Jeffrey Alexander Brathwaite wrote that as a young African-American in the ’70s, he didn’t have many role models:
“But in George Jefferson I witnessed weekly the fortitude and drive of a successful Black businessman. In a time where pimps and denim were all the rage, I marveled at this endearingly brazen Manhattan penthouse-dweller who owned a dry cleaning chain and had a preference for smart 3-piece suits.”
The Jeffersons ran for 11 seasons and ended in 1985.
“Although he retired from television acting, Hemsley joined [Isabel] Sanford through the late ’90s and early 2000s to reprise their roles as George and Louise ‘Weezy’ Jefferson on guest spots. The duo appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and in commercials for Old Navy, Gap and Denny’s.”
Here’s our memories:
Helmsley died in El Paso, Texas, of natural causes.
- Black people in the news – celebrity black out (bonjupatten.com)
- ‘Jeffersons’ star Sherman Hemsley dies at 74 (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- You: Sherman Hemsley, TV’s George Jefferson, dies at 74 (latimes.com)
- ‘The Jeffersons’ star Sherman Hemsley dies at 74 (tv.yahoo.com)
- Sherman Hemsley, star of ‘Jeffersons,’ dies at 74 (wwltv.com)
- Sherman Helmsley, Father On “The Jeffersons,” Dies (thinkprogress.org)
- Obits: Sherman Hemsley (1938-2012) (dayandadream.com)