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24th Mar 2021

Oscar-nominated actor George Segal dies aged 87

Danny Jones

The seasoned Hollywood veteran died after complications following heart surgery.

The legendary actor, George Segal, has died aged 87. He starred in hit films such as Killing ’em Softly, Look Who’s Talking Now, Just Shoot Me! and countless other projects on the silver and small screen.

Even if you can’t quite place his films off the top of your head, he’s a face almost everyone will recognise from somewhere. He wasn’t just a seasoned veteran and journeyman though, Segal received Oscar nominations, won two Golden Globes and a number of other awards for stage acting.

The news was announced in a statement by his wife, Sonia: “The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery.”

To younger audiences, he might be most recognisable as “Pops” in the TV show, The Goldbergs, but arguably his most notable role was in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – a black comedy that began on stage and was adapted into a film. The performance secured him critical acclaim along with his wider popularity.

He appeared in over 40 movies, over 50 TV shows and nine stage productions. To say he had a career would be putting it mildly: he did more than most and is a notable loss to the industry.