Sherman Hemsley



  • Birth Name: Sherman Alexander Hemsley
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/01/1938, Aquarius
  • Date of Death: 07/24/2012
  • Profession: Actor
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Sherman Hemsley Fast Facts:
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force, then worked for the post office for eight years.
  • After moving to New York, studied acting with director Lloyd Richards at the celebrated Negro Ensemble Company.
  • Made his Broadway debut playing Gitlow in the musical Purlie (1970).
  • Hosted Saturday Night Live in 1976.
  • Released an R&B album in 1992 titled Dance
  • Appeared in a series of ads for Denny's and Old Navy with Isabel Sanford, his costar on The Jeffersons
  • Sherman Hemsley Awards:
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Philadelphia Academy of Dramatic Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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