Tyler Perry recognized the talent and legacy of Sherman Hemsley.
Sherman Hemsley may have died but he will never be forgotten. His body of work will live long after him.
It’s important to note that Sherman Hemsley played characters that have left indelible marks on the psyche of television viewers young and old. It us virtually impossible to turn on the television and not encounter one of the many roles that he played. Most notably George Jefferson.As a recurring character on “All in the Family,” Jefferson served as a kind of counterweight, if not exactly a counterpart, to Carroll O’Connor’s Archie Bunker: an irascible, abrasive, acerbic, sharp-tongued, comic antihero, conservative by temperament, protective of his space and resistant to change. (George’s mistrust of white people was not quite the same as Archie’s fear of a black planet, but their jokes at the expense of each other’s race, and each other, did achieve a sort of ping-pong balance.) The spun-off series, “The Jeffersons,” which saw George and wife Louise (Isabel Sanford) moving “on up to the East Side/To a deluxe apartment in the sky,” ran from 1975 to 1985, logged 253 episodes and made the actor all but synonymous with his role.