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RIP Sherman Hemsley (George Jefferson, Deacon Frye)

Sherman Hemsley Dies at 74

By Maggie Coughlan | Tuesday July 24, 2012 04:40 PM EDT


Sherman Hemsley

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, 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.

The actor, who first played the role in All in the Family – going head to bigoted head with Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker – went on to embody a softer character, Deacon Ernest Frye on TV's Amen.

Born in South Philadelphia, Hemsley dropped out of high school to join the Air Force. He returned to Philadelphia and worked for the U.S. Postal Service, while taking acting classes at night.

After performing with local groups in Philadelphia, Hemsley moved to New York to make his Broadway debut as Gitlow in Purlie.

While touring with the production, television writer and producer Lear contacted Hemsley to play the role of Jefferson on his new sitcom, All in the Family. Hemsley hesitated to accept but Lear held the role open for him and two years later, Hemsley joined the cast.

Less than two years after Hemsley made his television debut, he and All in the Family costar Isabel Sanford were given their own spin-off in The Jeffersons. The series earned Hemsley Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 1984 and 1985 respectively.

Sanford died in 2004 at age 86.

In 1986, Hemsley was cast as Deacon Ernest Frye in the NBC series, Amen. The role would last five seasons, ending in 1991.

He was also a professional singer and released a single on Sutra Record called "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" in 1989. In 1992, he released Dance, an R&B album.

Although he retired from television acting, Hemsley joined Sanford through the late '90s and early 2000's to reprise their roles as George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on guest spots. The duo appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and in commercials for Old Navy, Gap and Denny's.

Hemsley had no wife or children.

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Sherman Hemsley Dies at 74

By Maggie Coughlan | Tuesday July 24, 2012 04:40 PM EDT


Sherman Hemsley

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, 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.

The actor, who first played the role in All in the Family – going head to bigoted head with Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker – went on to embody a softer character, Deacon Ernest Frye on TV's Amen.

Born in South Philadelphia, Hemsley dropped out of high school to join the Air Force. He returned to Philadelphia and worked for the U.S. Postal Service, while taking acting classes at night.

After performing with local groups in Philadelphia, Hemsley moved to New York to make his Broadway debut as Gitlow in Purlie.

While touring with the production, television writer and producer Lear contacted Hemsley to play the role of Jefferson on his new sitcom, All in the Family. Hemsley hesitated to accept but Lear held the role open for him and two years later, Hemsley joined the cast.

Less than two years after Hemsley made his television debut, he and All in the Family costar Isabel Sanford were given their own spin-off in The Jeffersons. The series earned Hemsley Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 1984 and 1985 respectively.

Sanford died in 2004 at age 86.

In 1986, Hemsley was cast as Deacon Ernest Frye in the NBC series, Amen. The role would last five seasons, ending in 1991.

He was also a professional singer and released a single on Sutra Record called "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" in 1989. In 1992, he released Dance, an R&B album.

Although he retired from television acting, Hemsley joined Sanford through the late '90s and early 2000's to reprise their roles as George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on guest spots. The duo appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and in commercials for Old Navy, Gap and Denny's.

Hemsley had no wife or children.

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RIP funny guy.

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Awww, may he rest in peace. Amen was one of the shows I watched that helped me learn English.
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RIP Sherman.

He was so much younger than the characters he played on the Jefferson's and Amen. Those two shows were a big part of my childhood and there really will never be anything like Saturday nights in the 80's on NBC. That was appointment television for the whole family.

He's finally in that Deeeeeluxxxxe Apartment in the sky now.

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It's actually called the slop not sloop.

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RIP Sherman.

He was so much younger than the characters he played on the Jefferson's and Amen. Those two shows were a big part of my childhood and there really will never be anything like Saturday nights in the 80's on NBC. That was appointment television for the whole family.

He's finally in that Deeeeeluxxxxe Apartment in the sky now.
Word. Isabel Sanford who played Hemsley's wife, 'Louise Jefferson,' on the show, was 21 years older than him. And he was only 10 years older than the woman who played his daughter on 'Amen.' Maybe it was the prematurely balding head.


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awwww, RIP George!

The scenes with him and Archie Bunker were hysterical!
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I also found it interesting how Sherman and Isabelle really couldn't stand each other... maybe it was the age difference, maybe it was because George was probably a homosexual, or maybe it was just a general personality clash... I don't know but they had such great chemistry on the show it's quite amazing considering...
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One of my all-time favorite TV characters. This is a sad day.

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Word. Isabel Sanford who played Hemsley's wife, 'Louise Jefferson,' on the show, was 21 years older than him. And he was only 10 years older than the woman who played his daughter on 'Amen.' Maybe it was the prematurely balding head.
I still can't believe that. You wouldn't know by watching the show.

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Word. Isabel Sanford who played Hemsley's wife, 'Louise Jefferson,' on the show, was 21 years older than him. And he was only 10 years older than the woman who played his daughter on 'Amen.' Maybe it was the prematurely balding head.

I didn't realize there was such a big age difference between him and Isabel Sanford.

I love all his shows. I still watch them in reruns. It's laughing out loud when George Jefferson and Archie Bunker in "All in the Family" start insulting each other. Those characters are simply classics.

RIP, Mr. Sherman.

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One of the funniest people on TV.

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