A loudmouth. Obsessed with money. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history. Much of that credit belongs to Sherman Hemsley, the gifted character actor who gave life to the blustering black Harlem businessman on "The Jeffersons," one of TV's longest running and most successful sitcoms -- particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast. Hemsley and the Jeffersons Isabel Sanford played his wife often dealt with contemporary issues of racism, but more frequently reveled in the sitcom archetype of a short-tempered, opinionated patriarch trying, often unsuccessfully, to control his family.
Sherman Hemsley Dies at 74
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Actor Sherman Hemsley has passed away at the age of Raised by a single mom in Philadelphia, the diminutive actor dropped out of high school in order to join the Air Force. After serving four years, he took a job with the U. Postal Service during the day for the next eight years while studying acting at various night classes and workshops. Unlike many actors who spend a lifetime distancing themselves from a character, Hemsley embraced being typecast as blustery, opinionated George Jefferson and parlayed that persona into steady work.
We remember Sherman Hemsley, TV’s most lovable bigot
Sherman Hemsley has died at age What you probably didn't know is that Sherman was a huge fan of bug-out prog rock. How big of a fan?