Earle studied acting at the American Theatre Wing.
In 1984, Earle was cast as Bill Cosby's father in The Cosby Show this was bizarre since Earle was only nine years older than him.
Earle speaks fluent Norwegian.
Earle is 6' 4" (1.93 m) tall.
Earle: It used to be that casting black actors in traditionally white roles seemed daring, like marching in the street, and maybe things have gotten better and maybe they haven't.