Actor George Segal has died at 87 from surgery, his wife says

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Actor George Segal has died at 87 from surgery, his wife says


George Segal, the prolific actor with a career spanning more than six decades, has died at 87, his wife said on Tuesday.

“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away from bypass surgery,” Sonia Segal said in a statement provided by Sony Television.

Segal was originally from Long Island, New York and his acting credits range from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” In 1966, for which he received an Oscar nomination and “A Touch of Class” in 1973.

In the 1970s, he often played ironic leading men in films such as “The Duchess and the Water Fox” and “Have Fun with Dick and Jane”. By the 90s Segal was increasingly well known for his television roles, most notably as the owner of somewhat silly fashion magazine Jack Gallo in “Just Shoot Me!” ”

In 2013, producer Adam F. Goldberg chose Segal as the patriarch of the Jewish family Albert “Pops” Salomon in his semi-autobiographical series, “The Goldbergs”.

“By sheer fate, I ended up choosing the perfect person to play Pops”, Goldberg said on twitter Tuesday. “Like my grandfather, George was a child at heart with a magical spark. ”

His agent, Abe Hoch, described Segal as his close friend and client.

“I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human, ”he said in a statement provided by Sony.

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