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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PHOTOS: Sherman Hemsley of "The Jeffersons" Dies at 74

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Sherman Hemsley Dies

Actor Sherman Hemsley Dies at 75

Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson& of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74. Police in El Paso, Texas, said late Tuesday that Hemsley was found dead at his home on the eastside of the city. A statement from police said no foul play is suspected and that the exact cause of death is pending

The Philadelphia-born Hemsley first played the blustering black Harlem businessman on CBS's "All in the Family" before he was spun off onto "The Jeffersons," which in 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985 became one of TV's most successful sitcoms - particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast.

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