Sherman Hemsley of TV's The Jeffersons Dead at 74

Sherman Hemsley of the hit TV show The Jeffersons (1975-85) was found dead in his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, reports the Seattle Times. He was 74. The cause of death is pending, although there's no suspicion of foul play.   The Philadelphia...
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Sherman Hemsley of the hit TV show The Jeffersons (1975-85) was found dead in his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, reports the Seattle Times. He was 74. The cause of death is pending, although there's no suspicion of foul play.   The Philadelphia...
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Sherman Hemsley of the hit TV show The Jeffersons (1975-85) was found dead in his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, reports the Seattle Times. He was 74. The cause of death is pending, although there's no suspicion of foul play. The Philadelphia native catapulted into fame when he jumped onto the little screen as the hilariously brash, arrogant, and bigoted Harlem businessman George Jefferson on The Jeffersons, one of the longest-running sitcoms in TV history with a predominantly black cast. Along with the gospel-sounding theme song "Movin' On Up" and his dramatic strut, George Jefferson embodied a long list of vices, yet Hemsley was masterful in getting audiences to love him, as he and feisty wife Weezie (Isabel Sandford) adjusted to the posh life in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood. After the show was cancelled in 1985, Hemsley continued appearing in sitcoms like Amen, Family Matters, The Hughleys, and also worked as a voice actor in Family Guy. He later reprised his role as George Jefferson on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and House of Payne. "I always told my mother I wanted a job where I could have a lot of fun and have a lot of time off," Hemsley revealed during an interview with the Gloucester County Times in 2011. "She asked me where I was going to find that, and I said, `I don't know, but it's out there.'"