George Segal (pictured in 2011), the Oscar nominated actor who quarreled with Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died aged 87.
George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor who quarreled with Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, romanticized Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class and was laughed at on TV sitcom The Goldbergs, has died at age 87, said his wife Sonia. Tuesday.
“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away from bypass surgery,” Sonia Segal said in a statement to Variety and Deadline Hollywood entertainment media.
Charming and witty, Segal excelled in dramatic and comedic roles and had a long-standing passion for the banjo.
Segal’s acting career began on the New York scene and on television in the early 1960s.
He quickly turned to film, playing an artist in the star-studded ensemble drama Ship of Fools and an intriguing and cunning American corporal in a WWII POW camp in King Rat in 1965.
Hailing from Great Neck, New York, Segal’s most famous role was in a heartbreaking 1966 drama 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 Burton for lead roles, Sandy Dennis and Segal for supporting performances. Women won Oscars, men didn’t.
“Elizabeth and Richard were the King and Queen of the world at that time and there was a lot of buzz about it,” Segal told The Daily Beast in 2016.
“For me, there was great satisfaction in being involved.
To a younger audience, he was best known for playing magazine editor Jack Gallo on longtime NBC series Just Shoot Me from 1997 to 2003, and as grandfather Albert ‘Pops’ Solomon on The Goldbergs (top right) since 2013
To a younger audience, he was best known for playing magazine editor Jack Gallo on longtime NBC series Just Shoot Me from 1997 to 2003, and as grandfather Albert ‘Pops’ Solomon on The Goldbergs since 2013.
He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1981 with his group, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.
Tributes started pouring in for Segal, with some remembering him as a ‘real gem’ and a ‘legend’.
“Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of #GeorgeSegal! From being on the set of #JustShootMe to directing it on #Goldbergs, he was a true gem and a great man. We will miss him!’ Actress Melissa Joan Hart shared on Instagram.
Adam F. Goldberg, director of The Goldbergs, based on his childhood, tweeted: “Today we have lost a legend. It was a real honor to be a small part of George Segal’s incredible legacy.
“By sheer fate, I ended up choosing the perfect person to play Pops. Like my grandfather, George was a child at heart with a magical spark.
Longtime Segal manager Abe Hoch said in a statement that he would miss his friend’s warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human ”.
Goldbergs actress Wendi McLendon-Covey shared a photo of herself hugging Segal with the caption: “Grateful.”
Actress Morgan Fairchild tweeted, “Sorry to hear of the wonderful George Segal passing away! We did The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood together and I got into Just Shoot Me. One of a kind and always a joy! ‘
Another shared: “George Segal is gone now. A career that lasted over 50 years because he loved it and was great. REST IN PEACE.’
Segal is survived by his wife, Sonia, and his two daughters, Polly and Elizabeth.
Segal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
Hailing from Great Neck, New York, Segal’s most famous role (left) was in a heartbreaking 1966 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Tributes started pouring in for Segal, with some remembering him as a ‘real gem’ and a ‘legend’