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.
The death was confirmed by the El Paso Sheriff's Department, his agent, Todd Frank, told The Times.
As George Jefferson, Hemsley bantered with his white neighbors Archie and Edith Bunker in Queens on "All in the Family." On "The Jeffersons," Hemsley showed sparkling chemistry with Isabel Sanford, who played his wife, Louise, as the African American family began “movin’ on up to the East Side" of Manhattan.