Television Loses Two Beloved Stars - Sherman Hemsley and Chad Evertt
07.25.12 by Mandy
It's a sad day for classic television fans. Stars of two 1970s television series passed away on Tuesday.
Sherman Hemsley, best known for his work as George Jefferson in both The Jeffersons and All in the Family, died at his home in El Paso, Texas yesterday. He was 74 years old.
The Jeffersons ran for 10 years, and filmed 253 episodes, though the number of airings is countless due to its multiple runs in syndication. Though Hemsley retired from television acting in the nineties, he joined his Jeffersons costar, Isabel Sanford, to reprise their roles as George and Weezy Jefferson in guest spots in television shows as well as in commercials well into the 2000s.
In tribute to the actor, TV Land will air a four-hour Jeffersons marathon on Saturday, July 28th. The episodes will feature some of Hemsley's most memorable episodes.
Actor Chad Everett, star of the 1970s television series Medical Center, passed away on Tuesday as well. He died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 75 after battling lung cancer for a year and a half.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor had a 40-year career with experience working on dozens of television shows and many movies. He appeared in Mulholland Dr., Airplane II: The Sequel, and Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho remake. Everett had a recurring role on Melrose Place and guest starred on many television shows, including The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, and The Nanny. Recently, he appeared in episodes of both Castle and Supernatural.
The actor is survived by his two daughters, Katherine and Shannon, and six grandchildren.