Bill Cosby

Sherman Hemsley: Do the George Jefferson Dance!

Posted on 07/25/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyNext to Bill Cosby‘s Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Sherman Hemsley’s George Jefferson — the upwardly mobile but still habitually cranky protagonist of the long-running Norman Lear sitcom The Jeffersons — may have been the most distinctive and memorable African-American comedic character in the history of television. For Hemsley, who passed away yesterday at age 74 in El Paso, Texas, it was a measure of his acting talent that he could make George Jefferson’s irascible, rapid-fire sarcasm seem so authentic and natural. As a 1987 profile …

Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Cosby!

Posted on 07/12/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentBill Cosby, who turns 75 today, was already thinking about the trials of getting older when I first spoke with him nearly 10 years ago. “Things are old,” he told me. “Parts are old. I’m talking about ‘us’ parts. AARP-parts.  Some of us were born with stronger parts than others.” It was a routine visit with his doctor that made Cosby realize just how weak at least one of his parts was—that part being his carotid artery, which was dangerously …