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Remembering Sherman Hemsley

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The Archive is sad to report the death of actor Sherman Hemsely, who passed away at the age of 74. Hemsley was best known for playing “George Jefferson” on the All in the Family spin-off The Jeffersons, and “Deacon Earnest Frye” on Amen. He also voiced “B.P. Richfield” on Dinosaurs, had recurring roles on The Love Boat and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and enjoyed an active career on Broadway.

Below are some selections from Hemsley’s 2003 Archive interview:

On his screen test for The Jeffersons’ executive producer, Norman Lear:

On “George Jefferson”:

On playing “Deacon Earnest Frye” on Amen:

On following his own path:

On advice to aspiring actors:

You got something steady telling you everyday, “go, go, go.” So rather than fight the voice, you just got to say ,”whew” and just start. That’s my advice to people – you want to do it? Start … Just go for it. Go for it; it’s fun.

Watch Sherman Hemsley’s full Archive interview

Read his obituary in The Huffington Post

Sherman Hemsley’s Interview Is Now Online

Friday, August 1st, 2008


Sherman Hemsley’s Archive Interview is now online. Forever “George Jefferson” in the minds of TV fans, Hemsley also had a hit with the highly-rated sitcom Amen.

Click here to view Sherman Hemsley’s three part Archive Interview.

Interview Description:
During his interview, Mr. Hemsley spoke of his early career as a stage actor (while continuing to work a day-job at the post office) and his rise to fame as “George Jefferson” on All in the Family. Hemsley spoke of his being cast for the role and the subsequent long-running spin-off, The Jeffersons. Hemsely then spoke about creating the character of “Deacon Ernest Frye” on Amen. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on August 17, 2003.

Click here for a link to Jeffersons co-star Isabel Sanford’s interview.