The Goldbergs said goodbye to beloved cast member George Segal in a touching tribute that aired during last night’s episode. The late actor, who died at age 87 last month, starred on the ABC sitcom for eight seasons, playing Albert “Pops” Solomon from 2013 up until his death this year.
To honor Segal and his legacy, The Goldbergs put together a collection of some of his most memorable moments on the show and included it at the end of his final episode, People reports. The tribute began with the title card “Dedicated to our friend, George,” and featured footage of Segal’s character on The Goldbergs as he shared life tips and sweet moments with his co-stars, ending with another title card that read “We will miss you, George.”
Segal, who died in late march of complications from a bypass surgery, was remembered by The Goldbergs cast and crew as “kind, sweet, beyond talented and funny,” per a statement shared with People when his death was first announced.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
While younger audiences recognize Segal for his role in The Goldbergs, the actor played plenty of memorable roles in the ’60s and ’70s, starring in Ship of Fools, Where’s Poppa?, Blume in Love, For the Boys and King Rat. In 1967, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as college professor Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In recent years, he appeared in American Dad, Elsa & Fred, and The Simpsons. The eighth season of The Goldbergs marks his final TV appearance.
The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on ABC. Watch the tribute to Segal in the video above.
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