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R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley


according to the website TMZ: Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the character George Jefferson famous in “The Jefferson’s,” has died, El Paso cops tell TMZ.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas. 

Hemsley, who was 74, became famous during his appearances on “All in the Family.”  The spin-off, “The Jefferson’s” was a monster hit.  He also starred in the TV show, “Amen.”  He was also a professional singer and even released the single in 1989, “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head.”

Hemsley had no wife and no kids. It was rumored for years that Hemsley was gay.

It is unclear how he died.

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103 thoughts on “R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley”

  1. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”

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    1. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”
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      I heard he was gay too but I’m tryna figure out how that’s relevant now?

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    2. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”
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      I heard he was gay too but I’m tryna figure out how that’s relevant now?
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      the media mentions it just in case of scandal..he wasn’t married and had no kids. so let’s wait and hear what happened to him

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    3. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”
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      Yup he’s gay and so is James Avery (father from Fresh Prince)

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    4. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”
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      Knew he was gay he just didn’t run his mouth about it or march in any gay parades.

      @Mahogany, James Avery gay and the one who played the butler Jeffrey is gay too.

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    5. RIP to Sherman Hemlsey (salute to George Jefferson and Earnest J Frye)

      *for those saying James Avery (Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince) is gay, he’s a married man…to a woman…folks always think they got somebody pegged…stop it*

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    6. As reported by another blog: “Helemsley, who never married, was reportedly an out and proud gay man. He had no children.”

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      no shocker there but i didn’t know about hemsley. i’m trying to think did he make fun of gays on the jeffersons but i can’t remember. he made fun of everybody so that would be ironic.

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    7. Sherman Hemsley was gay, that’s why no wife or kids. Hope he’s in a better place, thanks for the laughs Sherman!

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    8. Sherman was gay. Carl Winslow is gay. Luther was gay. Some our best were/are. Not my thing but I don’t knock anyone else doing their thing.

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  2. RIP George.
    Thanks for the laughs, the tears the memories.

    Hopefully TV One, BET, or TV Land will give you a marathon this weekend!!!

    Say hi to “Weezyyyyyyy!!” for me!

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  3. Awww man! I was just watching “The Jefferson’s” on TV One this morning thinking that all the cast members except George and Jenny are now dead.

    RIP, Sherman. You gave us many laughs on “The Jefferson’s” and “Amen.”

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  4. R.I.P Sherman aka Mr.Jefferson, you will never be forgotten. All the Jefferson reruns & AMEN reruns will always be on T.V.

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  5. Still watch Amen and The Jefferson on Classic TV.

    RIP George…Give Weezy and the rest of the cast my regards 😦

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    1. Still watch Amen and The Jefferson-Classic TV.
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      You and me both. Girl I can recite lines from almost every Jefferson re-run, but still laugh at the jokes like I’m seeing it for the first time.

      Damn shame that you cant find honest to goodness tv sitcoms like that anymore. Everything is reality-tv.

      Again…RIP Mr. Hemsley!!

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    2. You and me both. Girl I can recite lines from almost every Jefferson re-run, but still laugh at the jokes like I’m seeing it for the first time.

      Damn shame that you cant find honest to goodness tv sitcoms like that anymore. Everything is reality-tv.

      Again…RIP Mr. Hemsley!!
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      Cosign

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  6. Sherman was on some TV show a few years back..he hosted a Jeffersons reunion on the show. They followed him around as he gathered the things to make the dinner. It was nice.

    Only Jenny, (the 2nd) Lionel, Florence and Ralph the butler were still alive though.

    I may be wrong, but I think maybe Mr. Bently was too?
    Anyway, it was really nice. Some of the cast of Amen attended too.

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  7. Aww this is so sad! R.I.P. Sherman.

    I was just watching “Amen” on TVOne yesterday morning and I was saying how he is always hilarious!

    If that gay comment is true…I would have never guessed!

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    1. Aww this is so sad! R.I.P. Sherman.

      I was just watching “Amen” on TVOne yesterday morning and I was saying how he is always hilarious!

      If that gay comment is true…I would have never guessed!
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      Yeah it’s been said for years that he was gay

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  8. I was just watching Amen laughing at Daddy (Deacon) and Thelma, I really liked him. He was edgy when most people were scared. Him and Red Fox will be missed.

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  9. Did ya’ll know that Willona from Good Times…sang the theme song to the Jeffersons?

    Well we’re movin on up,
    To the east side.
    To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
    Movin on up,
    To the east side.
    We finally got a piece of the pie.

    Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
    Beans don’t burn on the grill.
    Took a whole lotta tryin’,
    Just to get up that hill.
    Now we’re up in the big leagues,
    Gettin’ our turn at bat.
    As long as we live, it’s you and me baby,
    There ain’t nothin wrong with that.

    Well we’re movin on up,
    To the east side.
    To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
    Movin on up,
    To the east side.
    We finally got a piece of the pie.

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    1. Did ya’ll know that Willona from Good Times…sang the theme song to the Jeffersons?
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      Yeah we knew

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    1. Member back then he said honky

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      Gurl yes and then he would slam the door on the HONKEY! :kono: Classic TV at its best!

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    2. Adam: Member back then he said honky??
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      morning ladies, those honky line were priceless esp. on “all in the family” 🙂 I hope they run a marathon this weekend. TV land was talkin about his history on television last night.

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    3. I hope they run a marathon this weekend
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      I hope so too they still running andy griffins. they gon run his all month long.

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  10. R.I.P. Sherman Helmsley

    Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
    Beans don’t burn on the grill.
    Took a whole lotta tryin’,
    Just to get up that hill.
    Now we’re up in the big leagues,
    Gettin’ our turn at bat.
    As long as we live, it’s you and me baby,
    There ain’t nothin wrong with that.

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  11. sorry to hear this. The Jeffersons and Amen were hit shows because Hemsley was a raw comedian. Martin Lawrence appreciated his talent which is why I think he pulled him in to some of his shows.

    R.I.P. Sherman you did the damn thing!

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  12. R.I.P. Mr. Jefferson you were truly gifted and made us all laugh and will continue to do so for years to come.

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  13. Rest in peace to Mr. Hemsley. I really liked Amen. I watched the show all the time and The Jeffersons also. Comedic actors with class is hard to find nowadays.

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  14. Aww RIP Mr. Hemsley!
    I would rather watch reruns of these sitcoms than most of the sh!t that’s on TV now. He was hilarious!

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  15. #George Jefferson: I don’t want no daughter-in-law who’s a zebra. Louise Jefferson: Why not? I’m sure she won’t mind a father-in-law who’s a jackass.

    Mr. Sherman Helmsley’s gave so many good zingers, good memories. May he rest in peace. Thanks for the post Tracy.

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  16. I’m just sittin here trynna remember my fav Jeffersons re-run.

    You KNOW a show was worth its salt..when there are so many favorite episodes..that its hard to choose just one!

    Somebody brang back QUALITY (family friendly) tv programming. Pleaseeeeeeeee!

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    1. Mahogany: I liked the episode where his best friend was trying to get with Weezy. He was like, Nigga you done lost yo mind!

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    2. Wassup Ceo ladies,
      My favorite Jefferson’s episode has always been where Louise went back to the apartment where she grew up

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    3. I was watching yesterday before the announcement. It was the episode where Lionel and Jenny announced their divorce. They were in that school cutting up.

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    4. Hey y’all,
      Just thought i’d add my 2cents and tell y’all my favorite Jefferson’s episode “when george and louis” were getting robbed oh and when they kidnapped florence thinking that was george’s wife.

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  17. TVLand is giving The Jeffersons a four-hour marathon Saturday. I am gone hold my opinion on that, better than nothing.

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  18. RIP Sherman u was the man kept me laughing, hell u was just funny looking at ya, there has been a lot of deaths this year in the entertainment industry 😦

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  19. 😦 RIP Mr. Sherman. U made it cool for blacks to be upwardly mobile. owning businesess, living in a condo, having ur own black maid, tellin the man just how u felt he was hilarious! 🙂 even on Amen. Well done sir. be at peace

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    1. RIP Mr. Sherman. U made it cool for blacks to be upwardly mobile. owning businesess, living in a condo, having ur own black maid, tellin the man just how u felt he was hilarious! even on Amen. Well done sir. be at peace
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      COSIGN!!!

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  20. In the new millennium there have not been any real BLACK shows. Jeffersons, Stanford & Son, Amen, etc. were the sitcoms that showed black people to strive for more. All the shows they have now, is how to get along with white-tee, how to shuck and jive for white-tee, how to be friends with white-tee, how race doesn’t matter, how white-tee doesn’t see color.

    Black people have forgotten how to be black and proud. You really think these white folks care for you….check message boards, check blogs and see how they drag black people down and then smile up in your face in the office.

    RIP George and “thank you” for not being afraid to magnify your role and maginfy it BOLDLY!.

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  21. I am really hoping there will be a Jefferson’s Marathon this weekend on some channel! Anybody know?

    R.I.P. Mr. Hemsley.

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  22. dang no ppl to leave behind anything. i hope he wasnt lonely. i think that was the only black man to live 74 years w/no kids.

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  23. Sherman was hilarious! The Jeffersons and Amen was such great shows… the talent we have today still doesnt come close to match the old 70’s/80’s shows.

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  24. On my off days I watch marathons of classic t.v. I watched the jeffersons this weekend and lmao!!

    Thank u for the laughs. I especially wanna thank u for bein a class act and representin black ppl in w/ class and such a positive light. All the while keepin yt in check!! You r truly loved and will be greatly missed!!

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  25. He didn’t have any children or wife because it was said through out the entertainment industry that he was GAY . Think about it he was never linked to any women ever. rest in Peace George.

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  26. Gone are the days of good black shows that taught us the meaning of family values, self respect and how to survive like Sanford and Son, the Jeffersons, Good Times and Amen…. Now, it is all trash like The Atlanta Housewives, Love and Hip Hop and the list goes on. I really feel sorry for this generation.

    Black TV shows have gone out of the window just like Black music.

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  27. Oh God may you R.I.P. Mr. Jefferson…you will continue to make us laugh. Left no wife and chirren I pray your bittness was in order as far as your finances.

    😦

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