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July 24, 2012 | By Claire Noland
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.
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July 3, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Looking ahead to the July 4th holiday, Jimmy Kimmel got into the patriotic spirit Tuesday night by welcoming to his show Arden Hayes, a 5-year-old whiz kid with encyclopedic knowledge of American presidents. Kimmel tried, but failed, to stump little Arden, who was not only able to correctly identify Chester A. Arthur and Warren G. Harding (“one of our worst presidents…he gambled away the White House china”) but also rightly pointed out that George Jefferson -- a.k.a.
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July 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sherman Hemsley, who died of natural causes at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, had a lengthy career, but in the minds of most TV-watching Americans, he will always be George Jefferson. Jefferson, the successful owner of a chain of New York City dry cleaners, made his debut in the fourth season of producer Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom "All in the Family. " He was Archie Bunker's next-door neighbor, and his appearance on the show in 1973 provided comedic fodder as the two headstrong bigots tried to outdo each other in insults and prejudices.
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April 30, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Jack Shea, a Hollywood veteran who directed popular sitcoms such as "The Jeffersons" and who, as president of the Directors Guild of America, forcefully argued for minority hiring and local production, has died. He was 84. Shea's death Sunday at a Tarzana care facility was caused by complications from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. His first TV directing gig came when he was 27, a frightened novice who suddenly was asked to fill in when the director of the game show "Truth or Consequences" called in sick.
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July 25, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Let us now, in our hearts or with our bodies, do a funky little dance, a cocky little walk, in praise and memory of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson for a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s -- and in scattered cameos thereafter -- and died Tuesday at age 74. As a recurring character on "All in the Family," Jefferson served as a kind of counterweight, if not exactly a counterpart, to Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker: an irascible, abrasive,...
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July 25, 2012 | By David Ng
Behind many notable television careers is a theater background, and Sherman Hemsley, who died this week at 74, was no exception. The star of the long-running CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," Hemsley got his start on the stage, including studying at the Negro Ensemble Co. in New York. Hemsley appeared in a number of New York stage productions with the ensemble, where he studied under Lloyd Richards. The actors performed with the Urban Arts Corps, another New York company, and in various off-Broadway and regional shows.
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July 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Sherman Hemsley, who was found dead Tuesday in El Paso at the age of 74, gained fame as the cantankerous George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and its spinoff "The Jeffersons. " But he had one role he wanted to play before the end of his career: Willy Loman. "He wanted to do 'Death of a Salesman,'" said veteran director Oz Scott, who directed 40 episodes of "The Jeffersons. " "I spoke to him about a year and a half, two years ago, and he said he had this last dream, to do 'Death of a Salesman.' We had a few talks about doing it. " Added Scott: "Sherman was an actor first.
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July 24, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, 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. Hemsley vaulted from relative obscurity as a New York stage actor to prime-time celebrity in 1973 when producer Norman Lear cast him in "All in the Family," the controversial comedy that starred Carroll O'Connor as the bigoted patriarch of a working-class Queens household.
NEWS
February 7, 1988
"Amen" ranks as one of the best sitcoms in recent years. What a wonderful cast! Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis and the others are all fine performers, but my favorite is Anna Maria Horsford, who plays Thelma, the deacon's daughter. Bernard Siegel, Los Angeles
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April 12, 1987
Ever since the first episode of "Amen," I've always figured that NBC had picked another winner. Also, I've always had the same feeling about the young lady who plays the part of Sherman Hemsley's daughter, Anna Maria Horsford. Come Emmy time, I wouldn't be surprised if both the show and this fine actress win top honors in the sitcom category. Bernard Siegel, Los Angeles
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January 10, 2013
Ned Wertimer, 89, an actor who played Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," died Jan. 2 at a Valley Village nursing home of complications from a fall at his Burbank home in November, said his manager, Brad Lemack. Wertimer had dozens of guest-starring roles on TV series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including "McMillan and Wife," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "I Dream of Jeannie. " But he was best known as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on "The Jeffersons," the "All In the Family" spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.
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September 26, 2012
Could "Dancing With the Stars" be losing its luster? Monday's premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year, despite months of heavy promotion and an "all-star" cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson. The dance show also finished well behind NBC's "The Voice" in key demographics, but the news for "Dancing" wasn't all bad: The show drew 14.6 million viewers, versus 11.9 million for "The Voice," easily making it Monday's top entertainment draw.
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July 26, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Eric Dane looks to be the latest major actor set to depart ABC's aging "Grey's Anatomy" during the show's eighth season. According to a statement that series creator Shonda Rhimes sent to TVLine , Dane "did not come to this decision lightly, but after much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end. " Dane, who plays Dr. Mark Sloan, a.k.a. McSteamy, sent his own statement, saying, "I am extremely grateful to everyone at "Grey's," ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run. " Dane's character isn't the only major cast member to leave the show.
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July 25, 2012 | By David Ng
Behind many notable television careers is a theater background, and Sherman Hemsley, who died this week at 74, was no exception. The star of the long-running CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," Hemsley got his start on the stage, including studying at the Negro Ensemble Co. in New York. Hemsley appeared in a number of New York stage productions with the ensemble, where he studied under Lloyd Richards. The actors performed with the Urban Arts Corps, another New York company, and in various off-Broadway and regional shows.
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July 25, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Let us now, in our hearts or with our bodies, do a funky little dance, a cocky little walk, in praise and memory of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson for a dozen years in the 1970s and 1980s -- and in scattered cameos thereafter -- and died Tuesday at age 74. As a recurring character on "All in the Family," Jefferson served as a kind of counterweight, if not exactly a counterpart, to Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker: an irascible, abrasive,...
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July 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sherman Hemsley, who died of natural causes at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, had a lengthy career, but in the minds of most TV-watching Americans, he will always be George Jefferson. Jefferson, the successful owner of a chain of New York City dry cleaners, made his debut in the fourth season of producer Norman Lear's groundbreaking sitcom "All in the Family. " He was Archie Bunker's next-door neighbor, and his appearance on the show in 1973 provided comedic fodder as the two headstrong bigots tried to outdo each other in insults and prejudices.
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July 24, 2012 | By Scott Sandell, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Chad Everett, who starred in the 1970s TV drama "Medical Center," has died. He was 75. Everett's daughter told the Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer. Perhaps best known for his role as surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon, the actor was twice nominated for a Golden Globe for his perfomances on "Medical Center. " The series ran seven seasons and, at the time, tied with "Marcus Welby, M.D. " for longest-running medical drama.
NEWS
March 13, 1988
In the Feb. 13 episode of "227," a statement was made by Sherman Hemsley, who played a new tenant in the building looking for someone to clean his apartment. He offered Marla Gibbs the job for $3 an hour. When she answered him, he said, "But since you speak English, I'll pay you $3.50 an hour." I consider that a slur against all non-English speaking women who earn their living doing that type of work. What is especially surprising is that not too long ago, blacks were objecting to this sort of thing.
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July 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Sherman Hemsley, who was found dead Tuesday in El Paso at the age of 74, gained fame as the cantankerous George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and its spinoff "The Jeffersons. " But he had one role he wanted to play before the end of his career: Willy Loman. "He wanted to do 'Death of a Salesman,'" said veteran director Oz Scott, who directed 40 episodes of "The Jeffersons. " "I spoke to him about a year and a half, two years ago, and he said he had this last dream, to do 'Death of a Salesman.' We had a few talks about doing it. " Added Scott: "Sherman was an actor first.
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July 24, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, 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. Hemsley vaulted from relative obscurity as a New York stage actor to prime-time celebrity in 1973 when producer Norman Lear cast him in "All in the Family," the controversial comedy that starred Carroll O'Connor as the bigoted patriarch of a working-class Queens household.
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