The beloved actor’s credits range from ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ to the NBC sitcom ‘Just Shoot Me!’
George Segal, Oscar-nominated actor and beloved star of sitcoms Just shoot me! Y The Goldbergs, died Tuesday at the age of 87 after complications from bypass surgery.
Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, New York, and served in the military before becoming an actor in the early 1960s. His first role in a movie came in 1961. The Young Doctors with I am gazzara, but it wasn’t until 1965 that he had his first major role in Rat king, followed by Stanley krameracclaimed drama Ship of fools.
Segal would soon earn an Oscar nomination for his supporting role alongside Elizabeth taylor, Richard burton Y Sandy Dennis in Mike nichols‘1966 adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The decade would also seem to him to play Biff and George, respectively, in the television movie adaptations of Death of a seller Y Of mice and men.
The actor then took a step forward in the ’70s, starring Where is dad?, The owl and the pussycat Y Blume in love, as well as Peter yates‘ The hot rock (opposite Robert Redford) Y Robert Altman‘s California Division, which paired it with Elliott gould, with whom he shared a certain Jewish charm and intellect on screen.
The ’80s saw Segal star in a television movie series as well as the ABC detective drama. Murphy’s law, and I was just a kid when I first saw Segal in Look who’s talking, in which he plays Baby Mikey’s sordid biological father (Bruce Willis).
By the 1990s, Segal had come to be appreciated as a character actor, working with top directors on such films as Die for (Gus Van Sant), Flirting with disaster (David O. Russell), The cable boy (Ben stiller) Y The mirror has two faces (Barbara streisand).
His career got a big boost with the 1997 release of the NBC sitcom. Just shoot me!, which saw him playing the owner and editor of a fictitious fashion magazine. The show surrounded Segal with a murderous cast that included Laura San Giacomo, David spade, Wendie malick Y Enrico Colantoni. The show ran for seven seasons and nearly 150 episodes and earned Segal a pair of Golden Globe nominations.
For the past eight years, Segal had been a regular on the ABC family sitcom. The Goldbergs, in which he played ‘Pops’, the father of Wendi McLendon-Coveycharacter. Its latest episode will air on April 7, and the series is expected to pay tribute to Segal on air.
Segal has a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and I hope he will be honored at the Oscars next month, as he certainly deserves to be included in the In Memoriam portion of the ceremony. I’ve been a loyal fan of The Goldbergs Since its inception, it is the only sitcom on the net that I see, and I will miss its lines as Pops. My heart goes out to his royal family and his comedy family, and I look forward to catching up on some of his’ 70s gems that I missed, including the thriller. Roller coaster, that sounds like fun. BREAK
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