One of the greatest actors of his generation, George Segal, of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goldbergs fame, has passed away at the age of 78-years-old. Rest in peace.
George Segal – King Of Versatility
Born in Long Island, New York, actor George Segal first started his acting work by appearing on both Broadway and TV. A man of true talents, he appeared in everything from comedies to dramas. Eventually, Segal moved on to films, earning an Oscar nomination for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. Through the years, the actor has managed to stay relevant. Most recently, in 2013, Segal earned the role of Jewish family patriarch Albert’ Pops’ Solomon on The Goldbergs, one of his most prominent roles to date. He was still on the show at the time of his passing.
Segal’s wife, Sonia Schultz Greenbaum, announced the sad news. “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” she wrote in a statement. Not long after, The Goldbergs producer and creator Adam F. Goldberg responded on Twitter. “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,” he wrote. “Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark.” Not long after, Segal’s agent, Abe Hoch, also commented on his broken heart. “I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human,” he stated.
Of course, these only started the avalanche of heartfelt responses and goodbyes…
Of course, after those who worked with or loved Segal every day spoke their hearts, celebrities also had something to say. Barbra Streisand, who worked with the actor on the romantic comedy The Owl and the Pussycat, fondly remembered her co-star. “So sorry to hear about George Segal’s passing. We had such fun making Owl and the Pussycat. May he Rest In Peace…”
Soon enough, actors and actresses from all over were remembering Segal! “My personal favorite George Segal movie is ‘The Hot Rock’,'” tweeted Ben Stiller. “What a career. What a nice man, what an iconic cool funny 70’s movie star. #RIP.” Melissa Joan Hart, who had a chance to work with Segal several times, noted that he was always a dream to work with. “Shocked and saddened to hear of #GeorgeSegal passing away! From being on set of #JustShootMe to directing him on #Goldbergs, he was a true gem and great man. He will be missed!” she wrote on social media.
But, as you might imagine, the most heartfelt tributes came from his Goldbergs co-stars…
The Goldbergs Remember George Segal
For fans, it feels hard to imagine what The Goldbergs will look like without Segal. Currently, all they know is that his final episode will air on April 7, 2021. The loss has been even harder for his co-stars on the beloved sitcom. “My heart is broken. I lost a dear friend. Working with George was an honor and some of the happiest moments of my life,” actor Sean Giambrone, Adam on the show, wrote. “What a sweet & wonderful man. He was my confidant & teacher. When he smiled it changed my day. I wish everyone could have met him. Prayers are with the family.”
Meanwhile, actress Wendi McLendon-Covey could simply not understand. “Didn’t know the last time I saw you would be the last time I’d see you,” she wrote on Twitter. However, it might have been actor Troy Gentile, Barry on The Goldbergs, who put it best: “The world lost an incredible person today. Love you with all my heart George. I am just grateful that you knew my name. Rest in Paradise Legend.”
Rest in peace, George Segal. We will never forget you through your incredible work.