George Segal, Goldbergs and Just Shoot Me star, dies aged 87

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
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Oscar-nominated actor George Segal has died at the age of 87, his wife Sonia confirmed on Tuesday.

Best know for his roles in Just Shoot Me and The Goldbergs, George passed away due to complications from bypass surgery. 

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Goldbergs star George Segal has passed away. Photo: ABC via Getty Images

“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, shared by Variety and Deadline Hollywood.

The last episode of the 1980s family comedy The Goldbergs filmed before his death is set to air April 7. The series is expected to pay tribute to George when it airs.

Adam F. Goldberg, the show’s creator, paid tribute to the star on Twitter.

"Today we lost a legend," he wrote. "It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. 

"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."

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The Goldbergs last episode to feature George is set to air April 7. Photo: ABC via Getty Images

His 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.

Actor George Segal, right, poses with his wife Sonia during a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Actor George Segal poses with his wife Sonia during a ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo: AP

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 a five-time Golden Globe nominee and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2017.

George also 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.

With reporting by Reuters.

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