Tyler Perry pays tribute to Sherman Hemsley with video montage - Watch
Tyler Perry utilized his social media accounts to pay homage to the late Sherman Hemsley, who passed away on July 24.
"We'll miss you so much Sherman. May you rest in peace," Perry Tweeted on July 26.
The 42-year-old director, actor and producer posted a tribute video on his official Twitter page, displaying a montage of Hemsley in one of his last acting roles, "House of Payne." Watch the video below.
The famous "Why Did I Get Married" actor also took to his blog, giving thanks to Hemsley for his contributions, and to "celebrate his life."
"Sherman Hemsley's last acting job was on an episode of' House Of Payne' where he reprised his George Jefferson character," the actor wrote. "He and Marla Gibbs were on the show and they were saying how they were the only two original living cast members from 'The Jeffersons.' Sherman brought joy to millions, and I want to thank him for all the laughter he brought to our house. I celebrate your life, my friend. May you rest in peace."
Perry is currently gearing up to release his 2013 film, "The Marriage Counselor," which stars Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood. The actor recently released his 2012 Madea film, "Madea's Witness Protection," as well as his feel-good drama "Good Deeds" with Gabrielle Union.
Perry rose to fame after releasing "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" in 2005, which featured the character of Madea as well as Brian and Joe. Perry had been playing the characters on stage for years in plays he had written before making it to the big screen.
Hemsley, most famous for his role as George Jefferson in the sitcoms "The Jeffersons" and "All In The Family," died at age 74 in Texas on July 24. The actor was pronounced dead by the El Paso Sheriff's Department, but the cause of his death is still unknown. He had no wife or children.
Hemsley, who is originally from Philadelphia, made his on-screen debut in "All In The Family" in 1973. The show ended its run in 1978, but he played his character, the abrasive George Jefferson, in a spin-off - "The Jeffersons," which aired until 1985. Isabel Sanford, who played his on-screen wife Louise "Weezy" Jefferson, died in 2004 at age 86.