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Actor Sherman Hemsley played the popular television character George Jefferson in All in the Family and The Jeffersons in the 1970s and 1980s.
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In 1996, Hemsley tried once again for sitcom success with Goode Behavior. He played an imprisoned scam artist released into the custody of his estranged son (Dorien Wilson). The character and the show failed to click with audiences.
The love for The Jeffersons endured, however. Hemsley and Sanford reprised the roles of George and Weezy for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,
starring Will Smith and they appeared together in advertising campaigns.
Sherman Hemsley died at age of 74 at his home in El Paso, Texas, on July 24, 2012. While he never married nor had children, Hemsley will be forever remembered for his portrayal of one of television's funniest husbands and fathers. He will also be known for his groundbreaking sitcom The Jeffersons—one of the first to focus on an African-American family.
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