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In this Aug. 11, 1986 file photo, actor Sherman Hemsley poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, was found dead Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at his El Paso, Texas home. He was 74. (AP photo/Nick Ut, File)

Television legend Sherman Hemsley Dead at 71

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- George Jefferson was a bigot. A loudmouth. Rude. Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history.

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