canadian mystery/drama Twice in a Lifetime (2001).