Actor George Segal has died at 87

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Actor George Segal has died at 87


George Segal, the banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for the years 1966 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and starred in the ABC sitcom Les Goldberg, died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Calif., his wife said. He was 87 years old.
“The family is devastated to announce that this morning, George Segal passed away from bypass surgery,” Sonia Segal said in a statement.

Hailing from Great Neck, NY, Segal has always been best known as a comic book actor, but his most famous role was in a heartbreaking drama, 1966. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The entire cast of the film, based on the acclaimed play by Edward Albee, has been nominated for Oscars: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for lead roles, Sandy Dennis and Segal for supporting performances. Women won Oscars, men didn’t.

Segal also won two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film for his role in A touch of class.

To a younger audience, he was best known for playing magazine editor Jack Gallo on the longtime NBC series. Shoot me from 1997 to 2003, and as grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon on the Les Goldberg since 2013.

NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me cast, left to right: David Spade, Wendie Malick and Segal, in December 2001. (Jim Ruymen / Reuters)

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