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Sherman Hemsley: 1938-2012

The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor Sherman Hemsley passed away on Tuesday at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was 74.

Hemsley was best known to TV audiences as George Jefferson, first seen as the next door neighbor of Archie Bunker on the classic 70s sit-com All in the Family. He would continue to play George on the popular spin-off The Jeffersons in 1975 along with Isabel Sanford, who played his wife, Louise. The show lasted for 11 seasons.

After The Jeffersons ended its run in 1985, Hemsley played Deacon Ernest Frye on the TV series Amen in 1986. He also appeared as a guest on shows like The Love Boat; Sister, Sister; The Hughleys; and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Hemsley’s voice roles included Mr. Junkit on The Magic School Bus, and B.P. Richfield on Dinosaurs.

(Via dtemplar)

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