Sherman Hemsley gave us so any laughs.Hemsley was one of the most beloved and enjoyable characters in television history. The Jefferson’s was one of the most successful and longest running television sitcoms. During that era he was one of only a handful of African American men who had a hit sitcom on national television. Did you know that Sherman Hemsley worked at the Post Office during the day and took acting lesson at night? Sherman Hemsley died at the age of 74 on Tuesday.