Jefferson's Actor Sherman Hemsley Dies

The man who played George Jefferson has died.

Sherman Hemsley originated the role of a dry cleaner on "All In The Family."

But his billowing, often grumpy, and always funny character allowed him to "move on up" his own spin off.

"The Jeffersons" was one of the first TV shows to focus on a black family's move up the social ladder.

In 1984, Hemsley was nominated for an Emmy award for his portrayal of "George Jefferson."

Hemsley was also a singer, and released an album in 1989.

He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Sherman Hemsley was 74 years old.

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