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valteena
Jul 26, 2012, 03:04 AM
Actor Sherman Hemsley, who starred in the hit 1970s US sitcom The Jeffersons, has died at the age of 74.


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Back in time: The cast of the TV sitcom The Jeffersons (L-R Berlinda Tolbert, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker and Marla Gibbs (seated), circa 1977

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Beloved: Mr Hemsley and co-star Isabel Sanford appear in another episode of their hit sitcom

Police in El Paso, Texas, said late on Tuesday that Hemsley had been found dead at his home, although the cause of death was unknown.

He played black Harlem businessman George Jefferson on CBS's All in the Family before his character was spun off into The Jeffersons.

The Jeffersons, with a mostly black cast, ran for 11 seasons from 1975-85.

The show made fun of America's racial and class-based faultlines. Hemsley's character, a mean-spirited bigot who owned a dry-cleaning business, proved hugely popular with US audiences.

Born in Philadelphia in February 1938, Hemsley's first big break came when he was cast for a Broadway show, Purlie, where he caught the eye of All in the Family's creator.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18978720

valteena
Jul 26, 2012, 03:07 AM
Very funny comedy show it was. RIP Sherman Helmsley alias Mr Jefferson

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Anioma777
Jul 26, 2012, 09:58 AM
RIP Sherman Hemsley. I remember watching this on BTV ( Bendel Television ) with my family and those horrible betamax videos. Mr Hemsley was one funny dude. His dancing was hilarious :D

First-lady
Jul 26, 2012, 12:34 PM
RIP Mr Jefferson.He was hilarious


Some facts about the casts of the Jefferson

1,Weezy Jefferson was 21 years older than George her husband

2,Roxie Roker,the black neighbour with a white husband was indeed married to a white husband in real life,Sy Kravitz.She was Lenny Kravitz's mother.She was also cousin of Al Roker,the jolly weatherman on the Today Show.

3.the wise cracking house girl Florence(Marla Gibbs) is one year older than Sherman and is now the only surviving member of the cast

Tells you how old we are getting
can you all believe that when we watched George in 1980,he was just 42 years old

Beam
Jul 26, 2012, 01:30 PM
May His Soul rest in Peace:cry:. He was one of the kind . I enjoyed the programme back in the days.
I wonder if Jenny and Lionel the kids are still alive cannot remember their real names... Anywayz :lol: