We mourn the loss of an acting legend who has entertained the masses for decades with the passing of actor George Segal at age 87.
His wife broke the news of his March 23rd death. "The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," Sonia Segal said in a statement provided by Sony Television.
The actor, born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, on February 13, 1934, started his career on the stage after a stint in the military, broke into film in 1960, and never looked back. His enthusiasm on set and pure love for the work helped him amass a prolific career of 126 acting credits (per IMDb) that spans six decades and boasts an awards resume comprised of 5 wins and 10 nominations. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and took home 2 of the 5 Golden Globes he was nominated for, receiving trophies for Most Promising Newcomer - Male for 1964's The New Interns and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for 1973's A Touch of Class.
Segal frequented television screens throughout his career and endeared himself to sitcom fans during his time as a series regular playing brass magazine publisher Jack Gallo on NBC's Just Shoot Me! from 1997-2003. We, like so many others, hold George Segal near and dear to our hearts thanks to his hilarious and heartwarming turn as Albert "Pops" Solomon on THE GOLDBERGS, which started in 2013, boasts 182 episodes to date, and is in the midst of its eighth season on ABC. We've enjoyed the legacy of his work as the Jewish family patriarch on the semi-autobiographical series based on the life of producer Adam F. Goldberg. We've been thankful to count the show among our local syndicated programming roster for years here in Milwaukee. His co-stars were among the countless outlets and individuals who took to social media to share their respects and stories about the endearing performer.
The legend of the business will be missed dearly by all. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the cast and crew at THE GOLDBERGS.