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Sherman Hemsley, R.I.P.

By on 7.24.12 | 6:34PM

Actor Sherman Hemsley died today of natural causes. He was 74.

Hemsley is, of course, best known for his portrayal of George Jefferson first as a recurring character on All in the Family before being given a starring role in the spin off The Jeffersons which aired on CBS for more than a decade.

After The Jeffersons was cancelled in 1985, Hemsley would have a starring role on the NBC sitcom Amen.

I had absolutely no idea that Hemsley was a devotee of prog rock. Just thinking about it makes me weezy. Hemsley was a big fan of prog rock bands like Nektar, Gentle Giant and Gong. He even collaborated on an album with former Yes lead singer Jon Anderson which was never released. It's too bad because if Jon Anderson could collaborate with Vangelis then why not with George Jefferson?

Now that Hemsley has moved on up to that sky I think it's fitting to leave you with The Last Will and Testament of George Jefferson.

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