'Jeffersons' actor Ned Wertimer dies
January 9th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

'Jeffersons' actor Ned Wertimer dies

Character actor Ned Wertimer, known to fans of "The Jeffersons" as the doorman Ralph Hart, has died, CNN confirms. He was 89.

Wertimer made appearances in a wide variety of classic TV series, including "Mork and Mindy," "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but he's perhaps best known for his work on "The Jeffersons."

Wertimer stayed with the comedy, which portrayed Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as the newly wealthy African-American couple George and Louise Jefferson, for 11 seasons. (Hemsley died in July 2012 at the age of 74, and Sanford died in 2004.)

A rep for Wertimer tells CNN that the actor passed away January 2 from complications stemming from a fall he sustained in his Burbank home in late November.

Throughout his career, the Buffalo, New York native worked extensively on Broadway and appeared in more than 100 TV programs.

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  1. happymoogman

    Who?? What about the guy who played the parking attendent on the show. He died, too. Is there no justice for the dead?

    January 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RIP

    January 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meh

    back when tv was good

    January 10, 2013 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Kebic

    Ralph was very funny as well as the whole cast of "The Jefferson's" – one of the best sitcoms ever! What a cast!!!!!!
    RIP Louise, Ralph and George.

    January 10, 2013 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nathaniel

    Ralph was great for the show! I loved him. That serious tip look always made me laugh. Great man may he rest in peace. God bless his family

    January 10, 2013 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. joyce

    love the show was a great era some espoides dealt with real life issues even today we can learn from r.i.p all those legends from past tv shows and the legends we loss jt recently on tv and in the movies

    January 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. adam in ga

    He did the roll well. Couldnt be done toda. May you rest in peace sir...all the dumb dumbs posting irrelevant comments. If you ever are important enough for an obituary hope the same is done in your name...

    January 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. B

    'The Jeffersons' is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, and Ralph's constant pandering for tips from George was just one of the many things that makes the show timelessly hilarious.

    May Ned Wertimer rest in peace.

    January 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Genisis

    He was a GREAT actor ! R.I.P : )

    January 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jorge

    So I guess Florence is the only one of the regular cast that is left... Unless you count Lionel and Jenny but they were really more All in the Family regulars.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BostonSteve

    Great show.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |


    January 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GOTCHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. daddymack

    i loved when he did that lil dance at the start of the show. Very funny rip

    January 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ring, ooopS hangup


    January 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Hey rip ijoy it all

    Love is always there

    January 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jj

    wonder if the hudson brothers were in on it too...geeze all of you rip

    January 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. blanketjackson


    January 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sanford was gay

    geeze. what a day.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Meki60

    Sanford was gross

    January 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. nancyrenay

    Rip loved him

    January 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Gary T.

    Ralph with his hand extended.... Great television!!

    January 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RIP

    why would u do that? this is not about me...this is about your dysfunction...you bloggers are so immature...
    i can't stand most of you.

    January 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Is this what it is?

    he better stay in that bathroom until god calls him.....what a maroon...

    January 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Michael

    Once they take a fall at that age, it seems like it is the first sign of the grim reaper coming soon. RIP Sir and thanks for the laughs.

    January 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. martin show.

    i want her ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt of our personal lives..


    January 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Barbarajean martin

    My deeped on his passing

    January 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. this person CANNOT BE TRUSTED...

    in all lines, cuts off conversations and is a disturbance we need to look at her as person of interest....

    January 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  29. marianne...

    your writing sucks..its all the same sh-t...

    January 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jesus Harvey Christ

    I have returned.

    January 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  31. you give people changes..even no good piglets...

    and they never follow through..they are always crying for attention and offer nothing.

    January 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Your try to be nice and hope for the best

    and they just die and you lose hope -

    January 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Marianne

    all there, clicks and cuts lines off in the middle of conversations...RIP

    January 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Liar

    don't call people stupid...how's are the hard drives doing....mothers computer is blocked fix it...

    January 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  35. warren

    why do people always write stupid it!

    January 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. did you call me a black housekeeper?

    as you can see i am not black from your computer screen...we have blacks wh0 are doctors and lawyers. this is 2013...

    January 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. We have racists on these blogs

    the jeffersons was a very funny show and people did not appreciate it because these people were black and whites have a tendency even today to look down upon blacks.

    January 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah sure

      Oh that makes sense given the show was resoundingly so popular for over a decade while being on the air 30 years ago...give me a break.

      January 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. she is in all the phones...

    we have others...

    January 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Still there... proceed...

    until target is named... thanks. can't be nice...proceed.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mike

    I loved the house keeper keeping George in check.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  41. enuff with the games....

    its great writing but its the same thing. i have a right to an opini0n.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  42. 1 Problem...

    its still the same story, 7,489,272 times....its written well but its still the same personal problems this blogger is having turned into the storyline of a show....are you the one that cannot find your boyfriend since august?

    January 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. send her to the south of france...

    forever...thank you.

    January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. the poor wife

    can't figure out whats real or fake anymore...

    January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  46. No Not Every

    he has soooooooooo many other ways now

    January 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shikabane Hime

    My condolences to his family. Seemed like he was in EVERY 1970's sitcom there was.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  48. RIP.

    the jeffersons was a hysterical show...i still laugh at the beginning of the show when george and his wife get out of the car strutting to the elevator to head to his apartment in the sky.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  49. Conversation are not significant

    because we make sure they are not...duh...what planet are you on...

    January 9, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |

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