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Ben Stiller, Adam F. Goldberg Mourn George Segal on Twitter After Actor Passes From Surgery Complications

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Celebrities and colleagues were mourning and celebrating the life of actor George Segal after he passed away at the age of 87 on Tuesday.

Segal’s wife Sonia Segal confirmed that the veteran actor died in Santa Rosa, California after suffering complications from bypass surgery. Segal’s on-screen career spanned more than 50 years and included an Academy Awards nomination for his role in 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while more recently he had been a regular on the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, a show that is currently airing its eighth season. Tributes to Segal quickly flooded social media following news of his passing.

“Today we lost a legend,” The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg tweeted alongside a collage of images featuring Segal. “It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark. I think these memories say it all…”

Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark. I think these memories say it all… pic.twitter.com/D1aNZuT20e

— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) March 24, 2021

“George Segal in Where’s Poppa was one of the biggest laughs I have ever had in a movie,” actor Ed Asner tweeted, referring to Segal’s starring role in the 1970 film directed by Carl Reiner. “He was a great actor. Too many of these type of posts lately. RIP George!”

George Segal in Where’s Poppa was one of the biggest laughs I have ever had in a movie. He was a great actor. Too many of these type of posts lately. RIP George!

— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) March 24, 2021

“Shocked and saddened to hear of #GeorgeSegal passing away!” actress and director Melissa Joan Hart tweeted. “From being on set of #JustShootMe to directing him on #Goldbergs, he was a true gem and great man. He will be missed!”

Shocked and saddened to hear of #GeorgeSegal passing away!
From being on set of #JustShootMe to directing him on #Goldbergs, he was a true gem and great man. He will be missed! https://t.co/1SvToqUEGH

— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) March 24, 2021

“George Segal has gone now,” This is Spinal Tap actor Michael McKean tweeted. “A career that kept going for 50+ because he loved it and he was great at it. RIP”

George Segal has gone now. A career that kept going for 50+ because he loved it and he was great at it. RIP

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) March 24, 2021

“So sorry to hear of the passing of the wonderful George Segal!” tweeted actress Morgan Fairchild. “We did The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood together & I guested on Just Shoot Me. One of a kind and always a joy! #RIPGeorge #RIPGeorgeSegal”

So sorry to hear of the passing of the wonderful George Segal! We did The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood together & I guested on Just Shoot Me. One of a kind and always a joy! #RIPGeorge #RIPGeorgeSegal 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/fEZpQSUkBU

— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) March 24, 2021

“Aww man, not George,” comedian and actor Brian Posehn tweeted. “I grew up watching him, total old school charm, effortless comedic timing. Doing scenes with him was one of the highlights of my life, but getting to know him a little and making the legend laugh was even cooler. I’ll miss you, sir. RIP George Segal.”

Aww man, not George. I grew up watching him, total old school charm, effortless comedic timing. Doing scenes with him was one of the highlights of my life, but getting to know him a little and making the legend laugh was even cooler. I’ll miss you, sir. RIP George Segal. pic.twitter.com/JRtOirWThl

— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) March 24, 2021

“Dearest George Segal, thank you for the chance to play your daughter in ‘It’s My Party,'” Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin tweeted. “You were just the best and so lovely to me. My love to your wife and family. RIP dear, sweet George.”

Dearest George Segal, thank you for the chance to play your daughter in “It’s My Party.” You were just the best and so lovely to me. My love to your wife and family. RIP dear, sweet George. pic.twitter.com/81x1G5Oy6o

— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) March 24, 2021

“My personal favorite George Segal movie is ‘The Hot Rock,'” tweeted actor and comedian Ben Stiller. “What a career. What a nice man, what an iconic cool funny 70’s movie star. #RIP”

My personal favorite George Segal movie is “The Hot Rock”. What a career. What a nice man, what an iconic cool funny 70’s movie star. #RIP

— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 24, 2021

In addition to his roles in television and film, Segal worked in live theater, including several appearances on Broadway. He was also known as a talented banjo player, recording three albums while also sometimes playing the instrument during acting roles.

“I am saddened by the fact that my close friend and client of many years has passed away,” Segal’s manager Abe Hoch said in a statement obtained by The Liberty Buzz. “I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human.”

Segal’s final filmed appearance on The Goldbergs is set to air on April 7, according to Deadline. A statement from the show describes Segal as “kind, sweet, talented and beyond funny,” while noting his banjo playing, “infectious laugh” and remarking that “it is no surprise to any of us that knew him so well that he is a true national treasure.”

“For eight years, George Segal made us laugh as Pops on ‘The Goldbergs,’ but his legacy in the entertainment world spans decades,” ABC Entertainment added in a statement. “His talent has left an indelible mark and we’re grateful for the laughter and joy he has given us all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife, Sonia, and his family during this difficult time.”

Actor George Segal appears during a ceremony unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on February 14, 2017.
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