Sherman Hemsley

Highest Rated: 67% Love at First Bite (1979)
Birthday: Feb 1, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
Sherman Hemsley is best remembered for playing George Jefferson, the lovably pompous, diminutive loud-mouth who made a fortune from his dry cleaning business and moved from Queens to a posh Manhattan high rise in The Jeffersons, a popular sitcom that ran for ten years on the CBS network. Before becoming an actor in the late '60s, Hemsley worked for the U.S. Post Office. He started out on the New York stage where his first break came from playing Gitlow in the Broadway musical Purlie (1970). Television producer Norman Lear was impressed by Hemsley's performance and so created George Jefferson for him. Originally designed as an African-American alter ego/foil to his blustery, bigoted Archie Bunker character on the smash hit All in the Family, Hemsley's George became so popular that he and his family were given their own series in 1975. Following the series' demise, Hemsley played an egotistical, loud-mouthed deacon/lawyer at the First Community Church of Philadelphia who tried to keep the new minister, Reverend Gregory, from taking over what he viewed as his personal domain, on Amen. The series broke ground by being the first hit sitcom centered on religion and ran from 1986 to 1991. In between his series work, Hemsley occasionally played supporting roles in feature films after making his debut playing Rev. Mike in the comedy Love at First Bite (1979). Most of his subsequent films were low-budget affairs such as Stewardess School and Club Fed; he also continued to appear frequently on television as a guest star and starred in such failed series as Townsend Television (1993) and Goode Behavior (1996-1997), but never quite recaptured the success he had during the '70s and '80s. His final small-screen appearance came in 2006 when he was a cast member on the sixth season of the reality TV show The Surreal Life. Hemsley died at age 74 in late July, 2012.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Car Lot Ray Ray 2014
No Score Yet American Pie Presents: Book of Love Pastor 2009
No Score Yet For the Love of a Dog Mr. O'Donnell 2007
13% Screwed Chip Oswald 2000
No Score Yet Up, Up, and Away! Edward/Steel Condor 2000
No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Y2K Actor 1999
6% Senseless Smythe/Bates Doorman 1998
0% Casper: A Spirited Beginning Storeowner 1997
22% Sprung Brotha No. 1 1997
No Score Yet Home of Angels Buzzard Bracken 1994
7% Mr. Nanny Burt Wilson 1993
No Score Yet Camp Cucamonga Herbert Himmel 1990
No Score Yet Club Fed Rev. Tessler 1990
No Score Yet Ghost Fever Buford/Jethro 1987
No Score Yet Combat High Judge Daley 1986
No Score Yet Stewardess School Mr. Buttersworth 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Mouse 1985
No Score Yet Ghost Dance Actor 1983
67% Love at First Bite Rev. Mike 1979
No Score Yet Purlie Actor 1963

TV

CREDIT
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet V.I.P.
1998-2004
Himself
  • 1999
No Score Yet All That
1995-2005
Guest
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
George Jefferson Judge Carl Robertson Judge Robertson
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Wayans Bros.
1995-1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
Capt. Savage
  • 1995
  • 1994
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Winslow P. Schott
  • 1994
96% Dinosaurs
1991-1994
Voice
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
Etienne's Dad
  • 1993
No Score Yet Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
1992-1997
Mr. Pitney
  • 1993
No Score Yet In Living Color
1990-1994
Performer
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
George Jefferson
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Robert
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
George Jefferson George
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973

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