Sherman Hemsley

The Two-Way
11:35 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley, Actor Best Known As George Jefferson, Dies

Sherman Hemsley, known for his role as Mr. Jefferson in "The Jeffersons," died July 24, 2012 at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was 74.
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Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:18 am

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Remembrances
5:05 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, Dies

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:12 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

George Jefferson was an upwardly mobile black businessman with a longsuffering wife, equal parts pride and frustration when it came to his family and neighbors. Actor Sherman Hemsley brought that vivid character to life on television in the 1970s and '80s. He was 74 when he died yesterday at his home in El Paso, Texas. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this remembrance of the actor behind the headstrong, high-strung center of "The Jeffersons."

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG, "THE JEFFERSONS")

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