Sherman Hemsley Gone But Not Forgotten. Did Sherman Hemsley Pave The Way For Racial Equality?

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Sherman Hemsley was best known for his role as George Jefferson in the hit series "The Jeffersons" but many don't realize that he was the pioneer on race equality. SolarCigarette.com takes a look the life of Sherman Hemsley.

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Sherman Hemsley was truly an icon not only as an actor but also as a pioneer who paved the way for racial equality during a time when many people were judged inappropriately by the color of their skin. What other hit shows did Hemsley make an appearance on?

Hemsley was well known for his role as the next door neighbor to Archie Bunker who was characterized as never wanting to be associated with George Jefferson because of skin color but after all the bickering and name calling, the two men began to change each other's attitudes about race, and viewers got to see life from the point of view of George, an entrepreneur with his own dry-cleaning shops, and his wife, "Weezy" (Isabel Sanford).

"In 1973, All in the Family patriarch Archie Bunker met his match in George Jefferson, who was every bit his equal when it came to being bigoted, rude and utterly entertaining. That was thanks to the deft comic touch of Broadway and TV veteran Sherman Hemsley, who died Tuesday at age 74 at his home in El Paso, his agent, Todd Frank, said the El Paso Sheriff’s Department confirmed .

Born in 1938, the South Philadelphia native served in the Air Force and paid his way through drama school by working at the post office. He kept that day job even after moving to New York to pursue acting roles.
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