George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor whose credits range from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Y Where is dad? to Just shoot me! Y The Goldbergs, died today in Santa Rosa, CA, of complications from bypass surgery. He was 87 years old.
His wife, Sonia Segal confirmed the news. “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” he said in a statement.
For the past eight years, Segal had been a series regular on the ABC family comedy set in the 1980s. The Goldbergs. The last episode he filmed before his death, episode 16 of the show’s current eighth season, will air on April 7. The series is expected to pay tribute to Segal on air.
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Segal is probably best known for his roles in sitcoms as magazine editor Jack Gallo on NBC. Just shoot me! a role that earned him two Golden Globe nominations, and as family patriarch Albert “Pops” Solomon in The Goldbergs. He also headlined the late 1980s ABC detective drama. Murphy’s law, the 1987 CBS comedy Take five and TV Land sitcom Retired at 35.
But Segal was also nominated for an Oscar for Mike Nichols’ 1966 adaptation of Edward Albee. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – co-starring alongside A-listers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and a leading man in movies. He starred in movies of legends like Stanley Kramer. (Ships of fools, 1965), Sidney Lumet (Goodbye Braverman, 1968), Carl Reiner (Where is dad? 1970), Herbert Ross (The owl and the pussycat, 1970), Paul Mazursky (Blume in love, 1973) and Robert Altman (California Division, 1974).
He also starred in two films by screenwriter / director Melvin Frank: 1973 A touch of class, opposite Glenda Jackson, and 1976 The Duchess and the Muddy Fox, with Goldie Hawn and opposite Barbra Streisand in The mirror has two faces (1996), which he also directed.
Segal’s many other starring roles on the big screen include The Terminal Man, The Black Bird, Fun with Dick and Jane, Russian Roulette, Who’s Killing Europe’s Great Chefs ?, Hour of Darkness Y For the boys.
His early film credits include The Young Doctors (1961) and playing an Army Ranger in The longest day, the 1962 D-Day epic whose ensemble included John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Peter Lawford, Eddie Albert, Rod Steiger, Robert Wagner, Red Buttons, Steve Forrest and a pre-Bond Sean Connery.
Born on February 13, 1934, in Great Neck, New York, Segal did a stint in the military before starting on the small screen, as a guest on shows including Naked City, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Y Arrest and trial.
He also had a handful of Broadway roles, including acting opposite John Lithgow in the 1985 adaptation of Rod Serling. Requiem for a heavyweight and 1999’s Art with Alan Alda, Victor Garbver and Alfred Molina.
Along with his Academy Award nomination, Segal was a five-time Golden Globe nominee and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.