George Segal died due to complications from bypass surgery.
The entertainment world lost another gem. George Segal passed away at the age of 87 on 23 March 2021. According to CNN, the actor's death was announced by his wife, Sonia Segal through a statement provided by Sony Television.
"The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," said his wife.
Oscar nominated actor, George Segal, has sadly passed away, aged 87. https://t.co/ZNupJ0isvX— Yours magazine (@yoursmagazine) March 24, 2021
The actor who had an exciting career that spanned more than six decades is known for his impeccable acting skills. His role as a college professor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? got him an Oscar nomination in 1966. According to Variety, he starred in eight seasons of ABC Sitcom The Goldbergs, where he played the Jewish family patriarch Albert "Pops" Solomon.
The actor also acted in numerous films such as A Touch of Class, The Hot Rock, Fun With Dick and Jane. He was a staple of films of the late 1960s and 70s. However, in the 90s, Segal was widely known for his performances on Television.
R.I.P George Segal, who passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Here pictured with Elizabeth in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966). pic.twitter.com/G3Cc62ldiN— best of elizabeth taylor (@bestofliztaylor) March 24, 2021
Segal, a native of Long Island, New York, studied at the Actor's Studio. At the beginning of his career, he appeared on Broadway in shows like Gideon and Rattle of a Simple Man. Later on, he was signed by Columbia Pictures. Subsequently, he landed his first gig in the movie, The Young Doctors.
The first movie was followed by several television appearances. Fortunately, it paved his way to Stanley Kramer’s Ship of Fools. Soon after, Segal's career took off. However, his journey had its ups and downs.
George Segal, Natalie’s costar in The Last Married Couple in America (1980), has passed away. RIP Mr. Segal. pic.twitter.com/oTtc0xwcqW— NatalieWoodScrapbook (@NWScrapbook) March 24, 2021
The 1980s was a slow period for the actor. Luckily, a new generation of directors recognized Segals's skills and cast him in movies such as To Die For, Flirting With Disaster, Entourage, etc.
Many who worked with the prolific actor shared their condolences. "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," said Adam F. Goldberg, the producer of The Goldbergs.
Very sad news: Farewell to the wonderful Oscar-nominee, George Segal, who passed away at 87.— Dame Angela Lansbury News 😷 (@_AngelaLansbury) March 24, 2021
Mr. Segal died on the same day as his Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? co-star Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
R.I.P., sir... pic.twitter.com/j3oRmLS3EY
"Didn't know the last time I saw you would be the last time I'd see you," wrote Wendi McLendon-Covey, who played the role of his daughter in The Goldbergs, Entertainment Weekly.
The actor's longtime manager Abe Hoch released a statement saying, "I am saddened by the fact that my close friend and client of many years has passed away. I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie, and friendship. He was a wonderful human.”