Actor Sherman Hemsley, who amused TV audiences for 11 years as George Jefferson , "The Jeffersons" acid-tongued businessman with the distinctive strut, died July 24 in El Paso, Texas. He was 74 years old. Although best-recognized as the surly Jefferson who "moved on up" to a New York City luxury apartment thanks to a chain of successful dry cleaning businesses, Hemsley also had a starring role in the late 80s sitcom "Amen". Here's a look at how a handful of celebrities paid tribute to the actor via Twitter.
"Just when I thought my heart couldn't take it anymore,another legend has passed.God Bless you,Sherman Hemsley. Loved me some Jeffersons" -- Michael Rosenbaum
"Sherman Hemsley is movin on up to that Deluxe apartment in the Sky. What a funny guy!!" -- Singer Neal McCoy
Denise Richards wrote "George Jefferson, RIP Sherman Hemsley a comedic genius...my thoughts are with his loved ones.."
"I love George Jefferson & Deacon Frye like family. Thanks for being awesome Sherman Hemsley." -- Seth Green
Holly Robinson Peete shared "Sherman Helmsley was a pioneer in TV-feel blessed to have known and worked with him... Well Done. Rest With Angels Sherman ..."
"Sherman Hemsley made me laugh so many times growing up. There was no one quite like him. Rest in Peace." -- Zach Braff
Marlee Matlin tweeted "Sad to read about passing of Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson. RIP. Always very sweet to me. He really is "movie' on up!"
"Rest in Peace (in a delux apartment in the sky), Sherman Hemsley." -- Alyssa Milano
"RIP Sherman Hemsley. Mr. Jefferson is now truly 'movin' on up.' A warm man who shared his kindness with me." -- Lou Diamond Phillips
Tamera Mowry-Housley shared "RIP SHERMAN HEMSLEY ... You were brilliant at your craft! You taught me pure comedy. Such a pleasure working with a such a great talent."
"Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley . You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of American culture..." -- Lenny Kravitz
"God bless Sherman Hemsley BKA George Jefferson. He's gone to be with the Lord. He made me dream I could move on up. Truth" -- Deion Sanders
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