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Hollywood actor George Segal dies at age 87 due to complications from surgery

He was known for his roles in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, A Touch Of Class, The Goldbergs and Just Shoot Me.

Hollywood actor George Segal dies at age 87 due to complications from surgery

Actor George Segal attends the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

George Segal, the Oscar-nominated actor who sparred with Richard Burton in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, romanced Glenda Jackson in A Touch Of Class and won laughs as Pops in the TV sitcom The Goldbergs, has died at the age of 87, his wife Sonia said on Tuesday (Mar 23).

“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” Sonia Segal said in a statement to entertainment outlets Variety and Deadline Hollywood.

Charming and witty, Segal excelled in dramatic and comedic roles and had a life-long passion for the banjo. He performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1981 with his group, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.

Segal's acting career began on the New York stage and television in the early 1960s. He quickly moved into films, playing an artist in the star-studded ensemble drama Ship Of Fools and a scheming, wily American corporal in a World War Two prisoner-of-war camp in King Rat in 1965.

Two years later he earned an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor in the harrowing, marital drama Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? with Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

He was also known for playing magazine publisher Jack Gallo on sitcom Just Shoot Me from 1997 to 2003.

“Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy," said Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg on Twitter. “By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark.”

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr