‘The Jeffersons’ actor Sherman Hemsley dead at 74

By Justine Espersen

Best known for his role as George Jefferson on “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” actor Sherman Hemsley has died. He was 74.

Although the causes are still unclear, his nurse in his El Paso, Tex. home discovered Hemsley. She originally thought he was asleep, according to TMZ. Sources say he died from natural causes.

The Philadelphia born and raised actor was given his own spin-off in 1975, “The Jeffersons,” with his “All in the Family” co-star Isabel Sanford. The sitcom lasted for a decade, earning Hemsley a 1984 Emmy nomination as lead actor in a comedy series.

He also played Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series “Amen” from 1986-91.

Additionally, the sitcom actor was a professional singer, releasing his single in 1989, “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head,” and his R&B album, “Dance,” in 1992.

Hemsley had no wife or kids.

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