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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.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.

Introduced to television audiences in the series fourth season in the episode titled "Henry's Farewell", and played by theatre actor Sherman Hemsley, George and the rest of the Jeffersons, with the exception of Henry, were spun-off into a new series during the 1974-75 season titled The Jeffersons which itself would enjoy a long run on CBS, lasting for eleven seasons.

During the period, between 19, George's perpetual absence was explained as being a result of his refusal to set foot in his bigoted neighbor Archie Bunker's home, although in later episodes relationships between Jefferson and Bunker thawed somewhat.

When the spin-off series, The Jeffersons, began in January 1975, George and his family had moved "to a deluxe apartment in the sky" on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Sherman Hemsley played George Jefferson, a wisecracking owner of a dry cleaning business, on "All In the Family" from 1973 until 1975, when the spinoff "The Jeffersons" began an 11-season run.

The late Isabel Sanford played his wife, Louise "Weezy" Jefferson."The Jeffersons": (Back row, from left) Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs and Ned Wertimer.