Segal’s Signature Roles

George Segal, who died Tuesday at 87, had a 61-year career playing both dramatic and comedic characters in films and TV – from The Play of the Week in 1960 to The Goldbergs in 2021.

Segals’s breakout role in the movie The New Interns (1964) earned him a Golden Globe in the now-defunct category of Most Promising Newcomer – Male. Two years later, he’d fulfill that promise with both Oscar and Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

He’d then win a Golden Globe as Best Actor for A Touch of Class (1973), and two more Globe nominations for Best Actor, this time on TV, for Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003).

Here’s how to stream the above films and shows:

The New Interns

This hospital-set melodrama, a sequel to 1962’s The Interns, also stars Dean Jones, Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers and Barbara Eden. You can stream it right here:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This film adaptation of Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play about a dysfunctional marriage was directed by Mike Nichols and also starred Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis. All four also received Oscar nominations, as did the film itself, with Taylor and Dennis taking home the little statues.

HBO Max subscribers can stream Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It’s also available free if your library is associated with Hoopla, or you can rent the film for $1.99 from Amazon, Google Play or iTunes. If you get the TCM cable channel, you can also stream Woolf through April 15.

A Touch of Class

This British romantic comedy paired Segal with Glenda Jackson, who won an Oscar for her performance. They play, respectively, a married American and a divorcee who embark on an affair.

You can stream A Touch of Class for $3.99 from Amazon.

Just Shoot Me!

Segal played the owner and publisher of a fashion magazine in this workplace sitcom, which also starred Laura San Giacomo as his daughter and writer at the magazine, Wendie Mallick as her editor, and David Spade as Segal’s assistant.

Here’s a cast reunion, from last June:

Just Shoot Me! ran on NBC for 148 episodes over seven seasons, all of which can now be binged by Hulu subscribers. You can also stream episodes from the final two seasons free on Crackle.

Bonus

Segal received a CableACE nomination for HBO’s The Deadly Game (1982). The film follows in its entirety. (FYI –the Emmy Awards would not honor original cable programs until 1988, so the cable industry invented the CableACEs to fill the gap.)

(Top image source: Warner Bros.YouTube trailer for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf!’)

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