ABC’s The Goldbergs teased its final farewell to actor George Segal, who played Pops on the sitcom. Segal passed away in March at the age of 87 after complications from bypass surgery.
After Segal died, the show’s cast and crew released the following statement:
“On behalf of everyone at The Goldbergs we are devastated at the loss of our dear friend, George,” the show’s cast and crew said. “He was kind, sweet, beyond talented and funny. George was the true epitome of class and he touched all of our lives so deeply. It was an honor and a privilege to have him as a colleague and friend all of these years. It is no surprise to any of us that knew him so well that he is a true national treasure. He will be missed by all. POPS, we will miss your banjo playing and your infectious laugh. Rest in peace.”
Segal had a long career in the entertainment industry and was nominated for an Oscar for his 1966 performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. He had many other movie credits to his name as well as five Golden Globe nominations. He had many starring roles in TV shows, including on ABC’s Murphy’s Law, CBS’ Take Five and NBC’s Just Shoot Me.
He’s survived by his wife, Sonia, as well as daughters Elizabeth and Polly Segal; stepchildren David, Matthew and Samantha Greenbaum and three grandchildren.
Segal’s final episode of The Goldbergs airs Wednesday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Following the episode, ABC and Sony Pictures Television will air a 45-second tribute to him.
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