For those of you who may not be old enough or just plain do not remember the hit television show “The Jefferson’s” or another memorable TV show, “Amen”; be thankful for TV re-runs, as both of them can be seen via that vehicle.
At press time, noted talent and personality ,Cedric “The Entertainer” stated:
Actor Sherman Hemsley was a true television legend. His incredible comedic talent
Produced unforgettable, beloved, and iconic TV characters.
His portrayal of the feisty, irrepressible “George Jefferson” was groundbreaking, making “The Jefferson’s” a phenomenal hit and must-see TV in nearly every household — everyone loved “The Jefferson’s”! In that role,
Sherman Hemsley set the standard and laid the blueprint for me (and so many others) on how to be a great comedic lead on TV.
As if that weren’t enough, he managed to accomplish the rare feat of creating yet another enduring and hilarious TV character, “Deacon Frye” on “Amen” long before faith-based television was mainstream. He truly set the bar high. His paving the way for today’s on air and on screen talents is a blessing indeed.
Sherman Hemsley will be sorely missed. On behalf of the entire cast and crew of “The Soul Man”, we celebrate his life and wish to express our thanks to him for paving the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. We extend to them our heartfelt condolences.
Marathon runs of “The Jefferson’s” and “The Soul Man” can be found on TV Land. For more information see: www.tvland.com
To borrow a bit form the show’s theme song, Sherman Hemsley “is movin’ on up!”
–Cedric “The Entertainer”