Sherman Hemsley

Actor, Singer, Dancer
A postal worker by day, Sherman Hemsley studied acting at night until eventually landing the chance to show off his talents on the Broadway stage. Producer Norman Lear caught one of his performances and immediately ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

For the Love of a Dog 2014 (Movie)

George O'Donnell (Actor)

Recipe For Disaster 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burke's Law 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1992 - 1995, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the House 1992 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in TV Land 1994 - 1995, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1992 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Surreal Life 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros. 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 The Greatest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

City Guys 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

Chip Oswald (Actor)

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray Combs: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Misery Brothers 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Minor Adjustments 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and the Boys 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Howard Stern New Year's Eve Pageant 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Winans' Real Meaning of Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Townsend Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Home of Angels 1993 (Movie)

Buzzard Bracken (Actor)

Mr. Nanny 1993 (Movie)

Bert Wilson (Actor)

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Amen 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ALF Takes Over the Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Club Fed 1990 (Movie)

Reverend Tessler (Actor)

Sherman Hemsley's Comedy Jackpot 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Improv Tonight 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Fever 1987 (Movie)

Buford/Jethro (Actor)

The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Stewardess School 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Jeffersons 1975 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VIII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

Reverend Mike (Actor)

Dean's Place 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Camp Cucamonga (TV Show)

Actor

Combat High (TV Show)

Actor

Up, Up and Away (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A postal worker by day, Sherman Hemsley studied acting at night until eventually landing the chance to show off his talents on the Broadway stage. Producer Norman Lear caught one of his performances and immediately tapped him to play the irascible George Jefferson on "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79) and "The Jeffersons" (CBS, 1975-1985). Hemsley's high-voltage, sometimes controversial performance, which earned him several award nominations, was popular with television audiences, but it also left him irrevocably typecast; he essentially played close variations on the grouchy, racist Jefferson in his subsequent series, "Amen" (NBC, 1986-1991) and "Goode Behavior" (UPN, 1996-97), as well as countless TV guest spots. By the late-1990s, he was making regular appearances in commercials and promotions with his former "Jeffersons" TV wife Isabel Sanford, as well as in a play based on the series. But despite never veering too far from the irascible George Jefferson persona, there was no denying his impact as a man who broke boundaries as an African-American character who was "movin' on up" in a white man's world, as well as an off-screen African-American actor who conquered the white man's medium of 1970s sitcoms like no other.

EDUCATION

studied acting with Lloyd Richards in NYC

Philadelphia Academy of Dramatic Arts

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2011

Reprised George Jefferson role with a guest appearance on TBS sitcom "House of Payne"

2009

Acted in the direct-to-DVD release "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love"

2006

Made a guest appearance on the VH1 reality series "The Surreal Life"

2005

Voiced himself on the animated series "Family Guy" (Fox)

2004

Voiced the title character on a pilot of "Mister Ed," a remake of the 1960s talking-horse sitcom that aired on CBS

2000

Acted in the crime comedy feature "Screwed," starring Norm MacDonald and Dave Chappelle

1999

Filed for bankruptcy in June; protection voluntarily lifted in August

1996

Starred on the short-lived sitcom "Goode Behavior" (UPN) as a con artist who must live under house arrest with his son

1994

Made recurring appearances on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters" as police officer Carl Winslow's (Reginald Veljohnson) superior officer

1992

Landed a recurring role opposite Will Smith on the NBC comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

1991

Provided the voice of sadistic boss B.P. Richfield on ABC's "Dinosaurs"

1989

Released the single "Ain't That A Kick In The Head"

1986

Starred as Deacon Frye on the NBC sitcom "Amen"

1985

Cast as the Mouse in CBS adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"

1979

Made film debut in vampire comedy "Love at First Bite"

1977

Made several guest appearances on "The Love Boat" (ABC)

1975

Starred as dry cleaning store owner George Jefferson on the spin-off series "The Jeffersons" (CBS)

1973

Cast by Norman Lear on the sitcom "All in the Family" (CBS) in recurring role of the Bunker family's neighbor George Jefferson

1969

Made Broadway debut as Gitlow in "Purlie"

1968

Appeared off-Broadway in "The People vs. Ranchman"

Made TV debut on local Philadelphia comedy series "Black Book"

Was member of the advanced workshop of the Negro Ensemble Company

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