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Sherman Hemsley diesBeloved television actor Sherman Hemsley, who starred as high-strung George Jefferson on CBS’ The Jeffersons, has died. He was found at his home in El Paso, Texas, yesterday and is said to have died of natural causes. He was 74 years old.

Sherman Alexander Hemsley was born in Philadelphia, studied drama in New York at the Negro Ensemble Company and the Urban Arts Company. He made his Broadway debut in the satirical musical comedy Purlie and later toured with the show.

Norman Lear lured him away from Broadway to play George Jefferson, a recurring character on the popular All in the Family sitcom. Lear once said, “The cocky energy of the guy was totally in sync with the offstage image we had created of George.” George and wife “Weezy” (Isabel Sanford) proved to be so popular that they were later given their own spin-off, The Jeffersons.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Life changes overnight for William "Will" Smith (Will Smith) when he's sent from the streets of Philadelphia to live with his Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert-Whitten, later Daphne Maxwell Reid), a professor of Black History and Literature, and Uncle Phil (James Avery) the lawyer, in their Bel-Air mansion. After getting into trouble in school, Will's mother Viola "Vy" Smith-Wilkes (Vernee Watson-Johnson) asks that he live with the positive role models to teach him a thing or two about how to be successful and to get a good education. However, Will's street smarts clash with his spoiled cousins, Hilary (Karyn Parsons) and Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), and even snooty butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell). Youngest cousin Ashley (Tatyana Ali) welcomes Will's street knowledge about music and fashion, much to the chagrin of her father. In this sitcom created by Quincy Jones, the Banks' soon warm to their fun-loving nephew and cousin, but Will is mindful not to get too cozy in their luxurious lifestyle. Uncle Phil keeps him on track with plenty of tough love and though Carlton and Will fight like brothers, they love each other like them too. When the Banks' mansion becomes too much for Will, he has friend Jazz (D.J. Jazzy Jeff) from the inner-city of Compton to help keep him grounded.
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