Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

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45 of 186: Sherman 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.

The actor passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas, People quoted police as saying on Tuesday, July 24. ABC affiliate KVIA Television confirmed the news as well through a friend of the actor. 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.

Hemsley also had roles in shows such as 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 'Amen,' 'Family Matters' and "Sister, Sister." He also provided the voice of mean boss B.P. Richfield in the 1990s life-size puppet sitcom 'The Dinosaurs.' The actor's last on-screen role was in a 2011 episode of the comedy series 'House of Payne.'

The actor was also a musician and sometimes performed with the 62nd Army Band in El Paso, KVIA Television said.

(Pictured: Sherman Hemsley appears with Isabel Sanford in a scene from the 1970s series 'The Jeffersons.') (Embassy Television / CBS)