Nightly News   |  July 24, 2012

'The Jeffersons' actor Sherman Hemsley has died

An Air Force veteran who gained fame in his Emmy-nominated role as George Jefferson, Sherman Hemsley was 74 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> sherman hemsley has died. nobody else could have played george jefferson the way he did. starting on "all in the family" and then master of his own domain in that deluxe apartment in the sky along with his wife weezie and all the other characters we came to know. he got his bearing in the u.s. military . he was an air force veteran who kicked around in odd jobs. he works at the post office for eight years while taking acting classes at night. he was a recording artist and a sitcom veteran. his acting earned him an emmy nomination . sherman hemsley was 74 years old.