The world of cinema is in mourning. On Tuesday March 23, George Segal passed away at the age of 87, reports the American magazine Deadline. His wife Sonia said the actor nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his character Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf died “of complications from heart bypass surgery.” Sad news for the world of cinema, especially American, of which he was one of the most popular actors for several decades.
Born on February 13, 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, an epic 1962 fresco on the Landing of Normandy. However, it was in the 1970s that his career boomed, when he played Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He then went on to play the main roles, as in La Nef des fous by Stanley Kramer, released in 1965, then in Bye Bye Braverman by Sydney Lumet, in 1968.
George Segal was Pops Solomon in The Goldbergs
On the screen of more than fifty films until 2010, among the most famous Hello mom, here baby, Ready for everything, 2012 or Love, and other drugs, he will receive – 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 played the role of Pops Solomon in The Goldbergs, a series produced by Adam F. Goldberg. “Today, we have lost a legend. It was a real honor to be a small part of the incredible legacy of George Segal, reacted the producer on Twitter. (…) I chose the person great for playing pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a child at heart with a magical spark. I think those memories say it all … “
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. I think these memories say it all … pic.twitter.com/D1aNZuT20e
– Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) March 24, 2021
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