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July 25, 2012

Yesterday Sherman Hemsley died at the age of 74. George Jefferson was one of those one-of-a-kind characters that doesn’t come around too often.

I know they show Jeffersons reruns still (because I Tivo them) but I haven’t seen much All In The Family out there. Hmm. I should look.

Here’s a tidbit about why George himself wasn’t seen on All In The Family for a while:

The Jeffersons were introduced as Archie Bunker’s Queens neighbors on “All in the Family” in 1971. George was conceived as a black version of Archie, as distrustful of white people as Archie was of black people (and almost everyone else). Although George’s wife, Louise, was frequently seen, George himself was mentioned but did not appear on camera until 1973: he was said to be unwilling to set foot in a white family’s house. (In reality, Mr. Hemsley was unavailable until then. Mel Stewart was seen as George’s brother, Henry, until Mr. Hemsley joined the cast.)

Didn’t know that. Anyhow, rest in peace Mr. Hemsley.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2012 11:31 am

    That was a great time for TV. R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley.

  2. July 25, 2012 2:22 pm

    I read yesterday that Sherm refused to give up the steady job he had on Broadway’s Purlie for the volatile world of TV, and that Lear wanted Hemsley for the role of George so badly, he held it open for two years, and created a Jefferson brother in the interim.

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