George says: "Well, whenever a man of our race has that job, he is a janitor!" During All in the Family, Jefferson lived in a working-class neighborhood in the borough of Queens, next door to the Bunker family, with his wife Louise and son Lionel.In a very early episode, George's wife Louise makes mention of a conversation she had with George's father after she and George were married about the Jeffersons family roots.However, the show's writers later applied a retroactive change in the continuity of George's father, such that he had died when George was 10 years old.
That character was created only because Sherman Hemsley was starring in the Broadway theatre musical Purlie and not yet available to take on the part of George.
George Jefferson was born in Harlem in 1929, an ambitious African-American entrepreneur who started and managed a successful chain of seven dry cleaning stores in New York City.
He was a cook in the United States Navy during the Korean War.
(Front row, from left) Roxie Roker, Isabel Sanford, Mike Evans and Berlinda Tolbert. It just gives me these emotions and feelings (that) all of a sudden there's these people that have never known anything about our life, about who we are, about what we're all about, about what we endured," Enchinton said about the validity of her role in Hemsley's life being questioned.
Hemsley's embalmed remains are kept in a refrigerator at San Jose Funeral Home in El Paso awaiting a court order allowing burial or with instructions on who should be given the body, funeral home employee Renny Dosier said Thursday."Sherman left very worried about me, about me staying alone, what was going to happen to me, being alone if he was gone.
Sherman Hemsley reacts during a scene in an episode of "House of Payne" in April 2011.