George, the Oscar-nominated actor who sparred with Richard in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” romanced in “A Touch of Class” and won laughs in the TV sitcom “The Goldbergs,” has died at the age of 87, his wife said on Tuesday.
“The family is devastated to announce that this morning Georgepassed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” said in a statement to entertainment outlets and Deadline Hollywood. Charming and witty, excelled in dramatic and comedic roles and had a life-long passion for the banjo. He performed at Carnegie Hall in 1981 with his group, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band.
Segal’s acting career began on thestage 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 corporal in a prisoner-of-war camp in “King Rat” in 1965. Two years later he earned an nomination as best supporting actor in the harrowing, marital drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” with and Taylor.
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