George Segal who was an incredible actor with a career span of more than six decades, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, according to his wife.
Segal was born on February 17,1934, in a small town in the state of New York. He majored in acting and played some early roles in Broadway theater productions. His first major film appearance was in The Young Doctors (1961), followed by The Longest Day (1962), both of which depicted the Allied landing in Normandy during WWII.
George Segal died at the age of 87:
Segal, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1966 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, died of complications from bypass surgery in Santa Rosa, California, his wife told the Hollywood news publication Deadline on Tuesday.
He starred alongside two of the era’s biggest stars, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, as a young professor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Segal received a Golden Globe for his performance with Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class (1973).
On television, Segal was known for his roles in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!(1997-2003) and later The Goldbergs, which premiered in 2013 and is still airing.
“We lost a legend today,” series producer Adam Goldberg tweeted. “It was an honor to have worked with George Segal and be a part of his legacy. By chance, I ended up casting the right person to play Pops. George, like my grandfather, had the heart of a child with a magical spark.”
Segal’s co-star on the show, Wendi McLendon-Covey, paid tribute to her co-star by posting a picture of the two of them together online.
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— Wendi McLendon-Covey (@wendimclendonco) March 24, 2021
Sean Giambrone, who portrays Adam on the show, said the news “broke his heart.”
My heart is broken. I lost a dear friend. Working with George was an honor and some of the happiest moments of my life. What a sweet & wonderful man. He was my confidant & teacher. When he smiled it changed my day. I wish everyone could have met him. Prayers are with the family. pic.twitter.com/fp8WvwdOdv
— Sean Giambrone (@seangiambrone1) March 24, 2021
In 2017, the actor was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for his warm portrayal of everyman characters.
“I strive to find humor and irony in whatever character I’m playing because I think of myself as a comedian actor” Segal told filmtalk in 2016. “By not taking drama too seriously, it becomes a lot more enjoyable for me.”
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