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Sherman Hemsley (’The Jeffersons’) has died

An Aug.11,1986 photo of Sherman Hemsley. (AP photo/Nick Ut)

An Aug.11,1986 photo of Sherman Hemsley. (AP photo/Nick Ut)

Sherman Hemsley, best known as the bombastic dry cleaner owner on the classic CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons,” has died, according to police.

He was 74. TMZ broke the news, saying he died of natural causes.

The actor first played the role of Jefferson on “All in the Family.” “The Jeffersons” was a spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985. He later played Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC sitcom “Amen,” which aired from 1986 to 1991.

His last guest appearance on TV in 2011 was on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” playing his George Jefferson character along with Marla Gibbs, who played his sarcastic maid.

He broke the mold on broadcast TV in the mid-1970s, playing a successful, white-collar black man. George was a loudmouth, who would frequently yell at his beloved wife “Weezie,” but underneath his brash exterior, he had a soft heart.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

33 comments Add your comment

Rickster

July 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

Sad to hear. I can just picture him doing that unique, strutting walk up to the Pearly Gates now.

Butter Pecan

July 24th, 2012
5:46 pm

RIP Sherman…He has really “moved on up”, now…

Danny

July 24th, 2012
6:49 pm

RIP Bookman, AKA BUFFALO BUTTT……………oh…..wait….wrong show.

Elizabeth

July 24th, 2012
6:51 pm

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Elizabeth

July 24th, 2012
6:53 pm

This is a tragedy I love george and weeze

jesse

July 24th, 2012
7:01 pm

MY.GOD.BE.WITH.HIS.FAMILY.N.LOE.ONES

We thank you...

July 24th, 2012
7:14 pm

This makes me so sad. You’ll be missed. There was never a time when you weren’t simply hilarious!

SAWB

July 24th, 2012
7:15 pm

Oh Man, I hate to hear that he has passed away he brought a lot of enjoyment to a lot folks. The character of George Jefferson is an America icon and his comedic work will live on for a long time. Strut on Sherman…

Anne

July 24th, 2012
7:37 pm

Loved, loved, loved the Jefferson family and the humor he brought to this world! RIP my dear George!

Fred ™

July 24th, 2012
7:50 pm

Chris

July 24th, 2012
8:08 pm

RIP Mr. Sherman Hemsley, I know that God has spoken and so let us all say AMEN!!!!!!!!!

Sheila Woods

July 24th, 2012
8:17 pm

Mr. Bentley

July 24th, 2012
8:22 pm

Sheila Woods…you said it best!

Frank L. Hambone

July 24th, 2012
8:23 pm

I remember dancing to the George Jefferson and loved the show. Sherman is moving on up to the real eastside. May GOD bless his family, friends and all that loved him.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 24th, 2012
8:37 pm

We regretfully announce that at thirty seconds after the hour of noon, Honkey time, Sherman Hemsley, Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Cleaners, INC. merged with the infinite.

bwell

July 24th, 2012
8:48 pm

R.I.P. George……………..you will be missed. Thanks for all laughs

Vast Wastrel

July 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

Sherman was a gentle soul and Godspeed.

George would have said that someway, somehow a honky is responsible for this.

tj

July 24th, 2012
9:12 pm

Us Crackers will miss your wisecracks. Live on Sherman!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

July 24th, 2012
9:14 pm

This is so sad, he will be missed. Rest in peace, George!

steven a smith

July 24th, 2012
9:22 pm

One of my favorite sit-com actors of all time. I loved all of your work. Heaven is a much funnier place.

junebug

July 24th, 2012
10:49 pm

He was my all-time favorite sitcom character. I will truly miss this guy. He’s brought me tons of laughter for many, many years.
My sympathy goes out to his entire family.
We’ll miss you, Sherman (George).

ATLSteve

July 24th, 2012
11:03 pm

A piece of my youth has gone on to Glory…Rest in Peace “George.”

Howard Gould

July 24th, 2012
11:38 pm

Truly a loss of another great sitcom actor. He will always have a place in my heart. His character on the “Jeffersons” was truly a 1st class performance.

christians should celebrate death

July 25th, 2012
2:11 am

if christians believe HELMSLEY is in heaven why is everybody sad that hes dead? shouldnt y’all be happy that hes in heaven? obviously y’all dont really believe in heaven thats why everybody fears death

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 25th, 2012
4:44 am

Well I am an atheist, so I can’t speak for Christians but as my mom the christian would say, they are not sad their loved ones are in heaven, they are sad that they are separated for a while until reunion in heaven. . But tell ya what, when ANY msnbc personality dies, I will celebrate death.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 25th, 2012
4:45 am

Fun fact o the day…Weezie was almost 20 years older than George, at the time of the Jeffersons.

BmoreWildcat

July 25th, 2012
7:21 am

When an atheist understand what we as human being feels when someone we care about dies, but as Christians understands they are in a better place, what is that saying about a “Christian” who doesn’t?

Mercedes S.

July 25th, 2012
8:46 am

Remember the show fondly…the scene where he insists that his maid, the wonderful Marla Gibbs, iron his boxer shorts – priceless.

Chuck Allison

July 25th, 2012
8:20 pm

Does he have a “black” bruised eye in this picture? He looks like he has been in a fight.

jackass

July 25th, 2012
8:34 pm

he dided from working in the dry cleaners

WAR EAGLE

July 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

Archie and George are up there and at it again.

Diversity(my real name)

July 27th, 2012
10:38 am

MoNique was one of my fav shows altho I wuld miss it sometime buz of the hour.when I did c it I enjoyd her,laughed at her loudness and her”suga” remarks! Her interview is “her” style..there’s room for difference. She too loud for some,turn your dang tv volume down- u may need tht loud laughter! Please allow people to do things different/their way! Miss u MoNique,shame on u BET! Also,miss u shermon Hensley-enjoyd your shows once upon a time,still like reruns! R.I.P.

Maxwell mogwambo

July 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

Its so sad to me as i was of bount love to mr Gj no other to replace him …,the gap remain in my heart is like it me {plz tell me how to get his comic as from the start of the acting}RIP GJ AMEN