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Sherman Hemsley Dead: 'The Jeffersons' Actor Dies At 74

The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
Sherman Hemsley, known for his starring role in "The Jeffersons," has died at age 74.

Although the cause of Hemsley's death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away in his El Paso, Texas, home.

Sherman Hemsley Dead: 'The Jeffersons' Actor Dies At 74
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    For a long time, I thought he and Leona Helmsley were married.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Sherman Hemsley, known for his starring role in "The Jeffersons," has died at age 74.

    Although the cause of Hemsley's death is unclear, TMZ reports that the actor passed away in his El Paso, Texas, home.

    Sherman Hemsley Dead: 'The Jeffersons' Actor Dies At 74

    Awwww, I grew up watching that show. My fav sit com as a kid.

    I didn't realize he was that young. He's only thre yrs older than my parents. I guess he went bald prematurely and could play an older character. Even on All in the Family, Lionel was an adult. George and weezy were always considered middle aged.

    sad.

  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Aww. That makes me sad.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,498Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    a very talented man and highly underrated as a comedian!
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Did he do standup?

    He had such a distinctive walk.
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Dammit!!!

    I'm staying away from here, man!! Everytime I checkup on the non-hair discussion, someone died!! this is too depressing!
  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    :-(

    I looovvveee the Jeffersons! He was so funny
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  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    I liked him in Amen, too.

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    I enjoyed every role he played. Very talented actor with terrific timing.

    I read a story once, that Norman Lear saw him on Broadway and wanted to use him on TV. Hemsley didn't want to break his Broadway contract and Norman Lear said, however long it took he would wait for him. The result was the Jeffersons!

    RIP - wonderful man who gave a lot of laughter and pleasure to so many people.
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  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    I grew up watching Jefferson reruns. Loved that show. He was a great actor.
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    Loved him. Jeffersons, Amen, All in the Family.. loved his roles on all these shows and even tv movies I saw him in. He was such a good comedic actor!
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    I loved him in both "The Jeffersons" and "Amen." He'll be missed.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    I enjoyed every role he played. Very talented actor with terrific timing.

    I read a story once, that Norman Lear saw him on Broadway and wanted to use him on TV. Hemsley didn't want to break his Broadway contract and Norman Lear said, however long it took he would wait for him. The result was the Jeffersons!

    RIP - wonderful man who gave a lot of laughter and pleasure to so many people.

    Hubs told me about that too.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,249Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
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    I also thought he was older than that.
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    daughter: guess who died today
    me (shock face): omg! who died?
    daughter: you have to guess, it's a black comedian, older
    me (staring wide eyed): chris rock!
    daughter: what? i said old!
    me: that's old, to you...ummm....cedric the entertainer!
    daughter: no...do you need a hint?
    me: na-na-na-nooo, i'm gonna guess.....comedian....older......
    daughter: sigh, he was really successful on television
    me: (grabs heart) BILL COSBY!!! OMG!! BILL COSBY IS DEAD!!
    daughter: no, but that was a good guess
    me: okay, okay, wait....morgan freeman!!
    daughter: i said comedian, nevermind, do you want me to tell you??
    me: no, NO! am i warm though?
    daughter: no. okay, hint, he was gay.
    me: gay..................gay...............comedian...............paul mooney?
    daughter: it's sherman helmsley.
    me: omg!! really? he was gay?
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    He was an incredibly gifted comedian. I enjoyed all of his roles. He will be missed.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I didn't know that, Frau.

    I loved the Jeffersons. I loved the banter between George and Florence. What an awesome show.

    May he rest in peace.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    I didn't know that, Frau.
    I loved the Jeffersons. I loved the banter between George and Florence. What an awesome show.

    May he rest in peace.
    me either
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