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George Jefferson is dead

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 9:04 AM    

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Sherman Hemsley, better known as George Jefferson from American Television show “The Jeffersons” is dead.

Police said Hemsley died yesterday at his home in El Paso, Texas, at age 74.

Hemsley, has been described as the gifted character actor who gave life to the blustering black Harlem businessman one of TV's longest running and most successful sitcoms - particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast.

"The Jeffersons" ran for 11 seasons from 1975 to 1985.

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