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Dozens of celebrities take their final bows in 2012

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Funeral held for actor Sherman Hemsley

EL PASO, Texas, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Television icon Sherman Hemsley, who died of lung cancer in July, has been buried in Texas after months of legal wrangling over his estate.
Hemsley's body still at funeral home

Hemsley's body still at funeral home

EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The body of TV icon Sherman Hemsley remains stored in an El Paso, Texas, funeral home freezer five weeks after his death from lung cancer.
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Report: Hemsley died of lung cancer

Report: Hemsley died of lung cancer

EL PASO, Texas, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Television star Sherman Hemsley died from a cancerous mass on his lung, an autopsy conducted by the El Paso County Texas Medical Examiner revealed Tuesday.
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Sherman Hemsley died of natural causes

Sherman Hemsley died of natural causes

EL PASO, Texas, July 25 (UPI) -- The El Paso (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office says actor Sherman Hemsley died of natural causes and no autopsy will be conducted.

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TV actor Sherman Hemsley dead at 74

TV actor Sherman Hemsley dead at 74

EL PASO, Texas, July 24 (UPI) -- Television actor Sherman Hemsley has died at his home in El Paso, Texas, police told TMZ Tuesday. He was 74.

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Sherman Alexander Hemsley (born February 1, 1938) is an American actor, most famous for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons and as Deacon Ernest Frye on Amen. He also played Earl Sinclair's horrifying boss, a Triceratops named B.P. Richfield on the Jim Henson sitcom, Dinosaurs.

Hemsley was born and raised in South Philadelphia by his mother, who was a factory worker. He dropped out of school and joined the Air Force, where he stayed for four years. When he left the Air Force, he moved back to Philadelphia where he worked for the Post Office during the day while attending acting school at night. He then moved to New York, continuing to work for the Post Office during the day while working as an actor at night. He starred as the character Gitlow in the early 1970s Broadway play, Purlie.

While Hemsley was on Broadway with Purlie, Lear called him in 1971 to play the role of George Jefferson on his burgeoning new sitcom, All in the Family. Hemsley was reluctant to leave his role in Purlie, but Lear told him that he would hold the role open for him. Hemsley joined the cast two years later. The characters of Hemsley and co-star Isabel Sanford were secondary on All in the Family, but were given their own spin-off series, The Jeffersons, less than two years after Hemsley made his debut on the show. Such was Hemsley's and Sanford's compatibility and credibility as a married couple that no one seemed to notice or care that in real life Sanford was twenty years older than Hemsley. The Jeffersons proved to be one of Lear's most successful shows, enjoying a run of 11 seasons before its cancellation in 1985.

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