The famed drama saw him play the character Nick opposite screen legends, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor won an Oscar for her performance as did co-star Sandy Dennis. Like Segal, Burton was nominated.
The actor’s final episode of “The Goldbergs” will air on April 7. An on-air tribute is also expected. In the sitcom, he played Albert “Pops” Solomon, a grandfather to three children in the 1980s.
In a statement provided to Fox News, ABC paid tribute to the actor.
“For eight years, George Segal made us laugh as Pops on ‘The Goldbergs,’ but his legacy in the entertainment world spans decades. His talent has left an indelible mark and we’re grateful for the laughter and joy he has given us all,” the network said. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife, Sonia, and his family during this difficult time.”
A team from “The Goldbergs” also provided a statement to Fox News.
“On behalf of everyone at the Goldberg’s we are devastated at the loss of our dear friend, George. He was kind, sweet, beyond talented and funny. George was the true epitome of class and he touched all of our lives so deeply,” they said. “It was an honor and a privilege to have him as a colleague and friend all of these years. It is no surprise to any of us that knew him so well that he is a true national treasure. He will be missed by all. POPS, we will miss your banjo playing and your infectious laugh. Rest in peace.”
Among his other notable roles were his Golden Globe-winning performance as Steve Blackburn in “A Touch of Class,” as well as the role of Jack Gallo in “Just Shoot Me!” and his breakout performance as Dr. Tony ‘Shiv’ Parelli in 1964’s “The New Interns.”
Segal was also known for appearing in films directed by legends like Robert Altman in “California Split,” Sidney Lumet in “Bye Bye Braverman,” Carl Reiner in “Where’s Poppa,” Herbert Ross in “The Owl and the Pussycat” and Paul Mazursky in “Blume in Love.”
As for the small screen, he’s appeared on high-profile television shows like “Private Practice,” “Entourage,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Boston Legal.” In addition, he did several productions on Broadway, among them, “Requiem for a Heavyweight” alongside John Lithgow.
According to IMDb, Segal did not have any upcoming projects. However, outside of “The Goldbergs,” his acting had been limited for the last several years, having only appeared in three other projects since 2013.
Segal was born in 1934 in Great Neck, New York. He worked in the military before pivoting into acting.