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TheDailyBeast: Summer 2012's Lost Legends

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Sherman Hemsley

(Feb. 1, 1938–July 24, 2012)

Before there were the Huxtables, there were the Jeffersons. Sherman Hemsley, who died July 24 at age 74, first endeared himself to audiences by sparring with Archie Bunker as George Jefferson on "All in the Family." The character became so wildly popular that he and his wife, played by Isabel Sanford, soon “moved on up to the East Side” in a spinoff called "The Jeffersons." It ran for a whopping 11 seasons and was remarkable for its portrayal of an affluent (the Jeffersons had their own maid), opinionated, and loving black couple. Hemsley went on to star in the sitcom "Amen" and lend a voice to the series "Dinosaurs," but it’s the lovably imperious George Jefferson for which he’ll be forever remembered.

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