Veteran actor George Segal, known for his Oscar-nominated performance in 1966 classic ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ has passed away. He was 87. The news was shared by his wife Sonia Segal, who said the actor passed away due to “complications from bypass surgery”.
“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.
Born on February 13, 1934, in Great Neck, Long Island in New York, Segal was known for his spectacular comic timing and dramatic prowess.
His acting career began on the New York stage and television in the early 1960s. He then ventured into films and featured in two movies ‘Ship of Fools’ and ‘King Rat’ in 1965.
But Segal’s most famous turn came in the 1966 drama ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, which is based on Edward Albee’s critically-lauded play of the same name. He featured alongside the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the movie.
He earned a nomination for best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Nick in the movie.
Segal often played leading men in films such as ‘The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox’ and ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’.
He also starred in several acclaimed films for television, including ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘The Desperate Hours’.
Segal was married three times: to film editor Marion Sobel from 1956 until their 1983 divorce; to music manager Linda Rogoff from 1983 until her death from aplastic anemia in 1996; and to Sonia Schultz Greenbaum, his high school sweetheart, since 1996.
He is survived by his wife Sonia and daughters — Polly and Elizabeth.
News Source: ETimes