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It's a sad day for classic television fans. Stars of two 1970s television series passed away on Tuesday.
The Jeffersons ran for 10 years, and filmed 253 episodes, though the number of airings is countless due to its multiple runs in syndication. Though Hemsley retired from television acting in the nineties, he joined his Jeffersons costar, Isabel Sanford, to reprise their roles as George and Weezy Jefferson in guest spots in television shows as well as in commercials well into the 2000s.
In tribute to the actor, TV Land will air a four-hour Jeffersons marathon on Saturday, July 28th. The episodes will feature some of Hemsley's most memorable episodes.
Link | Posted 7/25/2012 by Mandy
- Mandy McAdoo
Beloved television actor Sherman Hemsley, who starred as high-strung George Jefferson on CBS' The Jeffersons, has died. He was found at his home in El Paso, Texas, yesterday and is said to have died of natural causes. He was 74 years old.
Sherman Alexander Hemsley was born in Philadelphia, studied drama in New York at the Negro Ensemble Company and the Urban Arts Company. He made his Broadway debut in the satirical musical comedy Purlie and later toured with the show.
Norman Lear lured him away from Broadway to play George Jefferson, a recurring character on the popular All in the Family sitcom. Lear once said, "The cocky energy of the guy was totally in sync with the offstage image we had created of George." George and wife "Weezy" (Isabel Sanford) proved to be so popular that they were later given their own spin-off, The »
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 »
Sherman Hemsley, who starred in the iconic 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons, was found dead in his El Paso, TX home today, according to reports. He was 74. Hemsley was personally picked by All In The Family creator Norman Lear to play George Jefferson alongside Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford) as the newly arrived neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. Lear eventually spun off the characters in 1975 and created The Jeffersons, about a successful black family who lived in Manhattan. The show ran 10 years. Hemsley, who also starred on Broadway in the 1970s musical comedy Purlie, later starred on the sitcom Amen playing a church deacon. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Sherman Hemsley, the hot-tempered, upwardly mobile, janitor-turned-dry-cleaner-owner George Jefferson in TV's iconic The Jeffersons, has died at 74. Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, police say. A cause of death was not immediately known. Introduced each week with the gospel Movin' On Up theme song, producer Norman Lear's show gave Hemsley a larger-than-life character who delivered a brand of comedy all his own. Zingers like "If I paid you to think, you could cash your check at the penny arcade!" paired with over-the-top gestures left audiences across the country in stitches. The show has lived on for years in reruns on cable. »
- Maggie Coughlan
Sherman Hemsley, best known for his starring turn in the sitcom The Jeffersons, has died, TMZ reports. Hemsley, who was 74, was found in his El Paso, Texas home; no cause of death is yet known. He was unmarried, and had no children. Hemsley gained national attention when he joined the Norman Lear show All in the Family in 1973; after two seasons, he became the star of his own spin-off, The Jeffersons, in which he co-starred with Isabel Sanford. Over the course of 11 seasons as George Jefferson, Hemsley starred in 253 episodes.
- Jordan Zakarin
I'm always annoyed by people who pretend that award shows are big shams with no integrity because their favorite show/actor/actress is under-rewarded. Here's the thing about award shows: People have to lose. Disappointments are inevitable. It's cowardly to roundly dismiss award shows because there's no one who'll defend their integrity. You get to be the cool one no matter how biased or ill-informed your opinion is. There, I said it.
That said: Man, I am so mad that certain people don't have Emmys! It's "For Your Consideration" season in La, and as we near July's announcement of this year's Emmy nominees, we thought we'd round up 10 screen stars who for some reason have a grand total of zero Emmys. It's a disturbing scenario, and we hope a couple of the snubbees receive compensation at this year's ceremony.
10. Bill Maher
I don't even watch Bill Maher regularly, but I »
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