Sherman Hemsley Dead At 74

Sherman HemsleySherman Hemsley, the actor who famously played George Jefferson in “The Jeffersons,” has passed away.

According to TMZ, officials have confirmed Hemsley died at his home in El Paso earlier today. It’s unclear how the 74 year-old actor died, but sources close to the website believe it was of natural causes.

The Jeffersons enjoyed an 11-year run through 1985, becoming the longest-running sitcom with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television. Hemsley won an Emmy Award in 1984 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as George Jefferson. In 1986, Hemsley was cast as Ernest Frye in the NBC series “Amen,” and in 1991, joined the voice cast for the ABC comedic live-action puppet series “Dinosaurs,” playing the role of sadistic dinosaur boss Bradley P. Richfield.

The actor was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel earlier this year.

Hemsley is survived by no wife or children.

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