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Sherman Hemsley (1938–2012)

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, "Weezy" loving, "honky" calling, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, worked at a printing press while ... See full bio »


(age 74) in El Paso, Texas, USA

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 2011 Clunkers (TV Series)
- Happy Dust (2011) ... Boss
- Loan Shark (2011) ... Boss
- The New Guy (2011) ... Boss
- Star Scorned (2011) ... Boss
- Intervention (2011)
 2008 Hanging in Hedo
Henry Hunter
 2008 For the Love of a Dog
George O'Donnell
 2004 Mr. Ed (TV Movie)
Mr. Ed (voice)
 2001 Love Thy Neighbor (TV Movie)
 1999-2000 The Hughleys (TV Series)
Mr. Williams / James Williams
- Oh Thank Heaven for Seven-Eleven (2000) ... James Williams
- Body Double (2000) ... Mr. Williams
 1999 City Guys (TV Series)
Slick Billy West
- Face the Music (1999) ... Slick Billy West
 1999 V.I.P. (TV Series)
Sherman Hemsley
- Val the Hard Way (1999) ... Sherman Hemsley
 1998 Clips' Place (TV Movie)
 1998 The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (TV Series)
Union spy
- Up, Up and Away (1998) ... Union spy
 1995-1998 Sister, Sister (TV Series)
Grandpa Campbell
- Shoeless (1998) ... Grandpa Campbell
- Summer Bummer (1996) ... Grandpa Campbell
- Christmas (1995) ... Grandpa Campbell
- Grandpa Campbell (1995) ... Grandpa Campbell
 1998 Senseless
Smythe-Bates Doorman
 1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning (Video)
Store Owner
 1997 Sprung
Brotha #1
 1997 All That (TV Series)
- Sherman Hemsley/Nas (1997) ... Doctor
 1996 Clueless (TV Series)
Murray's Grandpa
- Romeo and Cher (1996) ... Murray's Grandpa
 1996 Minor Adjustments (TV Series)
Dr. Engel
- Baby Boomer Angst (1996) ... Dr. Engel
 1996 Martin (TV Series)
Mr. Washington
- D.M.V. Blues (1996) ... Mr. Washington
 1995 The Misery Brothers
Rev. Scheister
 1995 In the House (TV Series)
- Christmas Story (1995) ... Buster
 1995 The Magic School Bus (TV Series)
Mr. Junkit
- Revving Up (1995) ... Mr. Junkit (voice)
 1995 The Wayans Bros. (TV Series)
Mr. Stone
 1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
- Rumpelstiltskin (1995) ... Miller (voice)
 1995 The Secret World of Alex Mack (TV Series)
Professor Lake
- Annie Bails (1995) ... Professor Lake
 1994-1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
Captain Savage
- An Unlikely Match (1995) ... Captain Savage
- Midterm Crisis (1995) ... Captain Savage
- Par for the Course (1994) ... Captain Savage
 1994 Home of Angels
Buzzard Bracken
 1994 New Year's Rotten Eve (Video)
 1994 Me and the Boys (TV Series)
- Oops, There It Is! (1994) ... Irv
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Winslow P. Schott / The Toyman
- Season's Greedings (1994) ... Winslow P. Schott / The Toyman
 1991-1994 Dinosaurs (TV Series)
B.P. Richfield / B.P Richfield
- Working Girl (1994) ... B.P. Richfield (voice)
- Life in the Faust Lane (1994) ... B.P. Richfield (voice)
- Changing Nature (1994) ... B.P. Richfield (voice)
- Earl's Big Jackpot (1994) ... B.P. Richfield (voice)
 1994 Thunder in Paradise (TV Series)
Capt. Hawspipe
- Distant Shout of Thunder (1994) ... Capt. Hawspipe
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Judge Powell
- Who Killed the Legal Eagle? (1994) ... Judge Powell
 1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Wallace Pitney
- School's a Drag (1993) ... Wallace Pitney
 1993 Townsend Television (TV Series)
Wizard of Oz
 1993 Mr. Nanny
Burt Wilson
 1993 Designing Women (TV Series)
Mr. Toussant
- Wedding Redux (1993) ... Mr. Toussant
 1991 What a Dummy (TV Series)
- Knock on Wood (1991) ... Dills
 1990 Camp Cucamonga (TV Movie)
Herbert Himmel
 1990 Club Fed
The Reverend
 1988 227 (TV Series)
Thurmond Fox
- The Big Deal (1988) ... Thurmond Fox
 1986 Ghost Fever
Buford / Jethro
 1986 Combat High (TV Movie)
Judge Daley
 1986 Stewardess School
Mr. Buttersworth
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Sam (segment "I of Newton")
- Her Pilgrim Soul/I of Newton (1985) ... Sam (segment "I of Newton")
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
 1984 E/R (TV Series)
George Jefferson
 1981-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Fred Simpson / Charlie Atkins
- Mr. Nobody/La Liberatora (1981) ... Charlie Atkins
 1981 Purlie (TV Movie)
Gitlow Judson
 1979 Love at First Bite
Reverend Mike
 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
- No Escape (1979) ... Robert
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TV commercial, for Jiffy Lube (1988). See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

[When he was about to co-star with Isabel Sanford on All in the Family (1971)'s spinoff, The Jeffersons (1975)]: Isabel Sanford, who played his wife, Louise Jefferson, was reluctant to leave All in the Family (1971). She didn't know how the show would go.


The name "Weezy" came about due to a girl, Sherman Hemsley had a crush on in real-life, named Louise. Sherman Hemsley would call her "Weezy", and one day asked Isabel Sanford if he could call her character "Weezy" and she said yes. See more »


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R.I.P., Sherman Hemsley...1938 - 2012 chihuahuaboydh-724-612855
Why did he live in El Paso? sjbock
he and the cast of the jeffersons should have a reunion young_dizzy05
Happy 70th Birthday to Sherman Hemsley mikethomas03
how old was isabel sanford when she did the show? bubblegum2423
Sherman Hemsley To be Buried mikelutton35
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