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A man who swings his arms in a distinct walking motion is suspected in the murder of a Marine veteran in the Dallas area in March. Charles Thompson, 57, was shot and killed March 25 at a house in Oak Cliff -- and footage of the suspected gunman has recently been released by police. The station reported there are no known witnesses to the shooting, but some people say they heard gunfire and what sounded like an argument. Thompson, a year Marine veteran and father of six, was battling addiction problems, one of his daughters told FOX4 News.
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Let us now, in our hearts or with our bodies, do a funky little dance, a cocky little walk, in praise and memory of Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson for a dozen years in the s and s -- and in scattered cameos thereafter -- and died Tuesday at age The part preceded Hemsley, but only as an off-camera voice. He was then in his mids. He got at least as good as he gave. I can see you fine from right here. Whatever else is going on around him, you feel, it is good to be George Jefferson. Hemsley cut an album of dance music himself, which is not all that unusual for a television actor. He was a music nerd; I used to see him at my local record store, talking new releases with the clerks.
It's easy for the loud parts of George Jefferson's character to overshadow the quieter, more loving aspects of his nature that made him such a good father and husband on The Jeffersons , the kind of dad who pulls his whole family up, even while his attitude does see him slamming doors every now and again. He was such a memorable character that today he still stands out as one of the best-loved icons from s television. But perhaps the character is best remembered for a certain bounce he brought to the screen through the famous George Jefferson walk, a sort of confident, macho-man stroll that, in an interview with Archive of American Television , Hemsley said he made up on the spot while goofing around in the early days of the show. Apparently, producers kept making Hemsley and co-star Isabel Sanford Louise Jefferson do the scene in the opening credits where they walk from the cab to their new apartment over and over again. They'd done it so many times that Hemsley said after a while, he and Sanford just started goofing around, and that's when producers finally saw the saunter they were looking for: See Also 13 things you might not know about 'The Jeffersons'. I was walking normal for a long time. Then all of a sudden we had done about seven or eight takes, and I said, 'Ugh, how many times are we going to do this? That's certainly the perfect way to describe George Jefferson, so it's no wonder Hemsley made it read so well with just the way he walked. Watch this clip to remember how much attitude Hemsley manages to pack into every step:.