George Segal

Actor, Musician, Producer
Though he was Oscar-nominated for his role as the dinner guest of dysfunctional couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the film classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1966), George Segal went on to enjoy his ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1934 in Great Neck, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

The Goldbergs 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Made For Each Other 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Jacobs (Actor)

The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Days to Vegas 2014 (Movie)

Dominic Spinuzzi (Actor)

Retired at 35 2010 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

James Randall (Actor)

2012 2009 (Movie)

Tony Delgado (Actor)

Entourage 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Private Practice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The War at Home 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Wife is Retarded 2006 (Movie)

Julie's Father (Actor)

Heights 2005 (Movie)

Rabbi Mendel (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret World of Sitcoms 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Bisset 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Tide 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Flirting With Disaster 1996 (Movie)

Mr Coplin (Actor)

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Paul Stark (Actor)

Picture Windows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Steven's Father (Actor)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

Henry Fine (Actor)

The Babysitter 1995 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Deep Down 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The November Conspiracy 1994 (Movie)

Senator Ashton (Actor)

Army of One 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Direct Hit 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Me, Myself and I 1993 (Movie)

Buddy Arnett (Actor)

Renaissance 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

Art Silver (Actor)

The Clearing 1990 (Movie)

Grigory (Actor)

The Endless Game 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All's Fair 1989 (Movie)

Colonel (Actor)

Look Who's Talking 1989 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Murphy's Law 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Natalie Wood 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Take Five 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Stick 1985 (Movie)

Barry Stam (Actor)

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

Walter Whitney (Actor)

Killing 'em Softly 1980 (Movie)

Jimmy Skinner (Actor)

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Adam Watson (Actor)

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Jeff Thomson (Actor)

Fun With Dick and Jane 1977 (Movie)

Dick Harper (Actor)

Rollercoaster 1977 (Movie)

Harry Calder (Actor)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1977 (Movie)

Robby Ross (Actor)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Russian Roulette 1975 (Movie)

Corporal Timothy Shaver (Actor)

The Black Bird 1975 (Movie)

Sam Spade Jr (Actor)

The Challenge 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

Charlie Malloy (Actor)

The George Segal Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Couple of Dons 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

California Split 1974 (Movie)

Bill Denny (Actor)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

Blume (Actor)

The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

Harry Benson (Actor)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Steve Blackburn (Actor)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

Jay Jay (Actor)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

Kelp (Actor)

Loving 1970 (Movie)

Brooks Wilson (Actor)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Where's Poppa? 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

Lt Phil Hartman (Actor)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

Morroe Rieff (Actor)

No Way to Treat a Lady 1968 (Movie)

Morris Brummel (Actor)

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 (Movie)

Peter Gusenberg (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

Quiller (Actor)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Corporal King--The (Actor)

Lost Command 1965 (Movie)

Mahidi (Actor)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

Matt Weaver (Actor)

Act One 1963 (Movie)

Lester Sweyd (Actor)

The New Interns 1963 (Movie)

Dr Tony Parelli (Actor)

The Young Doctors 1961 (Movie)

Dr Howard (Actor)

Deadly Game (TV Show)

Actor

Fielder's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Following Her Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Many Happy Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Not My Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Seasons of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Taking the Heat (TV Show)

Actor

The Cold Room (TV Show)

Actor

The Linda McCartney Story (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Black Bird 1975 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though he was Oscar-nominated for his role as the dinner guest of dysfunctional couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the film classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1966), George Segal went on to enjoy his most significant success as a comic actor with wry wit and debonair charm. During the 1970s, Segal was an A-list film actor with a string of comedies that paired him with Robert Redford in "The Hot Rock" (1972), Barbra Streisand in "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970), and Jane Fonda in "Fun with Dick and Jane" (1976), though Segal was not able to retain the high film profile of his co-stars into the next decade. Instead, he found his niche in television movies for a number of years before resurfacing with "dad" roles in a new generation of comedies like "Look Who's Talking" (1989) and "The Cable Guy" (1996). Younger generations, however, were most familiar with Segal through the popular office sitcom "Just Shoot Me" (NBC, 1997-2003), which earned Segal a number of Golden Globe nominations and kept him in the public eye with ongoing appearances as self-aggrandizing but quick-witted, charming executive types.

Relationships

Fannie Segal

Mother

Sonia Greenbaum

Wife
Former childhood sweetheart Reunited 1996; she helped him through the grief over his second wife's death Married Sept. 28, 1996

Linda Rogoff

Wife
Married 1983 in London until her death June 13, 1996 at age 49

George Segal

Father
died in 1947

Elizabeth Segal

Daughter
mother, Marion Sobel

Polly Segal

Daughter
mother, Marion Sobel

Marion Sobel

Wife
Married 1956 Divorced 1983

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1955

studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen

went to high school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he met third wife Sonia Schultz

Milestones

2005

Co-starred with Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in "Heights" a drama following five New Yorkers over a 24-hour period

2001

Made London stage debut in "Art", alongside Paul Freeman and Richard Griffiths

1999

Starred opposite Buck Henry and Wayne Knight in Broadway's long-running, Tony-winning "Art"; the three had previously been in the cast of 1994's "To Die For" (which Henry also scripted) but had no scenes together

1998

Played Harry Houdini's manager Martin Beck in the TNT original presentation "Houdini"

1997

Portrayed recurring character of Nora's father on the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth", starring Tea Leoni as Nora and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife

1997

Starred as magazine publisher-owner Jack Gallo in the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"

1996

With Mary Tyler Moore made a great neurotic Jewish couple in the hit comedy "Flirting With Disaster"; first association with Tea Leoni

1996

Provided voice of Dr. Benton Quest for animated "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest", airing simultaneously on TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network

1996

Reteamed with Streisand (who directed as well as starred) for "The Mirror Has Two Faces"

1994

Played Ann-Marget's love interest in the NBC movie "Following Her Heart"

1993

Reprised Albert for "Look Who's Talking Now"

1991

Delivered funny, fluid performance as the liberal Jewish headwriter for Eddie Sparks (James Caan) in "For the Boys"

1989

Portrayed Albert opposite Kirstie Alley in "Look Who's Talking"

1988

Returned to series TV as disheviled insurance investigator Daedelus Patrick Murphy in "Murphy's Law" (ABC)

1987

TV series debut as regular, "Take Five" (CBS)

1985

Returned to Broadway as John Lithgow's greedy fight manager in the short-lived "Requiem for a Heavyweight"

1984

Spoofed the Sherwood Forest legend in "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood" (CBS)

1983

Starred as dogged NYC detective John Grafton in "Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer" (CBS)

1979

Reunited with Glenda Jackson for "Lost and Found"

1979

Withdrew from the lead in Blake Edwards' "10"; sued by Edwards for breach of contract; paid the director a reported $270,000 to settle case

1978

Headlined Kotcheff's "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"

1977

First feature with director Ted Kotcheff, "Fun with Dick and Jane"

1975

Essayed Sam Spade Jr in "The Black Bird", an atrocious takeoff on "The Maltese Falcon"; also executive produced

1973

Portrayed the titular Stephen Blume in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love"

1973

Played married man who embarks on an affair but falls in love with Glenda Jackson in "A Touch of Class"; Jackson took home her second Best Actress Oscar for her efforts

1969

Starred opposite Barbra Streisand in "The Owl and the Pussycat", adapted by Buck Henry from Bill Manoff's play

1969

Starred in the cult classic "Where's Poppa?", directed by Carl Reiner

1968

Portrayed one of four Jewish intellectuals on their way to a friend's funeral in Sidney Lumet's "Bye Bye Braverman"

1968

Was the cop on the trail of a flamboyent ladykiller (Rod Steiger) in "No Way to Treat a Lady"; received BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1967

First collaborations with director Ted Kotcheff, the ABC TV productions of "The Desperate Hours" (1967) and "Of Mice and Men" (1968)

1967

Reunited with Robards in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"

1966

Played Biff to Lee J. Cobb's Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (CBS)

1966

Portrayed American secret agent investigating neo-Nazi group in "The Quiller Memorandum", a unique spy pic scripted by playwright Harold Pinter from a novel by Elleston Trevor

1966

Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor as the ambitious young professor in the Nichols-directed "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", adapted by Ernest Lehman from Edward Albee's play

1965

Drew attention as a distraught newlywed in Kramer's superb "Ship of Fools"

1965

First starring film role, "King Rat"

1964

Appeared in NYC stage production of "The Knack", directed by Mike Nichols

1964

First significant film role in "Invitation to a Gunfighter", produced by Stanley Kramer

1963

Reteamed with Robards in "Act One", film adaptation of Moss Hart's autobiography; had small role as Lester Sweyd

1963

Returned to Broadway in "Rattle of a Simple Man"

1963

Acted in "Man Without a Skin" episode of "Naked City" (ABC)

1961

Screen debut in "The Young Doctors"

1960

First association with Buck Henry, "The Premise", an Off-Broadway improvisational revue in the style of Chicago's Second City troupe; left to perform in Paddy Chayevsky's "Gideon" on Broadway in 1961

1956

Appeared in legendary Circle in the Square stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", which launched the career of Jason Robards Jr.

1955

Stage acting debut (with Peter Falk) in Moliere's "Don Juan" at NYC's Downtown Theatre; closed after one night

1947

Moved to Manhattan with mother after death of father

1882

Played a snowbound salesman in HBO's "The Deadly Game"

Returned to regular TV series work in syndicated "High Tide", playing whiny retired CIA agent who employs two brothers (Rick Springfield and Yannick Bisson) in his Los Angleles-based detective agency

Organized group, "Bruno Lynch and His Imperial Jazz Band", with which he performed as a banjo player and singer throughout high school and while attending Columbia

After military service, landed a role in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Antony and Cleopatra" and the Off-Broadway revival of Jerome Kern's "Leave It to Jane"; also formed a nightclub singing act with Patricia Scott

Drafted into the USA Army

Worked as janitor and usher at Circle in the Square Theater, New York; understudied in "La Ronde" but never went on

Signed non-exclusive, long-term contract with Columbia Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the modern sculptor of the same name

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About the illness that claimed his second wife Linda Rogoff: "It started with a hospital screwup about four years ago. Linda had a sore throat, which they misread. She was allergic to penicillin, the doctors weren't aware of it, and they kept pumping her full of the stuff. It killed her."They didn't know what was wrong with her--they thought it was a tropical disease and a whole lot of other things. There was a series of unbelievable surgeries. It went from bad to worse, and in the end her body couldn't take it anymore."In fact, she had a condition called aplastic anemia. But all the hospital did was exacerbate the problem. It has been a terrible four years, and what happened fills me with a kind of rage." --George Segal to Kevin O'Sullivan in the DAILY NEWS, August 18, 1996

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"Listen, John Lithgow and I were in a play sometime ago in New York. It was 'Requiem for a Heavyweight'. We opened that on Thursday and closed on Saturday. So that's what I call a short run. And now here we are on almost adjoining stages. [Mr. Lithgow stars in another NBC sitcom, 'Third Rock From the Sun".] So when we see each other, we throw our arms around each other and then we look at each other in that peculiar way as people who have been in another kind of war and are now fighting this war."A more pleasant war? It is. It certainly is." --Segal to Andy Meisler in THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 4, 1998

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On his experience in the historic Circle in the Square production of "The Iceman Cometh": "From [director] Jose Quintero, I learned not to move my feet back and forth under a table when I am talking to another actor. Focus. Concentration of energy. I was really young at the time, and didn't know much at all. As for Jason [Robards Jr.], he taught me a kind of professionalism that I've never known since. He galvanized that cast. Everyone came up to his energy level." --Segal quoted in INTHEATER, May 31, 1999

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