George Segal, a legend of TV and film, has died. According to his wife, Sonia, the 87-year-old succumbed to complications from bypass surgery yesterday morning.
In the 1960s and 70s, Segal was often cast for his everyman quality. Directors like Robert Altman, Carl Reiner, and Mike Nichols used him as an unlucky-in-love professional or writer who got in over his head. For instance, in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” he played a college professor who got caught up in an evening of psychological mind games with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for that one.
Segal later took his act to TV. He had a recurring role in “Murphy’s Law,” but was most recently known for playing Albert “Pops” Solomon on “The Goldbergs.”
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