The sad news has come in today that George Segal has passed away at the age of eighty-seven, a statement from his family has confirmed.
And fans and former colleagues from all around the world have been left both shocked and saddened by this sudden loss.
Tributes have come pouring in.
So sad about the loss of George Segal. I grew up loving his films, from “Where’s Poppa?” to Sidney Lumet’s “Bye Bye Braverman,” to “The Hot Rock.” I got to work with him several times. This was last year at lunch. My deep sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/HgQ6Z63kXO— bob saget (@bobsaget) March 24, 2021
George Segal was the last surviving cast member of Mike Nichols's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which was just one highlight of a long, varied, interesting career. He was a favorite of Nichols, who also cast him in the play The Knack, and it was an honor to interview him. RIP.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 24, 2021
This tribute episode for Pops on the Goldbergs is gonna hurt like a bitch 😭 Rest In Peace George Segal , you were truly a legend, and Pops will always be my favorite character on the Goldberg’s, he was so hilarious and witty. Fly high George ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RoDZ7vAdIL— !Megan! (she/her) (@morethanpilots) March 24, 2021
George Segal has gone now. A career that kept going for 50+ because he loved it and he was great at it. RIP— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) March 24, 2021
So beyond sad and heartbroken to say goodbye to my film dad, the late, great #GeorgeSegal - I was so starstruck on set. To my surprise he not only let me ask him about all of his incredible experiences but indulged me in stories I could have never possibly imagined. RIP 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LcIeOXof1c— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 24, 2021
So sad to hear that George Segal passed. He starred with Robert Redford in one of my all time favorite underrated heist films, The Hot Rock. If you haven’t seen it before (well, even if you have!) and are looking for a George Segal movie to watch tonight, I highly recommend it. pic.twitter.com/MouFm6Aj76— Kate Gabrielle (@kategabrielle) March 24, 2021
George Segal was in so many great movies, but my personal favorite was the hilarious Flirting with Disaster. RIP to a king. pic.twitter.com/9kQx8gCAh1— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) March 24, 2021
We've lost another acting legend. R.I.P. American actor George Segal. He was 87 years old. pic.twitter.com/3y55mrTxKG— Saturday Night At The Movies (@TVandFilmExpert) March 24, 2021
I was in a writers room once about 20 years ago and George Segal suddenly walked in and said “Are these the writers? I want to meet the writers!” He shook hands with all of us and then left. RIP.— David A. Goodman (@DavidAGoodman) March 24, 2021
I loved George Segal in many movies (especially "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?", "For the Boys" and "Flirting With Disaster"), but I will remember him most as Felix Sherman in THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT.— Paul Katz ☥ 🏳️🌈 (@PaulKatz9) March 24, 2021
Farewell, sir. pic.twitter.com/j4iyguj5vZ
Now, George Segal first gained popularity in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles.
Some of his most acclaimed roles were in films such as Ship of Fools (1965), King Rat (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), Where's Poppa? (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), Blume in Love (1973), and A Touch of Class (1973).
The New York City-born actor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?...
And he won 2 Golden Globe Awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in A Touch of Class.
And when it came to television, Segal was best known for his roles as Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003)...
And, of course, as Albert "Pops" Solomon on The Goldbergs (2013–2021).
He was one of the first American film actors to rise to leading man status with an unchanged Jewish surname...
Thus helping to pave the way for artists such as Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.
So, all in all...
George Segal was a very well-respected and very much loved actor in Hollywood.
Which is what makes today's news all the more heartbreaking.
Segal's wife, Sonia, has confirmed to Deadline that he sadly passed away on March 23rd.
The family has been left shocked by this sudden passing.
"The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," Ms. Segal said.
Segal underwent the heart surgery earlier this week...
And the details surrounding the complications are currently unknown.
Rest in Peace, George Segal.
I literally googled him yesterday because I saw he was in a new series. And he died today. RIP George, you had a stellar career. 😢 pic.twitter.com/fR44TBFubN— 🌊 sassy-redhead-says-what? 🐞🦉 (@redheadb3) March 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.