According to authorities, Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was unmarried and has no children.
In addition to the series mentioned above, Hemsley appeared in numerous other television shows and movies, including E/R, Family Matters, Family Guy and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
When he wasn’t acting, Hemsley had a career in music. His 1989 songe, “Ain’t that A Kick in the Head,” was a minor hit.
Many cite The Jeffersons as the first show in a long line of sitcoms centered on African American families. Some say that it paved the way for future shows like The Cosby Show and Family Matters (which Hemsley was a guest star on).
In the video below, Hemsley speaks about developing the character of George Jefferson: