Russell (Earle Hyman) an Anna Huxtable (Clarice Taylor) are Cliff Huxtable's parents on the series.
|Gender:||Male (Russell)/Female (Anna)|
|dedicated and loving grandparents who appear sporadically on series|
|Related to:||Cliff Huxtable (son) |
James Theodore Huxtable (son; deceased)
Clair Huxtable (daughter in-law)
Theo Huxtable (grandson)
Sondra Tibideaux (granddaughter)
Denise Kendall (granddaughter)
Rudy Huxtable (granddaughter)
Elijah Ray Sanders Grandson
|Appeared on:||The Cosby Show|
|Episodes appeared in:||Anna, 19 in series, Russell, 35 in series|
|Character played by:||Earle Hyman and Clarice Taylor|
Russell Dean Huxtable and Anna Simmons Huxtable are Cliff's parents, who appear as recurring characters on The Cosby Show. The part of Russell Huxtable was played on the series by veteran actor Earle Hyman, while the part of Anna wass played by late veteran stage/TV/film actress Clarice Taylor.
About Cliff's parents[edit | edit source]
Anna and Russell were originally from North Carolina, before moving to Philadelphia and, later, New Jersey. Russell was a touring musician in the "Jazz Caravan", playing the trombone, earning the nickname "Slide" Huxtable. Anna is presumed to have been a housewife and mother, as Russell was on the road for many months out of the year. They, as well as Cliff and Clair, and Clair's parents, attended the civil rights March on Washington in 1963.
Russell apparently served in the Army, as evidenced in the portrait of him and Anna on their wedding day given to them on their anniversary. Russell is wearing an Army uniform. Also, Russell shares Army war stories along with his friends Homer Dobson and Boswell Stokes in the Season 3 episode "War Stories".
In the second and third seasons of the series, Cliff and his family organized "entertainment" for his parents' anniversaries, in the form of lip-sync and dance routines to Ray Charles's "The Night Time (Is the Right Time)" in Season 2, and James Brown's "I Got the Feeling" in Season 3. These are among the best-known, and most popular, episodes of the series, especially the first one. As Cliff's parents, the characters are also shown to take an authoritive role over him at times during their visits, especially his father, much to the amusement of the Huxtable children.