PASSINGS: Ned Wertimer

Ned Wertimer, 89, an actor who played Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died Jan. 2 at a Valley Village nursing home of complications from a fall at his Burbank home in November, said his manager, Brad Lemack.

Wertimer had dozens of guest-starring roles on TV series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including “McMillan and Wife,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

But he was best known as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on “The Jeffersons,” the “All In the Family” spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 27, 1923, Wertimer was a Navy pilot during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also appeared in student theatrical productions.


He chose to pursue acting rather than a business career and won stage roles in New York City before segueing to television.

Sherman Hemsley, the star of “The Jeffersons,” died July 24.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports


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