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El Paso Resident and ‘The Jeffersons’ Star Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74 [VIDEO]

Sherman Hemsley
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George Jefferson is moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.

Sherman Hemsley, the actor who portrayed the combative, but lovable George Jefferson on the sitcom ‘The Jeffersons,’ has died.

Hemsley, who passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas, was 74. It’s unclear how he died, although it appears to be from natural causes.

I met Sherman a couple of times. Ran into him at the grocery store a time or two and, when he first moved to El Paso, he was a guest on KLAQ a few times.  He had a couple of charities he supported and would come on to talk with Buzz Adams and The KLAQ Morning Show about them, as well as visiting our sister stations KSII and KROD.

He really was a pretty cool dude. No Hollywood ego, no “Screw you, I’m a star” vibe.  Just a nice guy who happened to be famous … and who now has truly “moved on up”!

Hemsley originated the George Jefferson character on ‘All in the Family,’ before he earned a spinoff with ‘The Jeffersons.’ The CBS comedy premiered in 1975 and ran for 11 seasons. Hemsley earned an Emmy nomination for his work in 1984.

Hemsley returned to the small screen in 1986 for a five-season run as a deacon on the NBC sitcom ‘Amen.’

He also made guest appearances on a slew of shows, including ‘Family Matters,’ ‘The Fresh Price of Bel-Air’ and ‘Sister Sister.’

Hemsley was not married and did not have any children.

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