In the early 1970s, Hemsley landed on the Broadway stage, where he was spotted by producer Norman Lear and soon cast in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's irascible neighbor George Jefferson on "All in the Family." The popularity of Hemsley's character led to the spinoff "The Jeffersons," which ran 10 years and garnered him an Emmy nod in 1984. Between TV gigs, he worked in films, including Love at First Bite (1979).
Hemsley effectively retired from the small screen in the mid-'90s but continued to make guest appearances on shows such as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Hughleys." He died July 24, 2012.
A prequel to the first animated/live-action Casper feature, Casper: A Spirited Beginning introduces the friendliest ghost you'll ever know and explains how Casper met and befriended the other ghouls at Applegate Manor. After being stranded, Casper meets young Chris Carson, a lonely kid who decides to teach Casper how to be a proper ghost. Features the voices of James Earl Jones and Pauly Shore.