American actor George Segal, nominated in 1967 for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “, died Tuesday March 23 in California at the age of 87, Hollywood magazine reported Deadline. The actor died “Complications from a heart bypass operation”, announced his wife Sonia, in a press release to the magazine.
Born February 17, 1934 in a small town in New York State, he made his film debut in the early 1960s and appeared in particular for a small role in ” The longest day “, epic fresco from 1962 on the Normandy landings. His main feats of arms will however come a few years later with “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “, alongside movie giants like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
He will also shoot as a main role under the direction of legendary directors like Stanley Kramer in 1965 in “The nave of the fools”, or Sidney Lumet in 1968 in “Bye Bye Braverman”. Showing more than fifty films until 2010, he received – in addition to his Oscar nomination – the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy in 1974 for “A mistress in the arms, a woman on the back”. George Segal was also known for his roles on television, mainly in sitcoms. Since 2013, he thus played the role of “Pops Solomon” in the series “The Goldbergs”.
“An icon and a legend in the profession”
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of George Segal”, said in a statement Sony Pictures Television which produces “The Goldbergs”. “He was a true icon and legend in the business and was an integral part of our Sony family”.
Tributes were increasing on Twitter. George Segal was “A movie star who captured our attention while always looking like one of us”, tweeted James Gunn who directed for Marvel “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
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“Today we have lost a legend”, tweeted the creator of the series “The Goldbergs”, Adam Goldberg. George Segal was “The perfect person to play Pops”, he adds, “Just like my grandfather, George had kept a child’s heart with a magical spark”. “His talent has left an indelible mark and we are grateful for his laughter and the joy he has given us all”, for his part tweeted the television series on his official account.