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Sherman Hemsley



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
No Score Yet Pink Lady and Jeff
  • Actor
1980
67% Love at First Bite
  • Rev. Mike
1979
No Score Yet Purlie
  • Actor
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • George Jefferson Judge Carl Robertson Judge Robertson
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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