To say that death has been busy lately would be a gross understatement. Hollywood has lost two more beloved actors in recent days.
Ginny Tyler began working in radio in her native Seattle in the 30's, then came to Hollywood to join The Mickey Mouse Club, and was promoted to head Mouseketeer in 1963 to host reruns of the original series. Cartoon fans will recognize her voice from her work on Davey & Goliath, Space Ghost, and in Disney's "The Sword & The Stone", among other credits. Ginny left us nearly 2 weeks ago at 86.
When Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All In The Family as a point-counterpoint to Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), he not only became a player on the other side in relation to Archie's bigoted ways, but he also became just as much a cherished television icon. The Jeffersons was spun off from Family in 1975, and lasted 10 seasons. Rights to the series belong to TV One and I'm not sure if TV Land still has a share. Not one to rest on his laurels, Hemsley returned to television on Amen, acting opposite Clifton Davis (ex-That's My Mama), who ironically is now a real-life minister. Amen didn't last as long as The Jeffersons, but Deacon Ernest Frye was every bit as cranky and selfish as ol' George.
In the 90's, Hemsley was reunited with Jeffersons co-star Isabel Sanford for a dramatic guest turn on, of all places, Lois & Clark:The New Adventures of Superman, and did a couple of ads for Old Navy. Hemsley passed away earlier today in his home in El Paso at 74. Cause of death, as of press time, is undetermined.
Following is the open to The Jeffersons, from one of the first episodes.
Rest in peace, Sherman & Ginny.