‘The Jeffersons’ Star Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

Known for playing cranky and cocky dry cleaner George Jefferson, Sherman Hemsley was found dead in his El Paso home

Last Updated: July 27, 2012 @ 11:55 AM

Sherman Hemsley, who played cantankerous dry cleaner George Jefferson on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons," was found dead Tuesday in his El Paso, Texas, home, the El Paso police said in a statement. He was 74.

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No cause of death was reported pending autopsy results, but no foul play is suspected, police said.

Hemsley rose to fame on the sitcom "All in The Family," from which "The Jeffersons" was spun off in 1975. The series ran until 1985 on CBS, lasting 11 seasons and 253 episodes. As the patriarch of the series, Hemsley charmed audiences with his cocky strut and readiness with brash verbal zingers.

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Overall, "The Jeffersons" racked up 11 Emmy nominations, with Hemsley receiving Best Actor nominations from 1981 to 1985. (His co-star, Isabel Sanford — who played his wife Louise, affectionately referred to as "Weezy" — would take home an Emmy in 1981. She died in 2004 at 86.)

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Hemsley would go on to many other television roles, notably as Deacon Ernest Frye in the late-'80s sitcom "Amen."

Hemsley most recently reprised the role of George Jefferson on the TV series "House of Pain" last year.