Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Jeffersons Star "George Jefferson" - Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74 & 'Medical Center' star Chad Everett dies at 75

July 24th 2012 - Chad Everett Dead at 75 & Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74 - Who will be number 3?


Chad Everett, who starred in the 1970s TV drama "Medical Center," has died. He was 75. Everett's daughter told the Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer.

Perhaps best known for his role as surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon, the actor was twice nominated for a Golden Globe for his perfomances on "Medical Center." The series ran seven seasons and, at the time, tied with "Marcus Welby, M.D." for longest-running medical drama.

But in an acting career that spanned more than 40 years, Everett guest-starred on a wide range of television series, including "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "Melrose Place" and as a closeted gay police officer on "Cold Case." Everett found a new audience in 2009 when he acted in an episode of the CW's "Supernatural" as an aged version of Dean Winchester, usually played by Jensen Ackles. He recently appeared in the TV series "Castle."

His film credits include "Mulholland Dr.," "The Jigsaw Murders," "The Firechasers" and director Gus Van Sant's "Psycho."

Everett's interest in acting began in high school, when he took theater classes in Dearborn, Mich. Everett then attended Wayne State University before moving to Los Angeles and signing a Warner Bros. contract. According to his agent, Everett -- born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1937 -- changed his name because he was tired of explaining "Raymon, no 'D', Cramton, no 'P.'"

He began his career with a small role on the detective drama "Surfside 6," and he followed that with a more notable part in "Claudelle Inglish."

A conservative Republican, Everett made headlines in 1972 after going toe to toe with Lily Tomlin on "The Dick Cavett Show." Tomlin, a feminist, became outraged after Everett referred to his wife, horse and dog as his "property." A 1977 Time magazine profile on Tomlin says she was so infuriated that she "stunned even herself" by storming off the set.

Everett is survived by his two daughters and six grandchildren. He was married 45 years to actress Shelby Grant -- who appeared opposite him on "Medical Center" as a dying young woman -- until her death last year.

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Sherman Hemsley, the man best known for movin’ George Jefferson and family on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky, died Tuesday.

The actor passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas, according to El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX14. No details about the cause of death have been released.

Though he was a stage-trained actor whose television career spanned 38 years, Hemsley was most closely associated with a character he first played in its very beginning: George Jefferson, Archie bunker’s opinionated neighbor on All in the Family. The cocky dry cleaning business owner (and his family) got their own spin-off sitcom when The Jeffersons debuted in 1975. After that show’s decade-long run ended, Hemsley continued to work steadily, including a five-season run as Amen’s Deacon Ernest Frye.

Hemsley took part in VH1’s where-are-they-now? reality show The Surreal Life in 2006, and he and Jeffersons co-star Marla Gibbs recently appeared together on an episode of TBS’ Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.



25 comments:

"Weezie" Jefferson said...

O Lawdy! George be movin' on down with me.

Trooper Ennis Del Mar said...

He movin' on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky-eye-eye. Silly negro.

Weezie said...

Nigga Please!

Anonymous said...

Weezie said in an interview about 10 years ago that Hemsley was a homo.

The only thing worse than a gay man is an OLD gay man.

Anonymous said...

Hey Shaver, is Bill Cosby still dead???

Out of the car Motherfucker!!! said...

George and Weezy didn't like living around the Niggaz, so they moved on up!!! You can't blame them for that!!! George was a negro that had a job!!! unlike the Obama voters that shhot each other on a daily basis in the Home Town of Obama every fucking night!!!!

R.I.P. Sherman.

Anonymous said...

Great show. RIP Sherman.

I Voted For Obama said...

Sherman Hemsley voted for Obama, then asked when had he moved on up to the east side.

I Voted For Obama said...

Sherman Hemsley voted for Obama, then asked when had he moved on up to the east side.

Anonymous said...

Looks like that cocksucker cmdr Ronnie Watson

Anonymous said...

Remember Watson killed a guy on a bad off duty shooting in a Hyde park jewelry store and he wasn't charged with murder cuz his pappy was cmdr julius Watson

Anonymous said...

I hope he was a good nigger or he won't be movin on up lol

Anonymous said...

Wow, he looked old in 75. Hard to believe he was only 74yo.

Anonymous said...

LIONEL JEFFERSON SAYS:

How come eyez don'ts looks likes my Daddy OR my Momma ? Eyes thanks Missa Bunker was right ...

Anonymous said...

obama???

Anonymous said...

silly coon.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he moved on up to and past the East Side.

Eric Blair and friends said...

He wasn't ashamed that he was black and conducted himself as a gentleman and a proud American.

We can learn a lot from him.


Chad was white and a gentleman and a proud American also.

We need more Americans like them to find cures for what's killing us and our children!

Anonymous said...

I'm liking Jane Byrne.

Anonymous said...

That's what I was about to say. He looked 75 in the "fresh prince" episodes 15 years ago.

The King of All Crackers said...

George Jefferson is voting for Romney in 2012 and voted for McCain in 2008. George Jefferson thinks Obama and Obamacare are bad.

Anonymous said...

The Jeffersons was a fun show. Plenty of good moral lessons at the end of each show. Entertainment like this is gone forever. But we still have Erkle. RIP, Sherman.

Anonymous said...

chief hillbilly walrus whale ass next?

Looks like he has both feet in the grave. 450 lbs. of lard

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

who gives a shit