Movin' on up: Sherman Hemsley dies at age 74

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Sherman Hemsley, the actor who became synonymous with "George Jefferson" on TV's The Jeffersons, has died, TMZ reports. He was 74.

The Jeffersons, a spinoff from All in the Family, ran from 1975 to 1985. After the show went off the air, Hemsley continued to act with success on TV, starring in the series Amen, Dinosaurs and even making guest appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The actor, who had no wife or children, died Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, TMZ says. It's believed he passed away from natural causes.

Hemsley was probably best known as George Jefferson, a side character in All in the Family who became the star when The Jeffersons was spun off in 1975. The show ran until 1985. His work on the show resulted in an Emmy nomination in 1984. The Philadelphia-born and raised sitcom actor also was a singer, releasing a single Ain't That a Kick in the Head in 1989 and an R&B album, Dance, in 1992.

he theme song to The Jeffersons practically sounds like a proper obituary.  

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin'
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby
There ain't nothin wrong with that.

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:33pm]

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