George Segal

Film Producer | * 02/13/1934 († 87, 03/23/2021) | Great Neck, New York, USA
George Segal (February 13, 1934 – March 23, 2021) was an American actor and musician. He became popular in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his most acclaimed performances are in films such as Ship of Fools (1965), King Rat (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), No Way to Treat a Lady (1968), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Where's Poppa? (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), Blume in Love (1973), A Touch of Class (1973), California Sp..."> ()
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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).

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for George Segal

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with George Segal as Actor(87)

as himself2021 Segal
as Himself / Albert 'Pops' Solomon2016 The Goldbergs: An '80s Rewind
as John2014 Elsa & Fred
as James Randall2010 Love & Other Drugs
as Elliott Klublershturf2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis
as Mr Jacobs2009 Made for Each Other
as Tony Delgatto2009 2012
as himself2009 The Brothers Warner
as Dominic Spinuzzi2007 Three Days To Vegas
as Rabbi Mendel2005 Heights
as Mayor Nick Dixon2003 The Electric Piper
as Beck1998 Houdini
as Ed Coplin1996 Flirting with Disaster
as Steven's father1996 The Cable Guy
as Paul Stark1996 It's My Party
as Henry Fine1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces
as Conference Speaker (uncredited)1995 To Die For
as Bill Holsten1995 The Babysitter
as Sen. Beau Ashton1995 The Feminine Touch
as James Tronson1994 Direct Hit
as Ezra Goldstine1994 Seasons of the Heart
as Gil1994 Deep Down
as Lt. Franklin L. Severence1993 Joshua Tree
as Kepler1993 Taking the Heat
as Buddy Arnett1992 Me, Myself and I
as Grigory1991 Time of Darkness
as Art Silver1991 For the Boys
as Albert1989 Look Who's Talking
as Mr. Miller1989 The Endless Game
as Alan Morani1988 Run for Your Life
as William 'Bud' Robinson1986 Many Happy Returns
as Dr. Frank Bower1985 Not My Kid
as Barry Braham1985 Stick
as Hugh Martin1984 The Cold Room
as Howard Trapp1982 The Deadly Game
as Jimmy Skinner1982 Killing 'em Softly
as Walter Whitney1981 Carbon Copy
as Adam Percival Watson1979 Lost and Found
as Harry Calder1977 Rollercoaster
as Dick Harper1977 Fun with Dick and Jane
as Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
as Tim Shaver1975 Russian Roulette
as Sam Spade Jr.1975 The Black Bird
as Bill Denny1974 California Split
as Harry Benson1974 The Terminal Man
as Steven 'Steve' Blackburn1973 A Touch of Class
as Stephen Blume1973 Blume in Love
as Kelp1972 The Hot Rock
as J(JJ)1971 Born to Win
as Brooks Wilson1970 Loving
as Gordon Hocheiser1970 Where’s Poppa?
as Lt. Phil Hartman1969 The Bridge at Remagen
as Morroe Rieff1968 Bye Bye Braverman
as Morris Brummel1968 No Way to Treat a Lady
as Peter Gusenberg1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
as Glenn Griffin1967 The Desperate Hours
as Lt. Mahidi1966 Lost Command
as Biff Loman1966 Death of a Salesman
as Quiller1966 The Quiller Memorandum
as Corporal King1965 King Rat
as David1965 Ship of Fools
as Matt Weaver1964 Invitation to a Gunfighter
as Dr. Tony 'Shiv' Parelli1964 The New Interns
as Lester Sweyd1963 Act One
as U.S. Army Ranger1962 The Longest Day
as Dr. Howard1961 The Young Doctors

TV Shows/Series with George Segal as Actor(19)

Movies with George Segal as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer1975 The Black Bird

Full Name: George Segal
Born: Tuesday, 02/13 1934 (February) in Great Neck
Died: Tuesday, 03/23 2021 (March) in Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (aged: 87)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Columbia University, Haverford College
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Letters
Spouses (current/former): Marion Segal Freed
Other names for George Segal (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Джордж Сигал"
George Segal frequently works together with these people:
Orson Welles (8x, Actor)
Barbra Streisand (7x, Actress)
Melvin Frank (7x, Crew)
Jeffrey Tambor (5x, Actor)
Jennifer Hale (5x, Actress)
Elliott Gould (5x, Actor)
Jessica Walter (5x, Actress)
Maxwell Atoms (5x, Crew)
Jill Abbinanti (5x, Crew)
Josh Hopkins (5x, Actor)
Warren Leight (5x, Crew)
Andy Bown (5x, Cast)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:10860, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 04/25/2021