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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, Dies

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Hemsley was discovered by producer Norman Lear on stage in New York. He first played George Jefferson on 'All in the Family.' 'The Jeffersons' ran for 11 seasons.

Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Hemsley played George Jefferson and Isabel Sanford played his wife, Louise, on the long-running CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," about a family that moves from Queens to a luxury apartment on New York's Upper East Side. (Los Angeles Times)

Sherman Hemsley, who was rooted in the minds of millions of television viewers as Archie Bunker's bombastic black neighbor, George Jefferson, in"All in the Family" and later as the star of his own long-running sitcom, "The Jeffersons," has died. He was 74.

The actor, who had a home in El Paso, was found dead Tuesday by the El Paso Sheriff's Department, his agent, Todd Frank, told The Times. No cause of death was given.

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