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George Segal, star of ‘Virginia Woolf’ and ‘Goldbergs,’ has died at the age of 87.

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George Segal, star of ‘Virginia Woolf' and ‘Goldbergs,' has died at the age of 87.
George Segal, star of ‘Virginia Woolf' and ‘Goldbergs,' has died at the age of 87.

George Segal, star of ‘Virginia Woolf’ and ‘Goldbergs,’ has died at the age of 87.

 

George Segal, a banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 1966. ” and worked on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs” into his late 80s, died Tuesday in Santa Rosa, California, according to his wife.

In a tweet, Sonia Segal said, “The family is saddened to announce that George Segal passed away this morning due to complications from bypass surgery.” He was 87 years old when he died.

In the 1970s, when lighthearted adult comedies became popular, George Segal was best known as a comedic actor, becoming one of the biggest stars on television.

His most well-known role, however, was in the harrowing drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ” is based on the acclaimed play by Edward Albee.

He was the last credited member of the small ensemble, all four of whom earned Academy Award nominations: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for leading roles, Sandy Dennis and Segal for supporting roles. The women received Oscar nominations, but the men did not.

He was best known to younger viewers for his roles as magazine publisher Jack Gallo on the long-running NBC series “Just Shoot Me” from 1997 to 2003, and grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon on “The Goldbergs” since 2013.

“We have lost a legend today. It was a true joy to be a small part of George Segal’s incredible legacy,” said Adam Goldberg, who based the show on his own childhood in the 1980s. “I ended up casting the right person to play Pops by sheer luck. George, like my grandfather, had a mysterious light in his heart.”

In his heyday in Hollywood, he played a stuffy philosopher opposite Barbra Streisand’s freewheeling prostitute in 1970’s “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a cheating husband opposite Glenda Jackson in 1973’s “A Touch of Class,” a desperate gambler opposite Elliot Gould in director Robert Altman’s 1974 “California Split,” and a bank-robbing suburbanite opposite Jane Fonda in

Segal’s reputation as a handsome leading man had been gradually rising since his first film, 1961’s “The Young Doctors,” in which he had ninth billing. His first leading role was as a nefarious prisoner at a Japanese prison camp during World War II in the film “King Rat.”

 

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He played Nick, one half of a young couple invited over for drinks and to see the bitterness and anger of a middle-aged couple, in the film “Virginia Woolf.”

Director Mike Nichols wanted someone who could win Elizabeth Taylor’s approval, and when Robert Redford turned him down, he turned to Segal.

Segal was “close enough to the young god he needed to be for Elizabeth, and clever enough and amusing enough to cope with all the embarrassment,” according to Nichols’ biographer Mark Harris.

Segal died on the same day as Taylor, ten years later.

He rode the film to stardom for a long time. Then, in the late 1970s, “Jaws” and other action films changed the face of Hollywood, and Segal’s light comedies fell out of favor.

In a 1998 interview, he said, “Then I got a little older.” “I began portraying urban fathers. And then that guy morphed into Chevy Chase, and there was nowhere to go after that.”

Segal’s films in the 1980s and 1990s were mostly forgettable, with the exception of the 1989 hit “Look Who’s Talking.” He went on to appear in two failed television dramas, “Take Five” and “Murphy’s Law.”

Then, in 1997, he became famous for his role as Gallo in the David Spade sitcom “Just Shoot Me,” in which he played a man who, despite his gruff demeanor, hires his daughter (Laura San Giacomo) and holds Spade’s useless office boy character on his payroll simply out of love for both.

Many people paid tribute to Segal on Tuesday night, including series co-star Brian Posehn.

Segal’s “Just Shoot Me” Posehn said, “I grew up watching him, absolute old school charm, effortless comedic timing.” “Working on scenes with him was a highlight of my career, but getting to know him and making the legend laugh was much better.”

Segal played the banjo for fun during his long acting career, becoming very accomplished on the instrument he first picked up as a teenager. He performed with the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, which he founded.

Segal started entertaining at the age of eight, performing magic tricks for neighborhood children, and was born in 1934 in Great Neck, New York, the third son of a malt and hops dealer.

He went to a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania and formed “Bruno Linch and His Imperial Band” while at Columbia University, where he also played banjo.

Segal worked at the New York theater Circle in the Square on a non-salaried basis after graduation, doing everything from ticket taking to understudy acting. He studied drama with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen and made his professional acting debut in Moliere’s “Don Juan” off-Broadway for one night.

He was drafted into the Army after appearing on Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” After being discharged from the army in 1957, he returned to the stage and started landing small film roles.

Before divorcing in 1981, Segal married Marion Sobel, a television story writer, and they had two children, Elizabeth and Polly.

He married his second wife, Linda Rogoff, in London in 1982 and was heartbroken when she died 14 years later of a stomach disease.

In 1999, he told an interviewer, “There was a time when I said, ‘It’s not adding up; I don’t get it anymore.'” “After Linda died, I became disinterested in everything. I just tried to make a living. Acting, like life, had become a chore.”

He finally reconnected with Sonia Schultz Greenbaum, his high school girlfriend from 45 years ago. They spoke on the phone for up to six hours at a time and married only a few months after reuniting.

“Just listening to me unload helped me get through the hardest days of my life,” Segal said in 1999. “It was awe-inspiring.”

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RIP: Actress Carol Speed (The Mack, Abby) Dead at 76 | Latest Celebrity News, Sports and Entertainment

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Character actress Carol Speed died Friday at her home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, her family announced. She was 76.

Born Carol Ann Bennett Stewart in Bakersfield, California, Speed was the first Black homecoming queen in Santa Clara County.

Speed is best known for her roles in blaxploitation films The Mack, Black Samson and Abby.

She played Lulu, Max Julien‘s prostitute in The Mack (1973), a possessed woman in Abby (1974), and the girlfriend of a lion-owning club owner (Rockne Tarkington) in Black Samson (1974).
 
RELATED: RIP: Max Julien, Star of ‘The Mack’, Dead at 88
 

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Speed’s The Mack co-star Max Julien died on New Year’s Day at age 88.

Speed also played an inmate opposite Pam Grier in The Big Bird Cage (1972) and she was left stranded at the alter by Lamont (Demond Wilson) in the “Sanford and Son” episode “Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride.”

She starred on an episode of NBC’s Julia opposite Diahann Carroll and had a recurring role on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1970.

Speed had one child, a son, who died. She leaves behind a grandson, Marc, and sister Barbara.

Watch scenes from The Mack featuring Carol Speed and Max Julien below.
 

 

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NeNe Leakes and boyfriend Nyonisela Sioh set wedding date? | Latest Celebrity News, Sports and Entertainment

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NeNe Leakes is moving at lightning speed for a woman who just buried her husband several months ago.

The 54-year-old businesswoman is in a hurry to tie the knot with boyfriend Nyonisela Sioh, according to PEOPLE.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star buried her husband Gregg Leakes in September.

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Since then, NeNe has been seen partying and vacationing non-stop with menswear designer Nyonisela — and a source tells PEOPLE she’s “absolutely open to marriage again.”

The insider says NeNe and Nyoni, owner of Nyoni Couture, are already in the planning stages of their star-studded nuptials.

She captioned an Instagram picture of Nyoni, “The way you love on me & take care of me….Grateful!”

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“Despite losing Gregg last year, she is really happy and in a great place as she begins starting this next chapter of her life,” the insider tells PEOPLE.

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“She’s been leaning heavily on her girlfriends these last few months and when she’s not with Nyonisela, she’s with them whether it’s in Atlanta or other places,” the source says. “She really hasn’t been alone much.”
 
RELATED:Will Nyoni Sioh’s Wife Sue NeNe Leakes for Alienation of Affection?
 

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Other sources say Nyoni is using NeNe to promote himself and his company. They say he is still married and has at least one child with his long-suffering wife in Charlotte, NC.

But that’s just a technicality to NeNe, a former stripper who has never been manless in her entire adult life.

“Nene is totally into [Nyoni],” the source says. “He’s wining and dining her. They’re very much already in love.”

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Woman asks TikTok to help her find man who flirted with her – only to find out he’s married | Latest Celebrity News, Sports and Entertainment

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A woman who asked TikTok to help her find a handsome guy who flirted with her was heartbroken to learn he’s already taken.

Blogger and model Mica Renee was disappointed that the handsome man who flirted with her while on vacation in Miami is married with four kids.

Mica got the tea from the horse’s mouth: his long-suffering wife.

The blogger was smitten with the man she briefly flirted with in Miami. So she shared a video of the guy, explaining that she forgot to save his phone number and was desperate to see him again.

“TikTok help me find this man I met in Miami. He walked right into the ocean to introduce himself to me. I was lit when he gave me his number. Hopefully he ain’t married… I was in Miami, looking all good in the ocean, and my friend was taking pics of me. He came up to me and he introduced himself. My friend thought he was bold, so she kept recording.”

The video was viewed more than 5 million times. TikTok sleuths immediately went to work and found the man — who goes by “AJ” on TikTok.

Among the people who reached out to Mica was AJ’s wife, who let her know she and AJ were somewhat happily married with four children.

AJ commented that Mica was doing way too much and should have known that a handsome guy like himself would be taken.

“I wasn’t gonna comment to anything, honestly, because I know the truth [and] everything that happened. But little miss cheater is really trying to run off this clout that she got from completely capping. It’s time for the truth.”

He said they met on the beach in August 2021 and spoke for 7 minutes tops.

“The video you made, you definitely edited it and sliced it in a good way to depict whatever the hell you [are] trying to prove or say. I was already enjoying myself in the ocean, basking in God’s blessings upon me as the sun shined upon my bald head, then you wobbled your a** down to the water.”

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