Sherman Alexander Hemsley


Sherman Alexander Hemsley

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Jul 2012 (aged 74)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Plot Section M1, Row 1, Site 73
Memorial ID 94144440 View Source

Actor. He is best remembered for his role as 'George Jefferson' on the CBS television comedy series "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" and as Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC television comedy series "Amen." Born Sherman Alexander Hemsley, he dropped out of high school and joined the US Air Force, serving for 4 years. After his enlistment was completed, he returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked for the US Post Office while attending night classes at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He moved to New York city, New York, and continued to work for the US Post Office while working as an actor at night, performing in local stage productions. In 1972, he joined the Vinnie Carroll musical "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" ensemble in Toronto, Canada, performing the solos "Lookin' Over From Your Side" in Act I and "Sermon" in Act II. During this time he also landed a role as the character 'Gitlow' in the Broadway play "Purlie." His performance came to the attention of Norman Lear who asked him to play the role of 'George Jefferson' in the television series "All in the Family." Reluctant at first to leave the theater, Lear told him that he would hold the role open for him and two years later, he joined the cast with Isabel Sanford, who played the role of his wife 'Louise.' In less than two years, they was given their own spin-off television series "The Jeffersons," which ran eleven seasons from 1975 through 1985. In 1986, he joined the cast of the television series "Amen" which ran five seasons until 1991. He then became a voice actor in the ABC live-action puppet series "Dinosaurs," playing 'Bradley R. Richfield' which ran four seasons until 1994. He then retired from acting but continued to appear with Isabel Sanford, reprising their roles on televisions shows as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and in commercials for Denny's, Old Navy, and The Gap. He also made three appearances in the television series "Sister Sister" and a voice appearance as himself in Seth McFarlane's animated comedy "Family Guy," as well as performing minor roles in several movies, including "Love at First Bite" (1979), "Figure It Out" (1999), and "Up, Up. And Away" (2000).

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