Overheard on CNN.com:  So long, Sherman; thanks for the laughs
Sherman Hemsley, who played combative, high-energy entreprener George Jefferson, died Tuesday.
July 24th, 2012
08:30 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: So long, Sherman; thanks for the laughs

Funnyman Sherman Hemsley died Tuesday at 74. The comedian, best known for his role as George Jefferson on classic TV shows "All in the Family" and its spinoff,  "The Jeffersons," leaves behind a legacy of laughs that has CNN's audience reminiscing about a different age of television and saying thanks for all the smiles.

A true entertainer

Carolae:  What a loss for the entertainment industry. George and "Weezie" were great together on "The Jeffersons." It was one of those shows that made you feel good when you weren't. You couldn't help but love him .. especially his walk and his craziness! Am hoping that TV Land channel or another channel will run "The Jeffersons" for a week. ... My condolences to his family.

SandraC:  He wasn't just an actor, but a professional singer. He even released a single "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"

R.I.P. Mr. Sherman, thank you for everything.

TV's golden age

puppetmaster: Mr. Hemsley will be missed dearly - I used to watch him and Weezy all the time as a kid. I guess I will have to watch some reruns to pay tribute the "Man,"  "The Legend," "George Jefferson." I loved that show ...  Prayers for his family and friends ...

desertrat218: Greatest shows ever were when he was Archie Bunker's neighbor! Those two were great together!

truegrissel: That was intellectual programming compared to the mindless programming for today's people.

felino2012: "Welcome Back, Kotter," "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times," now those were the days! These shows bring back so many fond memories for me of my childhood. The shows that we have on TV now aren't worth a s***, but that's just my opinion. RIP Mr. Hemsley.

blueeyeddevi: That's when TV was TV. And now we have Snookie. God is punishing us.

The good ole' days

cpc65I: Just had to see all the "movin' on up" jokes. I'm old enough to remember when he first appeared on "All in the Family" before he got the spinoff show. RIP, Mr. Sherman "George" Hemsley.

JJC1967: George Jefferson was the man. Another part of my childhood gone. RIP, sir.

Thanks for the laughs

Valdis Reid:  Moved on up, for the last time. So long Sherman, thanks for the laughs. You will be missed.

MotoJB: RIP ... thanks for the laughs and good times.

felino2012: RIP, Sherman. thanks for the many years of laughter.

Share your memories of Sherman Hemsley

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    ...he died tooo young tooo soon!

    July 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hope

    Movin' on up...

    Gone but never forgotten.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I used to love watching him and Carol O'Connor verbally spar...
    Rest in Peace, Sherman Hemsley.
    Amen.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    Weezy is yelling at George while Maude is yelling at Archie while Archie and George are yelling at each other, Lionel is trying to keep peace
    That is what heaven looks like right now
    RIP Sherman, Norman is 3 stars away from having you all

    July 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    Carrol O'Conner
    "What dat ya say der huh meathead?"

    July 25, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jeff Frank:
      Meathead..heh heh.
      If I were Gloria, I would have never brought Mike HOME, let alone lived with Archie...

      July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. TvNyC

    Sherman seemed like a nice guy and a very funny one. Real funny indeed. So may the Lord give you heaven to your precious soul. We shall all meet again at the place only God and Gods only son Jesus have been. Lets not forget Virgin Mary, etc. we are living and Sherman lived and his soul shall live for eternity in heaven. Take care folks, and enjoy life a little, i know it'$ tough but spend the cash more wisely.

    July 25, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. TvNyC

    And hello to you banasy

    July 25, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Howdy, TvNYC!
      Hope all is good in your neighborhood! 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. drap™

    Now when he said honkie it was truly funny... .

    July 25, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    A owner or dry cleaners, and a church decon in another show. This funny man lead a good life off camera from his bio. He kept his drama only on tv so we all may laugh. God bless this man. May he be happy in his new world!

    July 25, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Obama Mama

    He *is* "movin' on up". RIP Sherman.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. 305ladyleo

    Thanks to Norman Lear for bringing George, Weezy and the rest of the gang to our TV screens every week. He showed us what other shows didn't, a Black man who owned a very successful business. George was the man.

    July 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. toocy

    Thanks for the beautiful mental picture, Tom.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Faye

    That strut and that dancing...(lol) !!! That was hilarious...I'm a hard person when it comes to comedy. Johnny Carson, George Jefferson, Archie Bunker, Andy Griffin; my favorites !! I grew up in some dark days and they helped to make it bearable.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NUNYA

    Gosh, We have lost a National Treasure!! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and I am a fan......

    July 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jacklyn Johnson

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sherman Hemsley. Know that your loved one will forever be remembered and never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk page Christina. I will visit it.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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