It was reported earlier today that iconic comedian Sherman Hemsley, famous for starring on the iconic television series The Jeffersons as George Jefferson, passed away at age 74 today. Hemsley was well-known for his comedic talents, which carried the show through its eleven seasons--a staggering achievement. So it is unsurprising that many in the Hollywood community deeply felt this loss, as Hemsley's talents defined many people's TV-watching experience in the 70s, 80s and beyond. Whether moving up to a deluxe apartment or causing problems as B.P. Richfield on The Dinosaurs, Hemsley's hold on the American television experience was deeply felt, and will be deeply missed.
Several of his fellow friends and fans expressed their sadness over the loss, and can be seen below.
George Jefferson, RIP Sherman Hemsley a comedic genius...my thoughts are with his loved ones..— Denise Richards (@DENISE_RICHARDS) July 24, 2012
"George...Jefferson...still lives..." --last words of Sherman Hemsley— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) July 24, 2012
RIP the great George Jefferson. Thanks so much to comedic pioneer Sherman Hemsley for bringing a black family into my white hometown— Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 24, 2012
RIP SHERMAN HEMSLEY ... You were brilliant at your craft!You taught me pure comedy. Such a pleasure working with a such a great talent.— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) July 24, 2012
Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of American culture...— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) July 24, 2012
RIP >Sherman Hemsley aka George Jeffersonoriginal #Boss Originator of #Swag. My tv youth hero! RIP!Movin on up— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) July 24, 2012
#RIP Sherman Hemsley. He's moving on up to heaven. God Bless and much respect. Thank you for the laughs and the smiles.— Mehcad Brooks (@MehcadBrooks) July 24, 2012
RIP Sherman Hemsley. Mr Jefferson.— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) July 24, 2012
I love George Jefferson & Deacon Frye like family. Thanks for being awesome Sherman Hemsley. say.ly/IOd3Pvv— Seth Green (@SethGreen) July 24, 2012
Sherman Hemsley you'l be missed— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) July 24, 2012
RIP the OG Tupac walker, Sherman Hemsley.— Anders Holm (@ders808) July 24, 2012
RIP Sherman Hemsley. #MovinOnUp to heaven now. bit.ly/Ml4zgi— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) July 24, 2012
Rest in Peace (in a delux apartment in the sky), Sherman Hemsley.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 24, 2012
God bless Sherman Hemsley BKA George Jefferson. He's gone to be with the Lord. He made me dream I could move on up. Truth— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) July 24, 2012
G'bye, Sherman Hemsley. Your George Jefferson was so beloved, it earned you your own successful sitcom! Huge bucket of win! Move on up, sir.— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 24, 2012
Wow. Sending LOVE > RT @JackeeHarry: RIP To My Longtime Friend & Comedic LEGEND, Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. #NeverToBeForgotten— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 24, 2012
RIP Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. rest peacefully in the de-luxe apartment in the sky...bit.ly/LLIYft— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 24, 2012
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Remembering George Jefferson
The exploits of Nick Small, a no-nonsense ex-cop turned private detective who strolls through his hectic life with the self-delusion that all things are as they were in the film world of the private eye during the 1940s, and his partner, Chip Frye, who has suffered a freak laboratory accident that causes him to shrink to a size of six inches, thus making him a master of diminutive "undercover" work.
Complicating their cases: Frye's inability to completely control his condition. Though Frye wears a special ring device that helps control his ability to shrink, certain outside influences (e.g., electrical storms, certain minerals in food) can trigger an unexpected switch in his size--and compound matters.