Ned Wertimer, The Jeffersons Star, Dies at 89

Celebrity News Jan. 9, 2013 AT 12:40PM
Ned Wertimer, ca.1985. Ned Wertimer, ca.1985. Credit: Tribune/Getty Images

Character actor Ned Wertimer died on Jan. 2. He was 89.

Wertimer's longtime manager, Brad Lemack, shared the news of his passing on Tuesday, Jan. 7 with The Associated Press. The actor died at a nursing home outside Los Angeles, following a bad fall at his home in November.

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He was best known for playing Ralph Hart the doorman on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons during Season 11. Starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford, the beloved sitcom was a spinoff series from All In the Family, and Wertimer's character was introduced on the show in 1975.

The Jeffersons 1980
The Jeffersons 1980
Credit: Michael Ochs Archives

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Wertimer, who was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and was a Navy pilot during World War II, had over 100 TV credits including Gunsmoke, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Mork & Mindy. The star also appeared in many big screen roles including Mame in 1974, The Pack in 1977 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007.

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He is survived by his wife Skyne, a sister-in-law, a niece and three nephews.

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