George Segal

Biography

At one time in the early 1970s, it seemed like George Segal would have a career like that enjoyed by his contemporary Jack Nicholson, that of an actor's actor equally adept at comedy and drama. Segal never made the leap to superstar status, and surprisingly, has never won a major acting award, the latter phenomenon being particularly surprising when viewed from the period 1973-4, when he reached the height of his career, appearing in A Touch of Class (1973) and Robert Altman's California Split (1974). It was at this point that Segal's career went awry, when he priced himself as a superstar with a seven-figure salary, but failed to come through at the box office. For example, The Black Bird (1975) was a failure, but, ironically, at the end of the decade, he dropped out of a movie that would have burnished his tarnished lustre as a star: Blake Edwards' 10 (1979). 10 (1979) made Dudley Moore a star, while Arthur (1981) made him a superstar in the 1980s, a lost decade for Segal. It was an example of a career burnout usually associated with the "Oscar curse" (his No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) co-star Rod Steiger, for example, was a great character actor whose career was run off the rails by the expectations raised by the Academy Award). George Segal has never won an Oscar, but more surprisingly, has only been nominated once, for Best Supporting Actor of 1966 for his role as "Nick" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors (1961). His turns in Ship of Fools (1965) and the eponymous King Rat (1965) in 1965 heralded the arrival of a major talent. He followed it up with his Oscar-nominated performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), in which he more than held his own against Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was a cultural phenomenon, the film that wrecked the MPDDA censorship code that had been in place since 1934, and a huge box office success to boot. He had arrived in the major leagues. By the early 1970s, appearances in such films as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Born to Win (1971) and The Hot Rock (1972) had made him a major star with an enviable reputation, just under the heights of the superstar status enjoyed by the likes of Paul Newman. He followed up A Touch of Class (1973) (a hit film for which his co-star Glenda Jackson won an Oscar) and his brilliant performance as the out-of-control gambler in California Split (1974) with a co-starring turn opposite of Jane Fonda in Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), a big hit that revitalized Jane Fonda's film carer. He gave a deft comic performance in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) with Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley, which proved a modest box office success. For all practical purposes, even after the failures of The Black Bird (1975), "Lucky Lady" and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), it seemed like Segal, with a few deft career choices, could reorient his career and deliver on the promise of his early period. That he didn't may be the unintended consequence of his focusing on comedy to the detriment of drama. The comedy A Touch of Class (1973) made him a million dollar-per-film movie star, and that's what he concentrated on. Segal began relying on his considerable charm to pull off movies that had little going for them other than their star, and it backfired on him. These films weren't infused with the outrageously funny, subversive comedy of Where's Poppa? (1970), a success from his first period that he enjoyed along with co-star Ruth Gordon and director Carl Reiner. When Segal first made it in the mid-1960s, he established his serious actor bona fides with a deal he cut with ABC-TV that featured him in TV adaptations of Broadway plays. He also played a very memorable "Biff Loman" in Death of a Salesman (1966) (TV), shining in performance in counterpoint to the vital presence that was Lee J. Cobb's "Willy Loman". It was a good life for an actor, and he took time to show off his banjo-playing skills by fronting the "Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band", with which he cut several records. While the 1980s were mostly a career wasteland for Segal, he came back in the 1990s, using his flair for comedy as part of the ensemble cast of "Just Shoot Me!" (1997).

At one time in the early 1970s, it seemed like George Segal would have a career like that enjoyed by his contemporary Jack Nicholson, that of an actor's actor equally adept at comedy and drama. Segal never made the leap to superstar status, and surprisingly, has never won a major acting award, the latter phenomenon being particularly surprising when viewed from the period 1973-4, when he reached the height of his career, appearing in A Touch of Class (1973) and Robert Altman's California Split (1974). It was at this point that Segal's career went awry, when he priced himself as a superstar with a seven-figure salary, but failed to come through at the box office. For example, The Black Bird (1975) was a failure, but, ironically, at the end of the decade, he dropped out of a movie that would have burnished his tarnished lustre as a star: Blake Edwards' 10 (1979). 10 (1979) made Dudley Moore a star, while Arthur (1981) made him a superstar in the 1980s, a lost decade for Segal. It was an example of a career burnout usually associated with the "Oscar curse" (his No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) co-star Rod Steiger, for example, was a great character actor whose career was run off the rails by the expectations raised by the Academy Award). George Segal has never won an Oscar, but more surprisingly, has only been nominated once, for Best Supporting Actor of 1966 for his role as "Nick" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors (1961). His turns in Ship of Fools (1965) and the eponymous King Rat (1965) in 1965 heralded the arrival of a major talent. He followed it up with his Oscar-nominated performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), in which he more than held his own against Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was a cultural phenomenon, the film that wrecked the MPDDA censorship code that had been in place since 1934, and a huge box office success to boot. He had arrived in the major leagues. By the early 1970s, appearances in such films as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Born to Win (1971) and The Hot Rock (1972) had made him a major star with an enviable reputation, just under the heights of the superstar status enjoyed by the likes of Paul Newman. He followed up A Touch of Class (1973) (a hit film for which his co-star Glenda Jackson won an Oscar) and his brilliant performance as the out-of-control gambler in California Split (1974) with a co-starring turn opposite of Jane Fonda in Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), a big hit that revitalized Jane Fonda's film carer. He gave a deft comic performance in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) with Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley, which proved a modest box office success. For all practical purposes, even after the failures of The Black Bird (1975), "Lucky Lady" and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), it seemed like Segal, with a few deft career choices, could reorient his career and deliver on the promise of his early period. That he didn't may be the unintended consequence of his focusing on comedy to the detriment of drama. The comedy A Touch of Class (1973) made him a million dollar-per-film movie star, and that's what he concentrated on. Segal began relying on his considerable charm to pull off movies that had little going for them other than their star, and it backfired on him. These films weren't infused with the outrageously funny, subversive comedy of Where's Poppa? (1970), a success from his first period that he enjoyed along with co-star Ruth Gordon and director Carl Reiner. When Segal first made it in the mid-1960s, he established his serious actor bona fides with a deal he cut with ABC-TV that featured him in TV adaptations of Broadway plays. He also played a very memorable "Biff Loman" in Death of a Salesman (1966) (TV), shining in performance in counterpoint to the vital presence that was Lee J. Cobb's "Willy Loman". It was a good life for an actor, and he took time to show off his banjo-playing skills by fronting the "Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band", with which he cut several records. While the 1980s were mostly a career wasteland for Segal, he came back in the 1990s, using his flair for comedy as part of the ensemble cast of "Just Shoot Me!" (1997).

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Elsa & Fred as John
2013 The Goldbergs(71 episodes) as Albert 'Pops' Solomon
2011 Retired at 35(20 episodes)
2010 Love & Other Drugs as James Randall
2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis as Elliott Klublershturf
2009 2012 as Tony Delgatto
2008 Three Days To Vegas as Dominic Spinuzzi
2007 Pushing Daisies(1 episode)
2007 Private Practice(1 episode)
2007 Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure as Horror (voice)
2005 The War at Home(1 episode)
2005 Fielder's Choice as JD
2005 Heights as Rabbi Mendel
2004 Boston Legal(1 episode)
2004 Entourage(3 episodes)
2001 The Zeta Project(1 episode)
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1 episode)
1998 Houdini as Beck
1997 Just Shoot Me!(150 episodes) as Jack Gallo
1997 Cow and Chicken(1 episode)
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces as Henry Fine
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest(52 episodes)
1996 The Cable Guy as Steven's father
1996 Flirting with Disaster as Ed Coplin
1996 It's My Party as Paul Stark
1996 Tracey Takes On...(58 episodes)
1995 The Babysitter as Bill Holsten
1994 Direct Hit as James Tronson
1994 High Tide(72 episodes)
1994 Seasons of the Heart as Ezra Goldstine
1994 Deep Down as Gil
1993 Look Who's Talking Now! as Albert
1993 Joshua Tree as Lt. Franklin L. Severence
1992 Me, Myself and I as Buddy Arnett
1991 For the Boys as Art Silver
1991 Time of Darkness as Grigory
1989 Look Who's Talking as Albert
1989 All's Fair
1988 Murphy's Law(13 episodes)
1988 Run for Your Life as Alan Morani
1987 Take Five(7 episodes)
1985 Stick as Barry Braham
1985 Not My Kid as Dr. Frank Bower
1984 Murder, She Wrote(1 episode)
1984 The Cold Room as Hugh Martin
1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood as Robin Hood
1981 Carbon Copy as Walter Whitney
1980 The Last Married Couple in America as Jeff Thompson
1979 Lost and Found as Adam
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? as Robby Ross
1977 Rollercoaster as Harry Calder
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane as Dick Harper
1976 Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox as Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy
1975 The Black Bird as Sam Spade Jr.
1975 Russian Roulette as Shaver
1974 California Split as Bill Denny
1974 The Terminal Man as Harry Benson
1973 Blume In Love as Stephen Blume
1973 A Touch of Class as Steven 'Steve' Blackburn
1972 The Hot Rock as Kelp
1971 Born to Win as J(JJ)
1970 Where’s Poppa? as Gordon Hocheiser
1970 Loving as Brooks Wilson
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat as Felix
1969 The Bridge at Remagen as Lt. Phil Hartman
1969 The Southern Star as Dan
1968 Tenderly as Franco
1968 No Way to Treat a Lady as Morris Brummel
1968 Bye Bye Braverman as Morroe Rieff
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre as Peter Gusenberg
1966 The Quiller Memorandum as Quiller
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Nick
1966 Lost Command as Lt. Mahidi
1965 King Rat as Corporal King
1965 Ship of Fools as David
1964 The New Interns as Dr. Tony 'Shiv' Parelli
1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter as Matt Weaver
1963 Act One as Lester Sweyd
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1962 The Longest Day as U.S. Army Ranger
1961 The Young Doctors as Dr. Howard
1958 Naked City(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Many Happy Returns

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