"Hemsley was born and raised in South Philadelphia by his mother, who was a factory worker. He attended Central High School for a time. He dropped out of school and joined the United States Air Force, where he served for four years. On leaving the Air Force, he returned to Philadelphia where he worked for the Post Office during the day while attending acting school at night. He then moved to New York, continuing to work for the Post Office during the day while working as an actor at night. He starred as the character Gitlow in the early 1970s Broadway play Purlie -"
"Born Sherman Alexander Hemsley
(1938-02-01)February 1, 1938
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Died July 24, 2012(2012-07-24) (aged 74)
El Paso, Texas, U.S. Occupation Actor " from wikipedia
Many of us remember being entertained by Hemsley's character
George Jefferson, a Black business owner in New York City