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George Segal

At one time in the early 1970s, it seemed like George Segal would have a career like that enjoyed by his contemporary Jack Nicholson, that of an actor's actor equally adept at comedy and drama. Segal never made the leap to superstar status, and surprisingly, has never won a major acting award, the latter phenomenon being particularly surprising when viewed from the period 1973-4, when he reached the height of his career, appearing in A Touch of Class (1973) and Robert Altman's California Split (1974). It was at this point that Segal's career went awry, when he priced himself as a superstar with a seven-figure salary, but failed to come through at the box office. For example, The Black Bird (1975) was a failure, but, ironically, at the end of the decade, he dropped out of a movie that would have burnished his tarnished lustre as a star: Blake Edwards' 10 (1979). 10 (1979) made Dudley Moore a star, while Arthur (1981) made him a superstar in the 1980s, a lost decade for Segal. It was an example of a career burnout usually associated with the "Oscar curse" (his No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) co-star Rod Steiger, for example, was a great character actor whose career was run off the rails by the expectations raised by the Academy Award). George Segal has never won an Oscar, but more surprisingly, has only been nominated once, for Best Supporting Actor of 1966 for his role as "Nick" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors (1961). His turns in Ship of Fools (1965) and the eponymous King Rat (1965) in 1965 heralded the arrival of a major talent. He followed it up with his Oscar-nominated performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), in which he more than held his own against Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was a cultural phenomenon, the film that wrecked the MPDDA censorship code that had been in place since 1934, and a huge box office success to boot. He had arrived in the major leagues. By the early 1970s, appearances in such films as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), Blume in Love (1973), Born to Win (1971) and The Hot Rock (1972) had made him a major star with an enviable reputation, just under the heights of the superstar status enjoyed by the likes of Paul Newman. He followed up A Touch of Class (1973) (a hit film for which his co-star Glenda Jackson won an Oscar) and his brilliant performance as the out-of-control gambler in California Split (1974) with a co-starring turn opposite of Jane Fonda in Fun with Dick and Jane (1977), a big hit that revitalized Jane Fonda's film carer. He gave a deft comic performance in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) with Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley, which proved a modest box office success. For all practical purposes, even after the failures of The Black Bird (1975), "Lucky Lady" and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), it seemed like Segal, with a few deft career choices, could reorient his career and deliver on the promise of his early period. That he didn't may be the unintended consequence of his focusing on comedy to the detriment of drama. The comedy A Touch of Class (1973) made him a million dollar-per-film movie star, and that's what he concentrated on. Segal began relying on his considerable charm to pull off movies that had little going for them other than their star, and it backfired on him. These films weren't infused with the outrageously funny, subversive comedy of Where's Poppa? (1970), a success from his first period that he enjoyed along with co-star Ruth Gordon and director Carl Reiner. When Segal first made it in the mid-1960s, he established his serious actor bona fides with a deal he cut with ABC-TV that featured him in TV adaptations of Broadway plays. He also played a very memorable "Biff Loman" in Death of a Salesman (1966) (TV), shining in performance in counterpoint to the vital presence that was Lee J. Cobb's "Willy Loman". It was a good life for an actor, and he took time to show off his banjo-playing skills by fronting the "Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band", with which he cut several records. While the 1980s were mostly a career wasteland for Segal, he came back in the 1990s, using his flair for comedy as part of the ensemble cast of "Just Shoot Me!" (1997).


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Родился:
Feb 13, 1934 в Great Neck, New York
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
87
Впервые появился:
на series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» 1953-03-18
Последний проект:
Кино Эльза и Фред 2014-03-07
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Голдберги
Poster of Мертвые до востребования
Poster of Heights
Poster of Красавцы
Фильмография
Кино Эльза и Фред John 2014-03-07
Series Голдберги Albert 'Pops' Solomon 2013-09-24
Кино Сказание о принцессе Кагуя Inbe no Akita (voice) 2013-11-23
Series Retired at 35 2011-01-19
Кино Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis Elliott Klublershturf 2010-09-14
Кино Любовь и другие лекарства James Randall 2010-11-22
Кино 2012 Tony Delgatto 2009-10-10
Кино Three Days To Vegas Dominic Spinuzzi 2008-04-22
Кино Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Horror (voice) 2007-03-30
Series Частная практика Unknown 2007-09-26
Series Мертвые до востребования Unknown 2007-10-02
Кино Динотопия: В поисках солнечного рубина Albagon (voice) 2005-05-17
Кино Heights Rabbi Mendel 2005-01-01
Series The War at Home Unknown 2005-09-11
Кино Fielder's Choice JD 2005-06-18
Series Красавцы Unknown 2004-07-18
Series Юристы Бостона Unknown 2004-10-03
Series Проект Зета Unknown 2001-01-27
Series Закон и порядок. Специальный корпус Unknown 1999-09-20
Кино Houdini Beck 1998-12-06
Series Cow and Chicken Unknown 1997-01-13
Series Just Shoot Me! Jack Gallo 1997-03-04
Series Tracey Takes On... 1996-01-24
Кино Это моя вечеринка Paul Stark 1996-03-22
Кино Не будите спящую собаку Ed Coplin 1996-03-22
Кино У зеркала два лица Henry Fine 1996-11-15
Series The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996-08-26
Кино Кабельщик Steven's father 1996-06-10
Кино Приходящая няня Bill Holsten 1995-10-17
Кино Seasons of the Heart Ezra Goldstine 1994-05-22
Кино Deep Down Gil 1994-03-26
Series High Tide 1994-09-24
Кино Direct Hit James Tronson 1994-12-14
Кино Дерево Джошуа Lt. Franklin L. Severence 1993-08-04
Кино Уж кто бы говорил 3 Albert 1993-11-05
Кино Me, Myself and I Buddy Arnett 1992-01-01
Кино Fiofaniya, risuyushchaya smert Grigory 1991-01-01
Кино Для парней Art Silver 1991-11-22
Кино All's Fair 1989-01-01
Кино Уж кто бы говорил Albert 1989-10-12
Series Murphy's Law 1988-11-02
Series Take Five 1987-04-01
Кино Many Happy Returns William 'Bud' Robinson 1986-09-19
Кино Not My Kid Dr. Frank Bower 1985-01-15
Кино Stick Barry Braham 1985-04-26
Кино The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Robin Hood 1984-05-22
Кино The Cold Room Hugh Martin 1984-09-27
Series Она написала убийство Unknown 1984-09-30
Кино Carbon Copy Walter Whitney 1981-09-25
Кино The Last Married Couple in America Jeff Thompson 1980-04-03
Кино Lost and Found Adam 1979-07-13
Кино Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Robby Ross 1978-10-06
Кино Забавные приключения Дика и Джейн Dick Harper 1977-03-18
Кино Rollercoaster Harry Calder 1977-06-10
Кино The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy 1976-04-01
Кино The Black Bird Sam Spade Jr. 1975-12-25
Кино Russian Roulette Shaver 1975-08-20
Кино Человек, несущий смерть Harry Benson 1974-06-19
Кино California Split Bill Denny 1974-08-07
Кино A Touch of Class Steven 'Steve' Blackburn 1973-01-01
Кино Blume In Love Stephen Blume 1973-06-17
Кино Краденый камень Kelp 1972-01-26
Кино Рожденный побеждать J(JJ) 1971-12-01
Кино Loving Brooks Wilson 1970-03-04
Кино Путана и Умник (Филин и Кошечка) Felix 1970-01-01
Кино Where’s Poppa? Gordon Hocheiser 1970-11-10
Кино The Southern Star Dan 1969-03-04
Кино Ремагенский мост Lt. Phil Hartman 1969-06-25
Кино Bye Bye Braverman Morroe Rieff 1968-02-21
Кино No Way to Treat a Lady Morris Brummel 1968-03-20
Кино Tenderly Franco 1968-09-26
Кино Unstrap Me 1968-11-20
Кино Резня в День святого Валентина Peter Gusenberg 1967-06-30
Кино Lost Command Lt. Mahidi 1966-05-01
Кино Death of a Salesman Biff Loman 1966-05-07
Кино Кто боится Вирджинии Вульф? Nick 1966-06-21
Кино Меморандум Квиллера Quiller 1966-11-10
Кино Корабль дураков David 1965-07-29
Кино Король Крыса Corporal King 1965-10-27
Кино The New Interns Dr. Tony 'Shiv' Parelli 1964-06-01
Кино Invitation to a Gunfighter Matt Weaver 1964-10-14
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Кино Act One Lester Sweyd 1963-12-26
Кино Самый длинный день U.S. Army Ranger 1962-09-25
Кино The Young Doctors Dr. Howard 1961-08-23
Series Обнажённый город Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18