Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley Dead -- Actor Who Played George Jefferson Dies at 74

Every week the brash, wise cracking,"Weezy" loving, "honky" calling, money obsessed, boisterous George Jefferson was invited into our homes as we watched the Jeffersons from 1975-1984. Obviously my family wasn’t alone in their affection for this show because The Jeffersons is the longest-running sitcom with a predominantly black cast in the history of American television.

The show focused on George and Louise Jefferson, an affluent Black couple living in New York City. The show was launched as the second spin-off of All in the Family, on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker.

Sadly, Sherman Hemsley died on July 24, 2012, at the age of 74 at his home in El Paso, Texas, apparently of natural causes.
Sherman Alexander Hemsley (February 1, 1938 – July 24, 2012) was an American actor, most famous for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and the Jeffersons, and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen. He also played Earl Sinclair's horrifying boss, a Triceratops named B.P. Richfield, on the Jim Henson sitcom Dinosaurs.

Hemsley never married and had no children.

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