We learned last night that acclaimed character actor George Segal has died following complications from heart bypass surgery, he was 87. Born in New York City in 1934, he began his career in the 1950s, studying at the world renowned Actor’s Studio before getting Broadway roles. Hollywood beckoned, and he soon made his debut on the silver screen in 1961’s The Young Doctors — which paved the way for a long career not only in films and television, returning to his theatrical roots. Some of Segal’s best-loved work includes roles in The Quiller Memorandum, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), The Owl and the Pussycat, California Split, Look Who’s Talking, and Flirting with Disaster, among many others. Segal’s final years had him as a mainstay on television, where he was a series regular in the sitcoms Just Shoot Me! and The Goldbergs. With a down-to-Earth, relatable quality, Segal brought a touch of class and humanity to every role he stepped into.
Celebrate his life by telling us which of his roles was your personal favorite. He was a charming talent who is utterly irreplaceable.