TV's George Jefferson dies at age 74

Actor, Sherman Hemsley is shown in this Aug.11,1986 photo. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

July 25, 2012 12:26:54 AM PDT
One of television's most popular personalities from the 60's and 70's has died.

Actor Sherman Hemsley played the character George Jefferson for 15 years, first in the TV sitcom "All in the Family and then in his own spin-off, "The Jeffersons."

He reprised the role last year for a short stint on the series "The House of Payne".

Hemsley passed away in his El Paso, Texas home.

The actor was not married and did not have any children.

KGO-TV San Francisco, CA contributed to this report.