Black Is Remembers Sherman Hemsley

1938 - 2012

Featured, Film & TV

For us 70′s babies, Sherman Hemsley was as large of a superstar as one can get. His iconic character of George Jefferson was imprinted in our brains as kids as the first Black millionaire showcased on primetime television. Although his walk, his wife Weezy’s voice, and his famous arguments with their maid Florence were synonymous with the show’s fame, the image of a Black man who owned a chain of dry-cleaning businesses and therefore was able to “move on up” had an impact on all of us. During the era of sitcoms like Different Strokes, What’s Happening, and Good Times, The Jeffersons gave us a peek into the experience of being Black and wealthy.

Beyond The Jeffersons, Hemsley’s work ethic was something to admire. He moved on to the hit series Amen, playing the role of Deacon Ernest Frye. Beyond that he remained in our view, often pairing up with his former co-star, Isabel Sanford, in commercials for brands such as Denny’s and Old Navy, until her passing in 2004. Every few years after that, Hemsley would appear in guests spots in both film and television, culminating with voiceover work for the hit animated series, Family Guy

We lost an icon in our community yesterday at the age of 74 and of natural causes. I can say that having lost so many within this last decade to drug addiction and other unsavory circumstances, I admire Hemsley even more for maintaining his health to the best of his ability, and leaving behind the legacy of a stellar and consistent acting career. I don’t recall ever hearing his name tied to any scandals or smeared with bad press, and perhaps this is why he continued to work steadily in an industry that takes its toll on so many.

Thank you, Sherman Hemsley, for sharing so much of your time here on Earth with us. You will be greatly missed.

2 Comments on "Black Is Remembers Sherman Hemsley"

  1. Chris Lehman Jul 27, 2012 · 11:55 am

    Great article. He will be missed.

    • Griselda Sep 21, 2012 · 10:02 pm

      Marnie Where did someone say we don’t have the funds to vefriy addresses? With this action that district staff is proving that we are willing and able to go after people and it’s also true that no amount of money would catch every last person determined to fool us. Anyway, the so-called snitch line is only one of several sources of information about people who may not be attending SFUSD legally at least some of the 80 exposed in recent weeks were discovered by other means.And how does the lawsuit have anything to do with this situation? (And again, you’ve confused the City and SFUSD the City administration is not suing the state; the district is, along with a number of partners). The lawsuit is being waged by the Education Legal Alliance and several law firms that are taking the case pro bono. There is not much day-to-day staff time being invested by the school district in this lawsuit and no legal costs.I understand that you’re angry when you hear that non-residents took up space in high-demand schools that they were not entitled to. Why not place the blame at the feet of the people who committed the fraud, instead of searching for ways to blame district staff for their transgressions?

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