Deadline Hollywood portal and Variety magazine reported the death of the performance legend on Wednesday night. “The family sadly announces that George Segal died this morning of complications after heart surgery,” Segal’s wife, Sonia, said Tuesday.
George Segal was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the sixties and seventies. He reached international fame with the contradictory role of Corporal King in the 1965 film drama, The Rat King, and was most successful the following year with the role of Nick in Nichols’ adaptation of Who Has by Virginia Woolf, of Edward Albee. His role as a young biology professor in his study of the breakup of his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton earned him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
For the next ten years, he played several characters, including the war film Most u Remagenu, which was shot in the summer of 1968 in Czechoslovakia. He also appeared in Ivan Passer’s film Born to Win (1971).
From serious characters, Segal gradually moved into comedy and became a popular representative of tragicomic and romantic roles of adventurous and unfortunate heroes affected by emotional problems. In the early 80s, his star faded a bit, so he started looking for work on television and, as a banjo player, he also performed regularly with his jazz band.
In the mid-1990s, he saw a return to television (Eat Me Eat series or the movie Mage Houdini) and film (Cable Guy or Two Faces of Love) and a return to Broadway cinemas.