George Segal, veteran TV and film actor who played a grandfather on The Goldbergs, has died at 87. The cause was complications from bypass surgery.
Segal was born in New York and grew up on Long Island. He started performing a magic act when he was 10 and played banjo in jazz bands during college and beyond. He continued with the magic act, saying how it livened up a lackluster musical performance.
His films include war drama King Rat, Sidney Lumet’s Bye Bye Braverman, thriller No Way to Treat a Lady, comedy Where’s Poppa, romantic comedy The Owl and the Pussycat, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, with Elizabeth Taylor, and comedy Fun With Dick and Jane, where he starred alongside Jane Fonda.
Segal’s TV work included Of Mice and Men, where he played George, Death of a Salesman, playing Biff, Just Shoot Me, where he played the magazine publisher, and The Goldbergs, playing Al “Pops” Solomon.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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