Bring back some good or bad memories


November 8, 2020

Amazing Photos of Earle Hyman Taken by Carl Van Vechten in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1926 as George Earle Plummer in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, American actor Earle Hyman made his Broadway stage debut as a teenager in 1943 in Run, Little Chillun, and later joined the American Negro Theater.

In December 1958, Hyman came to London to play the leading role in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, by Errol John, at the Royal Court. The following year, he again appeared in the West End, this time in the first London production of A Raisin In the Sun alongside Kim Hamilton.

In addition to his stage work, Hyman appeared in various television and film roles including adaptions of Macbeth (1968), Julius Caesar (1979), and Coriolanus (1979), and voiced Panthro on the animated television series ThunderCats (1985–1989). He played two roles (at different times) on television’s The Edge of Night.

In 1965, Hyman won a Theatre World Award and in 1988, he was awarded the St Olav's medal for his work in Norwegian theater.

One of his most well known roles, that of Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show, earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1986. Hyman played the father of lead character Cliff Huxtable, played by actor Bill Cosby, despite only being 11 years older than Cosby. He died at age 91 in 2017.

Take a look at these amazing photos to see beautiful portrait of a young Earle Hyman taken by Carl Van Vechten in the 1940s and 1950s.


Post a Comment



Browse by Decades

Popular Posts


09 10