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George Segal, whose film and stage career started in the early 60s but who probably is best known to modern audiences from his performances in sitcoms like "The Goldbergs," has passed away at age 87 from complications related to bypass surgery.

KC's View:

Unless you are of a certain age, you don't realize that George Segal for a number of years was a major movie star, with leading roles in films that included A Touch of Class, The Hot Rock, Where's Poppa, and Blume in Love.

One of his first big films was the movie version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, in which he starred with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Sandy Dennis;  Segal got a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

My two personal favorite Segal films are California Split, a 1974 Robert Altman movie that co-starred Elliot Gould, and No Way To Treat A Lady, a 1968 film based on a William Goldman novel, in which he played a cop engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer played by Rod Steiger.