The actor George Segal died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California, at 87, due to complications from bypass surgery. Segal began entertaining at the age of 8, performing magic tricks for neighborhood children. His first starring performance came in “King Rat” as a nefarious inmate at a Japanese prison camp during World War II. He was best known as a comic actor, becoming one of the screen’s biggest stars in the 1970s. However, his most famous role was in a harrowing drama, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He was nominated for an Oscar. To younger audiences, he was better known for playing magazine publisher Jack Gallo on the long-running NBC series “Just Shoot Me” from 1997 to 2003, and as grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon on the “The Goldbergs” since 2013. “Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy,” said “Goldbergs” creator Adam Goldberg. Later, Segal turned to television and starred in two failed series, “Take Five” and “Murphy’s Law.” “Doing scenes with him was one of the highlights of my life, but getting to know him a little and making the legend laugh was even cooler,” one of his partners, series co-star Brian Posehn, said Tuesday paying tribute.
Segal played the banjo for fun. He performed with his own Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.