He and All in the Family Co-star Isabel Sanford were given their own spin-off (The Jeffersons). Sanford had passed away in 2004 at the age of eighty six.
He was also known as Deacon Ernest Frye in the NBC series Amen and he was also in the sitcom Dinosaurs. He also was a singer and he released singles called “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” in 1989. In 1992, he released Dance, an R&B album.
Although he retired from television acting, Hemsley joined Sanford through the late ’90s and early 2000′s to reprise their roles as George and Louise “Weezy” Jefferson on guest spots. The duo appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and in commercials for Old Navy, Gap and Denny‘s.