Sherman Helmsley reported dead

Sherman Helmsley reported dead

When Sherman Helmsley was on TV, you knew just what you were going to get…and that was fine with his fans.

Like Humphrey Bogart or John Wayne, or other movie stars, Helmsley was a TV star.

He really came to fame as Archie Bunker’s foil, George Jefferson, on Norman Lear’s classic All in the Family.

The character made such an impact that The Jeffersons was spun-off…and ended up being on the air longer (11 seasons) than All in the Family (not counting Archie Bunker’s Place).

Helmsley would even repeat the character in other series (including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Family Guy)

In terms of geek credits, the first one that comes to mind for me is Dinosaurs, a Jim Henson live action series (you might remember, “I’m the baby, gotta love me!”). As he often would, Helmsley played the boss.

He also played the supervillain, The Toyman, in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Other geek credits:

  • The Incredible Hulk (the Bill Bixby series)
  • Love at First Bite (George Hamilton Dracula parody)
  • Fantasy Island
  • Alice in Wonderland (TV movie with Anthony Newley and Red Buttons)
  • The Twilight Zone (1980s version)
  • Ghost Fever (rare big screen appearance…a comedy where the director used the nom-de-screen Alan Smithee to not be associated with it)
  • What a Dummy (living ventriloquist dummy sitcom)
  • Townsend Television (the Wizard of Oz)
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Casper: A Spirited Beginning (video prequel)
  • Up, Up, and Away (Helmsley played the super-powered Steel Condor)
  • Mr. Ed (he voiced the titular horse in this attempted 2004 reboot)

He was also a frequent guest as himself on shows, including starring in the reality show, The Surreal Life.

Good-bye, Sherman Helmsley…we’ll miss your perfect portrayal of a pompous, self-important egotist…who really loved his wife and family.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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