“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering George Segal…

Posted on March 23, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`George Segal was the banjo player-turned-thespian who received an Oscar nomination for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  His face was familiar in iconic motion pictures churned out in the 1960s and 1970s.

“`Segal initially became interested in acting at the age of nine, when he saw Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire. After college and the army, Segal eventually studied at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen, and became the understudy in a Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh.

“`He was signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1961, making his movie debut in The Young Doctors. What followed was appearances in a number of film productions, including The Longest Day, Invitation to a Gunfighter, Ship of FoolsNo Way to Treat a Lady, The St. Valentine’s Day MassacreThe Hot Rock, A Touch of ClassWhere’s Poppa?, The Bridge at Remagen, King RatThe Owl and the Pussycat, The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Blume in Love.

“`On the small screen, Segal was a series regular in Take Five, Murphy’s Law, Just Shoot Me!, Retired at 35, and most notably, The Goldbergs. He also guest-starred in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Naked City, Murder She Wrote, The Larry Sanders Show, Caroline in the City, Boston Legal, and The Simpsons. In 1976, Segal co-hosted the Academy Awards along with Gene Kelly, Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, and Robert Shaw.

“`Segal was also an accomplished banjo player. He released three albums and also performed with the instrument in several of his acting roles and on late-night television.

“`George Segal (above right) was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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