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George Segal Jr.

(1934-02-13)February 13, 1934
Died March 23, 2021(2021-03-23) (aged 87)
Alma mater Columbia University (BA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–2021
  • Marion Sobel
    (m. 1956; div. 1983)
  • Linda Rogoff
    (m. 1983; died 1996)
  • Sonia Schultz Greenbaum
    (m. 1998)
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George Segal Jr. (February 13, 1934 – March 23, 2021) was an American actor.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won two 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.

On television, he was best known for his regular roles in two popular sitcoms, playing Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and Albert "Pops" Solomon on The Goldbergs (2013–2021).

Segal was also an accomplished banjo player. He released three albums and performed with the instrument in several of his acting roles and on late-night television.

Early life

George Segal Jr. was born in New York City, the youngest of four children to Fannie Blanche Segal (née Bodkin) and George Segal Sr., a malt and hop agent. He spent much of his childhood in Great Neck, New York. All four of Segal's grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, and his maternal grandparents changed their surname from Slobodkin to Bodkin.

Segal's family was Jewish, but he was raised in a secular household.

Segal became interested in acting at the age of nine, when he saw Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire. "I knew the revolver and the trench coat were an illusion and I didn't care," said Segal. "I liked the sense of adventure and control." He also started playing the banjo at a young age, later stating: "I started off with the ukulele when I was a kid in Great Neck. A friend had a red Harold Teen model; it won my heart. When I got to high school, I realized you couldn't play in a band with a ukulele, so I moved on to the four-string banjo."

When his father died in 1947, Segal moved to New York City with his mother. He graduated from George School, a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania, in 1951 and attended Haverford College. He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in performing arts and drama. He played banjo at Haverford and also at Columbia, where he played with a dixieland jazz band that had several different names. When he booked a gig, he would bill the group as Bruno Lynch and his Imperial Jazz Band. The group, which later settled on the name Red Onion Jazz Band, played at Segal's first wedding.

Segal served in the United States Army during the Korean War. While there, he played in a band called Corporal Bruno's Sad Sack Six.


After college and the army, Segal eventually studied at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen and got a job as an understudy in the 1956 off-Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh starring Jason Robards. Segal continued to perform on Broadway with roles in Gideon (1961–62) by Paddy Chayefsky, which ran for 236 performances, as well as Rattle of a Simple Man (1963), an adaptation of a British hit, with Tammy Grimes and Edward Woodward.

He was signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1961, making his film debut in The Young Doctors. Segal became popular in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles. After first rising to prominence with roles in acclaimed films such as Ship of Fools (1965) and King Rat (1965), he co-starred in the classic drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

George Segal in Lost Command
Segal in the trailer for Lost Command

Through the next decade and a half, Segal consistently starred in notable films across a variety of genres including The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), Where's Poppa? (1970), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), Blume in Love (1973), A Touch of Class (1973), California Split (1974), The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). He was one of the first American film actors to rise to leading man status with an unchanged Jewish surname, helping pave the way for other major actors of his generation. Later in his career, he appeared in supporting roles in films such as Stick (1985), Look Who's Talking (1989), For the Boys (1991), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), Flirting with Disaster (1996) and 2012 (2009).

In 2017, Segal received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

Personal life and death

Segal was married three times. He married film editor Marion Segal Freed in 1956, who would go on to work as an associate producer or editor on three of his films. They had two daughters and were together until their divorce in 1983. From 1983 until her death in 1996, he was married to Linda Rogoff, a one-time manager of The Pointer Sisters whom he met at Carnegie Hall when he played the banjo with his band the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band. He married his former George School boarding school classmate Sonia Schultz Greenbaum in 1998.

Later in his life, Segal lived part-time in Sonoma County when he was not filming The Goldbergs in Los Angeles.

Segal died of complications from bypass surgery in Santa Rosa, California, on March 23, 2021, at age 87.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1961 The Young Doctors Dr. Howard Phil Karlson
1962 The Longest Day U.S. Army Ranger Ken Annakin
Andrew Marton
Bernhard Wicki
1963 Act One Lester Sweyd Dore Schary
1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter Matt Weaver Richard Wilson
1964 The New Interns Dr. Tony "Shiv" Parelli John Rich Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male
1965 King Rat Corporal King Bryan Forbes
1965 Ship of Fools David Scott Stanley Kramer
1966 Lost Command Lt. Mahidi Mark Robson
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nick Mike Nichols Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1966 The Quiller Memorandum Quiller Michael Anderson
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Peter Gusenberg Roger Corman
1968 Bye Bye Braverman Morroe Rieff Sidney Lumet
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady Morris Brummel Jack Smight Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1968 The Girl Who Couldn't Say No Franco Franco Brusati
1969 The Bridge at Remagen Lieutenant Phil Hartman John Guillermin
1969 The Southern Star Dan Rockland Sidney Hayers
1970 Loving Brooks Wilson Irvin Kershner
1970 Where's Poppa? Gordon Hocheiser Carl Reiner
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat Felix Sherman Herbert Ross
1971 Born to Win J Ivan Passer
1972 The Hot Rock Kelp Peter Yates
1973 Blume in Love Stephen Blume Paul Mazursky
1973 A Touch of Class Steve Blackburn Melvin Frank Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
1974 The Terminal Man Harry Benson Mike Hodges
1974 California Split Bill Denny Robert Altman
1975 Russian Roulette Corporal Timothy Shaver Lou Lombardo
1975 The Black Bird Sam Spade Jr. David Giler Executive producer
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Charlie "Dirtwater Fox" Malloy Melvin Frank
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Dick Harper Ted Kotcheff
1977 Rollercoaster Harry Calder James Goldstone
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Robby Ross Ted Kotcheff
1979 Lost and Found Adam Watson Melvin Frank
1980 The Last Married Couple in America Jeff Thompson Gilbert Cates
1981 Carbon Copy Walter Whitney Michael Schultz
1982 Killing 'em Softly Jimmy Skinner Max Fischer
1985 Stick Barry Braun Burt Reynolds
1988 Run for Your Life Alan Morani Terence Young
1989 Look Who's Talking Albert Amy Heckerling
1989 All's Fair Colonel Rocky Lang
1991 For the Boys Art Silver Mark Rydell
1991 Time of Darkness Grigory Vladimir Alenikov
1992 Me Myself & I Buddy Arnett Pablo Ferro
1992 Un orso chiamato Arturo Billy Sergio Martino
1993 Joshua Tree Lt. Franklin L. Severence Vic Armstrong
1993 Look Who's Talking Now Albert Tom Ropelewski Cameo
1994 Direct Hit James Tronson Joseph Merhi Video
1995 To Die For Conference Speaker Gus Van Sant Uncredited
1995 The Babysitter Bill Holsten Guy Ferland Video
1995 The Feminine Touch Senator "Beau" Ashton Conrad Janis Video
1995 Deep Down Gil John Travers Video
1996 It's My Party Paul Stark Randal Kleiser
1996 Flirting with Disaster Ed Coplin David O. Russell
1996 The Cable Guy Earl Kovacs Ben Stiller
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Henry Fine Barbra Streisand
2005 Heights Rabbi Mendel Chris Terrio
2005 Chutzpuh, This Is? Dr. Dreck Rick Kent Short film
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Albagon Davis Doi Voice, direct-to-video
2007 Three Days to Vegas Dominic Spinuzzi Charlie Picerni
2007 My Wife Is Retarded Julie's father Etan Cohen Short film
2009 2012 Tony Delgatto Roland Emmerich
2009 Made for Each Other Mr. Jacobs Daryl Goldberg
2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis Elliott Klublershturf Skot Bright Short film
2014 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Inbe no Akita Isao Takahata Voice
2014 Elsa & Fred John Michael Radford


Year Title Role Notes
1961–1962 Gideon Purah Broadway
1963 Rattle of a Simple Man Ricard Broadway
1964 The Knack Tolen Off-Broadway
1985 Requiem for a Heavyweight Maish Resnick Broadway
1993 The Fourth Wall Roger Chicago
1998–1999 Art Serge Broadway
2001 Art Serge West End
2007 Heroes Gustave Los Angeles
2007 Prophesy and Honor Col. Sherman Moreland Honolulu
2008 Secret Order Saul Roth Los Angeles


Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Play of the Week Don/Innkeeper 2 episodes
1960–1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre Various 2 episodes
1962 The United States Steel Hour Pete Episode: "The Inner Panic"
1963 Channing Andre Episode: "A Patron Saint for the Cargo Cult"
1963 Naked City Jerry Costell Episode: "Man Without a Skin"
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Larry Duke Episode: "A Nice Touch"
1963–1964 The Doctors and the Nurses Dr. Novak/Dr. Harry Warren 2 episodes
1964 Arrest and Trial Jack Wisner Episode: "He Ran for His Life"
1965-1991 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself 47 episodes
1966 Death of a Salesman Biff Loman Television film
1967 The Desperate Hours Glenn Griffin Television film
1968 Of Mice and Men George Television film
1973 The Lie Andrew Television film
1980 My Friend Winnetou Gottlieb Miniseries
1982 The Deadly Game Howard Trapp Television film
Nominated — CableAce Award for Best Actor in a Theatrical or Non-Musical Program
1983 Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer John Grafton Television film
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Robin Hood Television film
1984 The Cold Room Hugh Martin Television film
1985 Not My Kid Dr. Frank Bower Television film
1986 Many Happy Returns William "Bud" Robinson Television film
1987 Take Five Andy Kooper Series regular
6 episodes
1988–1989 Murphy's Law Daedalus Patrick Murphy Series regular
13 episodes
1989 The Endless Game Mr. Miller Miniseries
2 episodes
1993 Murder, She Wrote Dave Novaro Episode: "Murder at a Discount"
1993 Taking the Heat Kepler Television film
1993–1995 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 Seasons of the Heart Ezra Goldstine Television film
1994 Following Her Heart Harry Television film
1994 High Tide Gordon 7 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Ben Zima Episode: "Who Killed the Starlet?"
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters J.B. Voice, episode: "Curse of the Krumm/Krumm Goes Hollywood"
1995 Picture Windows Ted Varnas Miniseries, episode: "Song of Songs"
1995–1997 The Naked Truth Fred Wilde 4 episodes
1996 The Making of a Hollywood Madam Leo Television film
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Eli Voice, episode: "Compassion"
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Benton C. Quest Voice, 24 episodes
1997 Tracey Takes On... Harry Rosenthal 5 episodes
1997 Caroline in the City Bob Anderson Episode: "Caroline and the Buyer"
1997–2003 Just Shoot Me! Jack Gallo Series regular
148 episodes
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (1998–1999)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (2001)
1998 Houdini Martin Beck Television film
2000 The Linda McCartney Story Lee Eastman Television film
2001 The Zeta Project Dr. Eli Selig Voice, episode: "Absolute Zero"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Roger Tate Episode: "Abomination"
2003 The Electric Piper Mayor Nick Dixon Voice, television film
2005 Fielder's Choice JD Television film
2007 Private Practice Wendell Parker Episode: "In Which Dell Finds His Fight"
2007 The War at Home Sid Episode: "No Weddings and a Funeral"
2007 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Horror Voice, television film
2008 Boston Legal Paul Cruickshank Episode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
2009 Pushing Daisies Roy "Buster" Bustamante Episode: "Window Dressed to Kill"
2009 Entourage Murray Berenson 3 episodes
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Peter Trickell Voice, episode: "Revenge of the Man Crab"
2011–2012 Retired at 35 Alan Robbins Series regular
20 episodes
2012 American Dad! Bernie Voice, episode: "Stan's Best Friend"
2013–2021 The Goldbergs Albert "Pops" Solomon Series regular
185 episodes
2018 The Simpsons Nick Voice, episode: "Heartbreak Hotel"


Year Title Notes
1967 The Yama Yama Man LP
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat LP
Dialogue excerpts from the film performed by Barbra Streisand and George Segal, accompanied by music by Blood, Sweat & Tears
1974 A Touch of Ragtime LP
As George Segal and the Imperial Jazzband
1987 Basin Street LP
Canadian Brass with George Segal

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1966 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
1968 British Academy Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role No Way to Treat a Lady Nominated
1983 CableAce Awards Best Actor in a Theatrical or Non-Musical Program The Deadly Game Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male The New Interns Won
1966 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
1973 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy A Touch of Class Won
1998 Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Just Shoot Me! Nominated
1999 Nominated
1973 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor A Touch of Class Won
1965 Laurel Awards Top New Faces – Male 6th Place
1967 Top Male Supporting Performance Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2001 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Just Shoot Me! Nominated

Other honors

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