“All in the Family” Cast – Where Are They Now?

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Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson

We all know him as Archie Bunker’s black neighbor, George Jefferson. Like Archie, Jefferson was opinionated, bigoted, and just as narrow-minded, but the two had their differences. George was much more clever with his comebacks, and quicker on his feet than Archie. Hemsley began his spin-off series The Jeffersons in 1975. The series ran an astonishing 10 years.

Sherman was born on February 1, 1938. Despite being outspoken and opinionated on television, Hemsley was a very shy and quiet man. He kept his personal life extremely personal and did not want his privacy invaded. He made his best efforts to keep out of the limelight. Very little is revealed about Hemsley and the only thing the public knows – besides that he never stopped working as an actor – is that he was never married or had children. Hemsley died in 2012 of complications of lung cancer. He was 74 years old.

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Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson

Isabel Sanford was born on August 29, 1917. She had always aspired to be an actress. Sanford was leaving her husband when she and her three children made their way to California. She immediately attracted attention for her acting and comedic skills and landed roles in multiple films, including the award-winning Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? After catching the eye of producer Norman Lear, she was cast for the role of Louise “Weezy” Jefferson, wife of George Jefferson and mother of Lionel Jefferson.

Following her role on All in the Family and The Jeffersons, Sanford continued to make guest appearances on television. Sanford had preventative surgery on her carotid artery in 2003. She was hospitalized in 2004 and died six months before her 87th birthday.

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Michael Evans as Lionel Jefferson

Landing the role of Lionel Jefferson in All in the Family was the start of Evans’s career. He was born on November 3, 1949. He got the role while he was in college studying drama. He had a recurring role on the show from its start in 1971 until 1975, when he was succeeded by actor Damon Evans (no relation). He decided to spend more time writing for the TV show Good Times and returned to All in the Family in 1979 for only two seasons.

Evans also starred in another hit tv series, The Practice from 1976-77. He owned real estate and other properties in California. He met his wife, Helena Jefferson in 1974 and in 2006, just four years after his wife passed away, Evans lost his battle with throat cancer at just 57 years old.

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Jason Wingreen as Harry Snowden

Best known for his role as Harry Snowden, friend and business partner to Archie Bunker, Wingreen was no rookie when it came to acting. He also landed roles in Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, and many others. Wingreen also portrayed Hitler in Blue Light in 1965.

After serving up beers at Kelcy’s Bar on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, Wingreen continued acting in television and films, including a popular turn as the voice of Boba Feet in the 1980s sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. He appeared in Mama’s Family, In the Heat of the Night, Matlock, Seinfeld, and General Hospital. Snowden died in his Los Angeles home on Christmas Day 2015, surrounded by family, at the age of 95. His date of birth was on October 9, 1920.

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