Magazine article Black Masks

In Memoriam: Earl Hyman

Magazine article Black Masks

In Memoriam: Earl Hyman

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Earl Hyman, an actor of quintessential grace and dignity, died on Nov. 17, 2017 in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of ninety-one. He was known and revered among stage actors and audiences for his powerful portrayals that often defied racial casting in classical works including The Cherry Orchard, Long Day s Journey into Night, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and Othello. Reported to have portrayed Othello more often than any living actor, theater critic Edith Oliver said, "His distinguished performance is like no other....Even the great speeches...seem fresh and spontaneous" (quoted in Hill and Hatch 353-354). He was inducted into Theater's Hall of Fame in 1997, in recognition of a minimum of "twenty-five years distinguished service to the American theater and, at least, five major production credits on Broadway. …

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