Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, dies at 74

Sherman Hemsley, a comic actor who vaulted from a supporting role on Norman Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family" to a lead role as George in the spinoff "The Jeffersons," was found dead Tuesday in El Paso. He was 74.

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( Los Angeles Times Archive / July 27, 2012 )

Sherman Hemsley, a comic actor who vaulted from a supporting role on Norman Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family" to a lead role as George in the spinoff "The Jeffersons," was found dead Tuesday in El Paso. He was 74.
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