‘The Goldbergs’ Tease Special Tribute to George Segal Ahead of His Final Episode

by Josh Lanier
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The Goldbergs will say goodbye to ‘Pops’ ahead of next week’s episode after George Segal, who played the character, died last week.

The show said it will air a 45-second tribute to Segal who died last month from complications of bypass surgery, Deadline reported. The Goldbergs released a trailer announcing Wednesday’s show would be Segal’s final appearance.

The show’s cast and crew released a statement shortly after his unexpected death on March 23. He was 87.

“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 in a release. “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.”

Next week’s episode would have been Segal’s 179th on the show. He’s been with the show set in 1980s Jenkintown, Pennsylvania since it began in 2013.

Segal’s final appearance in The Goldbergs will air on Wednesday, April 7 at 8 p.m. EST.

‘Goldbergs’ George Segal Had an Impressive Career

George Segal has been a famous figure in Hollywood for decades. Aside from his long run on The Goldbergs, he’s been steadily acting since 1966. He got his big break in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The movie version of the story also starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It was directed by Mike Nichols and released in 1966. The movie was a critical success and earned Segal an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. He was also a two-time Golden Globe Award winner.

Variety.com reported that Segal had roles in such popular films as “The Hot Rock,” “Fun With Dick and Jane,” and “A Touch of Class” during the 1970s. Since then, Segal was a mainstay on television, according to IMDB. Most notably, he appeared in Murphy’s Law, The Naked Truth, and Just Shoot Me!