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"The Jeffersons" Star Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

Posted: July 24th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Jeffersons" Star Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74Submit Comment
Sherman Hemsley, who starred as George Jefferson on CBS' long-running sitcom "The Jeffersons," died Tuesday, apparently of natural causes, in El Paso, Texas. He was 74.

Hemsley's George Jefferson began as a recurring character on Norman Lear's 1970s sitcom "All in the Family." Spinoff "The Jeffersons," starring Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as his wife, "Weezy," ran from 1975-85. Hemsley was nominated for an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy in 1984. (Sanford died in 2004.)

Hemsley also starred for five seasons beginning in 1986 in the NBC comedy "Amen" as Deacon Ernest Frye.

The actor reprised the role of George Jefferson in the mid-'90s on two episodes of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," starring Will Smith, and in a 2011 episode of Tyler Perry sitcom "House of Payne." He also played Jefferson in an uncredited bit in the 1998 feature comedy "Jane Austen's Mafia."

But Hemsley was a busy actor for decades in roles unrelated to George Jefferson. He appeared on ABC's sitcom "Dinosaurs," "Sister, Sister" and "The Hughleys" and starred in UPN's brief series "Goode Behavior" and 2011 sitcom "Clunkers." He guested on the likes of "Fantasy Island" and "The Love Boat," "227," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," "Designing Women" and "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

Source: Variety


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minkowski writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:15:09 PM

He's finally moved up to that deluxe apartment in the sky.
DexterMorgan writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:15:16 PM

rest in peace
Detrimental writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:18:09 PM

Don't forget Disney's original movie, "Up, Up, and Away!"

Internet Tombstone:
Here lies Mr. Jefferson.
He finally finished his piece of the pie.
pornfly writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:24:51 PM

angeldust street value has just gone up

R.I.P.
watched Jeffersons/Amen all the time growin up
miss those racy days
BadChadB33 writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:40:36 PM

RIP.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:49:02 PM

Now Weezy and George can make fun of another honkey ... Ryan Dunn.


They watch him down in Hell being ass-raped by Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin and Ayatollah Khomeini

cress writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:51:53 PM

I think the high point of his career came in the early 2000s' Dirty Work, with Norm McDonald and Dave Chappelle. There a 60-something Helmsley paraded about in a speedo. Truly a benchmark in cinema history.
jatilq writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 9:53:37 PM

Damn
KillerCOck writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 10:00:32 PM

I'll miss this guy. R.I.P.
Ranger writes:
on July 24th, 2012 at 11:28:21 PM

Nice to see a guy that cranked out as much work as he did. RIP. And well said mink... lol.
Johnnyb writes:
on July 25th, 2012 at 4:54:11 AM

74 years olds????? Not too old for dying of natural causes!!!!!

R I P
LilLebowskiUrbanAchiever writes:
on July 27th, 2012 at 2:08:18 AM

@ Cress:

You are thinking of "Screwed" not "Dirty Work". Both are great though. I love "Screwed" and I agree that it is his best work.

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