The great George Segal has passed away at the age of 87. The cause of death is being reported as complications from heart bypass surgery. Segal was one of those actors who was a joy to watch on screen, who lit it up as soon as they appeared – be that on film or television. He hard a kinetic energy, a neuroticism which had a special sort of electric charge.
Segal’s peak was in the 1960s and 1970s starring in a variety of films including: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf (which one him an Oscar nomination), The Owl And The Pussycat, King Rat, Born To Win, The Hot Rock, Blume in Love, A Touch Of Class, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, Fun With Dick And Jane, The Terminal Man, California Split, Rollercoaster – and many, many more.
In the 1980s Segal segued into TV starring in Murphy’s Law (1988-1989) then roles in Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and The Goldbergs (2013–2021). His last episode in that show will air on 7 April 2021.
That’s another great actor gone to the screening room in the sky.
George Segal February 13, 1934 – March 23, 2021.