Movin’ on up
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.
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.