George Segal, who was known for playing dramatic and romantic roles, died on Tuesday due to complications from bypass surgery. The actor was 87-years-old. He is popularly known for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Where's Pappa? to his popular TV sitcom 'The Goldbergs'. George began his acting career on the NYC stage and Television in the early 1960s. He later moved into films, and was part of many. He is also known for playing an artist in the drama Ship of Fools and a scheming, wily American corporal in a World War Two prisoner-of-war camp in King Rat in 1965. Two years later, George was nominated as Best Supporting actor for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Fans and family are deeply saddened by his death.
George Segal's wife, Sonia Segal confirmed the news of his passing and said, "The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery."
Adam F. Goldberg took to his Twitter page and wrote, "Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal's amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark." For the uninitiated, George played Albert Pops Solomon in the hit comedy series The Goldbergs. Bell Stiller tweeted, "My personal favourite George Segal movie is 'The Hot Rock'. What a career. What a nice man, what an iconic cool funny 70's movie star." Sean O' Connor also paid tribute to the actor.
His long-time manager Abe Hoch said in a statement that he would miss his friend's warmth, humour, camaraderie and friendship. He added that George was a wonderful human.