Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top 5 Things About Sherman Hemsley

The beloved Sherman Hemsley has moved on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky.  In the man's memory, here are the top 5 things I think of when I think of Sherman Hemsley.

5: The Surreal Life - Remember this show?  Bet you wish you didn't.  Hemsley was in the final season, season 6, with almost no other celebrities, save Florence Henderson.  It was clearly a place he didn't belong, but I still remember him being there--at least he was the biggest name on the marquee!

4: Dinosaurs - This was a terrible show about the working lives of a family of dinosaurs.  Really, it was bad, but I was 15, so I watched it for a few episodes. Hemsley played the mean boss of the family's father, and he played it well, considering that he was essentially voice acting for a guy in a fat lizard suit.

3: Family Guy - Hemsley did a voice for Family Guy, which is always a cool feather in the cap.

2: The Twilight Zone - The 1985 iteration of this series is completely forgettable with one exception--a half episode called I of Newton, starring Hemsley as a mathematician in a battle of logic with the Devil, played by  Ron Glass.  It is well-written and well-played by both actors.  Outside of the obvious #1 below, this is my strongest memory of Hemsley.  (Watch it in full above!)

1: George Jeffersons - It is impossible to think about the man without considering his role as George Jefferson.  The Jeffersons was a ground-breaking television show, and George remains one of the most vivid and developed characters in tv history.  How much of a cultural impact did George Jefferson make, you ask?  Well, the character was reprised on five separate television shows: All In The Family, E/R, The Jeffersons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House of Payne.

May his family take comfort in knowing that he brought joy to millions and tore down walls.  In life, he finally got a piece of the pie.  Share your thoughts on the passing of Sherman Hemsley in the comments below.

2 comments:

  1. Yeah...I actually like Dinosaurs...
    Not the Mama...Looks like we're gonna need another Timmy

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  2. I'll always have these two memories of Sherman Hemsley:


    1.) Walking on Mr. Bentley's back in the Main Title sequence of "The Jeffersons."


    2.) The music video for his song, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." Couldn't find the video itself, but here's Sherman performing it "live" on Soul Train...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7LOEl9xGOE

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