The Jeffersons Actor Sherman Hemsley Dies at 74

By Tim Surette

Jul 24, 2012

Actor Sherman Hemsley, who played the iconic sitcom character George Jefferson on the CBS series The Jeffersons, has passed away, according to reports. There is no official word on his cause of death. Hemlsey was 74 years old.

Hemsley started out as a stage actor before winning the role of George Jefferson on the sitcom All in the Family, where he played neighbor to Archie Bunker. With co-star Isabel Sanford, who played Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, the Jeffersons soon became big enough for their own show, and The Jeffersons was spun off and enjoyed a very successful 11-season run. The show was unique for not only featuring a predominantly African-American cast, but also for portraying an incredibly successful African-American family who owned a string of dry cleaning businesses.

After The Jeffersons ended in 1985, Hemsley starred in NBC's Amen as a preacher for five seasons. He also provided a voice in the puppet series Dinosaurs.

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  • JacklynJohnso1 Jul 28, 2012

    My condolences to Sherman's family. He was such a talented comedian. Sherman Hemsley has a memorial page on Evertalk within Facebook. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk page Christina. I will visit it.

  • ChristinaSmyt1 Jul 28, 2012

    Sherman Hemsley also known as George Jefferson will be missed! God bless you! Someone created a memorial page for Sherman on Evertalk within Facebook. You can post in his guestbook and read his biography. Here's the link:

  • IndianaMom Jul 26, 2012

    George's lines wouldn't have been nearly as funny said by anybody else. I also loved him in Amen (btw, he was a deacon, not a preacher). RIP.

  • efonsecajr Jul 26, 2012

    The original "Charlie Murphy". RIP.

    "I've been kicked outta better places than this."

  • JT_Kirk Jul 26, 2012

    Sherman Hemsley was such a big personality when I was growing up, his voice and his style just had such impact. He really made George Jefferson one of the most memorable characters of TV, bringing a lot of very particular attitude to the screen that will resonate for a long time to come. Every time I see or even hear his work, his presence gets a smile because it's just such a PRESENCE. Hearing of his passing is a sad event for myself, and for all TV fans, his absence will be felt, but at least through reruns his presence will not be fully lost.

  • phonzee101 Jul 25, 2012

    R.I.P You were a funny man.

  • Knightshade03 Jul 25, 2012

    RIP, you'll be missed

  • Notzi Jul 25, 2012

    I was so sorry to hear about Sherman Helmsley's death. I grew up on him. I loved watching "The Jeffersons" and "Amen" growing up. He'll be missed.

  • kryptonkalel27 Jul 25, 2012

    Phil: "Judge Robertson, soo good to see you!"

    Judge Robertson: "And it's so EASSY to see you Philip... Looks like you haven't stepped on the scales of justice in quite some time."

    - Fresh Prince

    This guy was hilarious!

  • Acrobit Jul 25, 2012

    RIP Sherman Hemsley. Is it just me, or are we losing a lot of the older ones this year?

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