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'Jeffersons' actor Ned Wertimer dead at 89

Jan. 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Character actor Ned Wertimer has died at the Sherman Village Health Care Center near Los Angeles after a fall in late November, his manager said. He was 89.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed his Jan. 2 death on Wednesday.

Wertimer is best known for playing Ralph the doorman for 11 seasons on the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons." Among his other small-screen credits were "Gunsmoke," "McMillan and Wife," "Car 54, Where Are You?," "The Debbie Reynolds Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "WKRP in Cincinnati," "Mork & Mindy," "He & She" and "Family Law."

The Buffalo, N.Y., native appeared in the films "The Strongest Man in the World," "The Pack" and "The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

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