George Segal Biography

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George Segal's facts

Date of Birth 1934-02-13
Nationality American
Profession Actor and musician
Marital Status Married
Married to Sonia Schultz Greenbaum
Married on 1966
Children Polly and Elizabeth
Education at Columbia University
Divorce Marion Segal Freed (1956-83), Linda Rogoff (1983-96)
Place of Birth Great Neck, New York, United States

George Segal, Jr. is an American actor for the film and television and musician. He was born in the year 1934 and celebrates his birthday on 13th of February every year. He rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s for playing a range of comedy and dramatic roles. Some of his most acclaimed roles are in films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Where's Poppa? (1970), Blume in Love (1973), A Touch of Class (1973), California Split (1974), and many others. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.  For the television audiences, he is best known for his portrayal of Albert "Pops" Solomon on The Goldbergs and Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me!.

Segal is a native of Great Neck, New York, United States of America as he was born and spent most of his early life there. He was born as the youngest of three sons to father George Segal, Sr., who was a malt and hop agent and mother Fannie Blanche Segal. Although his family was Jewish, he grew up in a secular household. George first became interested in acting when he saw Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire, at the age of nine. After his father’s death in 1947, he moved to Manhattan with his mother. On graduating from George School in 1951, he went to Haverford College. He is a 1955 graduate of Columbia University and has a Bachelor of Arts in performing arts and drama and was drafted into the Army in 1956.

After college, he ventured into the acting industry as he got a job as an understudy in a Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh". After his time in the Army, he appeared in Antony and Cleopatra for Joseph Papp and joined an improvisational group called The Premise. Initially a stage actor and musician, he has appeared in several minor films in the early 1960s in addition to the well-known 1962 movie The Longest Day. He signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1961 and had his film debut in The Young Doctors. He landed the title role of P.O.W. in King Rat (1965a and on being loaned to Warner Bros, he played as the young faculty member, Nick, in the Mike Nichols' classic adaptation of the Edward Albee play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. His other notable films include The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), Loving (1970), Born to Win (1971), A Touch of Class (1973), California Split (1974), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) and many others. His prominent television roles include the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003), TV Land sitcom, Retired at 35 (2011–12), and currently appears on the 1980s-themed ABC sitcom The Goldbergs. Besides his acting career, George is an accomplished banjo player and played with several jazz bands. In 1967, he released his debut LP called The Yama Yama Man.

Segal married film editor Marion Segal Freed in 1956. They were together for 26 years until they separated with a divorce in 1983. The couple has two daughters, Polly and Elizabeth. After Marion, he married Linda Rogoff in 1983 until her death in 1996. Then he tied the knot with his former George School boarding school classmate Sonia Schultz Greenbaum in 1996 and is still with her. The talented actor and musician has a dynamic personality. His great acting over the years has garnered large number of fans who admire him for the excellent work he does. More information on him is available on his biography on Wiki and IMDb website.