Hemsley is best known for playing wise-cracking George Jefferson on All in the Family and his own series The Jeffersons.
The George Jefferson character proved so popular that he later reprised the role for guest appearances on the 1980s series E/R, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and House of Payne.
Digital Spy presents a collection of celebrity reactions to the passing of Sherman Hemsley:
Jackée Harry: "RIP To My Longtime Friend & Comedic LEGEND, Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. #NeverToBeForgotten."
Nicki Minaj: "Wow. Sending LOVE"
Russell Simmons : "RIP Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. rest peacefully in the de-luxe apartment in the sky.."
Jesse Williams: "Sherman Hemsley - George Jefferson: Two of the baddest names in the business. RIP"
Deion Sanders: "God bless Sherman Hemsley BKA George Jefferson. He's gone to be with the Lord. He made me dream I could move on up. Truth"
Kyla Pratt: "R.I.P Sherman Hemsley"
Richard Roeper: "Sherman Hemsley seemed like he was 50 for about 30 years. He was in his early 30s when he started playing George Jefferson."
BET: "#RIPShermanHemsley aka George Jefferson -- movin' on up at the age of 74"
Waka Flocka Flame: "RIP Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson"
Donald Faison: "RIP Sherman Hemsley."
Terrell Owens: "RIP Sherman Hemsley!! I grew up watching the Jeffersons as many of us did & he along w/that cast will be one to be remembered."
Questlove: "Sherman Hemsley you'l be missed"
Perez Hilton: "Sherman Hemsley Has Passed Away :-("
MC Hammer: "It was an Honour to know and work with you. Thanks for all the laughs :) RIP Sherman"George Jefferson"Hemsley one of the greatest !!!"
Frank Caliendo : "RIP Sherman Hemsley,who brilliantly played George Jefferson on "The Jeffersons".Im sure he's now in the ultimate deluxe apartment in the sky"
Bootsy Collins: "Man We lost Another One That Kept Up Cracking Up Through Some Tuff Times. Mr. Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson..."
Hal Sparks: "Sad to hear that Sherman Hemsley passed.. I have many great memories of watching the Jeffersons at my grandmas apt. #thanksforthelaughter"