Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

He starred in 'The Jeffersons' as patriarch George

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2012 3:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sherman Hemsley of The Jeffersons fame is dead at age 74, reports TMZ. Hemsley starred as George Jefferson in the show—sure to earn the tag "iconic," along with its "Movin' On Up" theme song, in the obituaries to follow. The cause of death hasn't been specified. Hemsley spun off his character as Archie Bunker's neighbor into the sitcom of his own in the '70s. He also dabbled as a professional singer. Click for more.

In this 1977 file photo provided by CBS, from left, Sherman Hemsley, Paul Benedict, and Damon Evans star in an episode of The Jeffersons.
In this 1977 file photo provided by CBS, from left, Sherman Hemsley, Paul Benedict, and Damon Evans star in an episode of "The Jeffersons."   (AP Photo/CBS)
In this undated handout provided by CBS, Sherman Hemsley, left and Paul Benedict are photographed during an episode of The Jeffersons.
In this undated handout provided by CBS, Sherman Hemsley, left and Paul Benedict are photographed during an episode of "The Jeffersons."   (AP Photo/CBS)
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