George Segal at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2010 -

Chris Pizzello / AP / SIPA

The worlds of cinema and television series are in mourning.

American actor George Segal, nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 for his performance in

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

, died Tuesday in California at the age of 87, Hollywood magazine

Deadline reported


George Segal died "of complications from heart bypass surgery," his wife Sonia said in a statement to the magazine.

Born on February 17, 1934 in a small town in New York State, he made his film debut in the early 1960s and appeared in particular for a small role in

The Longest Day

, an epic 1962 fresco on the Landing of Normandy.

His main feats of arms will however come a few years later with, therefore,

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

, alongside film giants like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

He will also turn as a main role under the direction of legendary directors such as Stanley Kramer in 1965 in

La nef des fous

, or Sidney Lumet in 1968 in

Bye Bye Braverman


In more than fifty films until 2010, he will receive - in addition to his Oscar nomination - the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy in 1974 for

A mistress in the arms, a woman on the back


He was still playing in 

Les Goldberg

George Segal was also known for his roles on television, mainly in sitcoms.

Since 2013, he played the role of Pops Solomon in the series

The Goldberg


"We are deeply saddened to learn of the news of the passing of George Segal," Sony Pictures Television, which produces

Les Goldbergs

, said in a statement


"He was a true icon and legend in the business and was an integral part of our Sony family."

"Today we have lost a legend," tweeted

Les Goldberg

series creator

Adam Goldberg.

George Segal was "the perfect person to play Pops", he adds, "just like my grandfather, George had kept a child's heart with a magical spark".

"His talent has left an indelible mark and we are grateful for his laughter and the joy he has given us all," the television series tweeted on its official account.


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