Veteran actor and career funnyman George Segal, known for starring on The gold mountains and having appeared in dozens of film roles in the past few decades has sadly passed away. Segal died of bypass surgery in Santa Rosa, California, according to his wife, Sonia. He was 87 years old.
George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 and took an early interest in acting. After graduating from George School boarding school, Segal graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in performing arts and theater. He then served in the US Army, but continued to perform as a banjo player in a band called Corporal Bruno’s Sad Sack Six.
After his military days were behind him, Segal continued to study acting at the Actors Studio and signed with Columbia Pictures in 1961. A natural talent that includes some of his best-known roles from the early years of his career Ship of Fools, King rat, The Valentine’s Day massacre, Flower in love, and California Split. It didn’t take long for him to garner some attention during the awards season as he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Oscar Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won a Best Actor Golden Globe for A touch of class.
Segal also appeared as Matthew Broderick’s father in The cable type and had roles in other films such as 2012, Love & other drugs, and Three days to Vegas. His last film performance was in 2014 in comedy drama Elsa & Fred by director Michael Radford.
On the small screen, Segal is also known for playing Jack Gallo on the David Spade sitcom Just shoot me!. More recently he has appeared as Albert “Pops” Solomon The gold mountains. Creator Adam F. Goldberg has since addressed Segal’s death when he wrote on Twitter, “Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor to be a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I have the perfect person occupied. ” To play pops. Like my grandfather, George was a child with a magical spark at heart. I think these memories say it all … “
Other Hollywood friends of Segal also pay tribute. Michael McKean writes, “George Segal is now gone. A career that has lasted over 50 years because he loved it and was great at it. RIP.”
Ed Asner adds, “George Segal in Where’s Poppa was one of the biggest laughs I’ve ever had in a movie. He was a great actor. Too many posts like that lately. RIP George!”
“Dearest George Segal, thank you for the chance to play your daughter in ‘It’s My Party’. You were just the best and so kind to me. My love to your wife and family. RIP dear, sweet George.”
Segal’s survivors include his wife Sonia, to whom he has been married since 1996. The two were former classmates at the George School boarding school. Segal was previously married to Marion Segal Freed and the couple had two children. Our thoughts go out to all of Segal’s family members and friends at this painful time. Rest in peace. That news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.