(George M. Johnson’s article appeared in Broadway Black, 11/18; via Pam Green.)
October 11, 1926 – November 16, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we report television actor and theater great Earle Hyman passed away* late evening November 16th, 2017, at the age of 91. Hyman was born October 11th, 1926 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, of African-American and Native American ancestry. Hyman’s parents, Zachariah Hyman (Tuscarora) and Maria Lilly Plummer (Haliwa-Saponi/Nottoway), moved their family to Brooklyn, New York, where Hyman primarily grew up.
According to an interview in The Villager, Hyman’s interest in theater started at the age of 13 after seeing a production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.