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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).


George Segal - Filmer
Narození:
Feb 13, 1934 v Great Neck, New York
Filmů:
93
Začátky:
v series Happy Otto! Wir haben Grund zum Feiern
Poslední film:
Serial Growing Up Chrisley 2019-04-02
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Filmografie
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Serial American Serengeti Steven 'Steve' Blackburn 2022
Serial $100 Note Podcast Felix 2021
Serial Your Favorite Martian Morris Brummel 2021
Serial Growing Up Chrisley Grigory 2019-04-02
Serial Hard to Be Me Barry Braham 2018
Serial 하트 투 하트 Dan 2015-01-09
Film And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Serial Interventions Morroe Rieff 2014-08-19
Film Elsa & Fred John 2014-03-07
Film Příběh o princezně Kaguje Inbe no Akita (voice) 2013-11-23
Serial となりの怪物くん Quiller 2012-10-02
Film Heroes and Demons 2012-12-12
Serial Retired at 35 2011-01-19
Film Láska a jiné závislosti James Randall 2010-11-22
Film Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis Elliott Klublershturf 2010-09-14
Film Útěk ze Sibiře Albert 'Pops' Solomon 2010-09-03
Serial あにゃまる探偵 キルミンずぅ Gordon Hocheiser 2009-10-05
Film 2012 Tony Delgatto 2009-10-10
Serial Private Practice Unknown 2007-09-26
Film Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure Horror (voice) 2007-02-14
Film Three Days To Vegas Dominic Spinuzzi 2007-02-02
Serial Řekni, kdo tě zabil Unknown 2007-10-02
Serial Rodinná válka Unknown 2005-09-11
Film Dinotopie: Výprava za kamenem Slunce Albagon (voice) 2005-05-17
Film Fielder's Choice JD 2005-06-18
Serial Kauzy z Bostonu Unknown 2004-10-03
Serial Vincentův svět Unknown 2004-07-18
Film The Electric Piper Mayor Nick Dixon 2003-02-02
Serial The Zeta Project Unknown 2001-01-27
Film Battle Royale Unknown 2000-12-16
Serial The District Nick 2000-10-07
Serial Zákon a pořádek: Útvar pro zvláštní oběti Unknown 1999-09-20
Film Mág Houdini Beck 1998-12-06
Serial Cow and Chicken Unknown 1997-09-16
Serial Just Shoot Me! Jack Gallo 1997-03-04
Film It's My Party Paul Stark 1996-03-22
Serial Tracey Takes On... 1996-01-24
Film Dvě tváře lásky Henry Fine 1996-11-15
Film Flirtování s katastrofou Ed Coplin 1996-03-22
Film Cable Guy Steven's father 1996-06-10
Serial The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996-08-26
Film The Babysitter Bill Holsten 1995-10-17
Film To Die For Conference Speaker (uncredited) 1995-09-22
Film Direct Hit James Tronson 1994-12-14
Serial High Tide 1994-09-24
Film Seasons of the Heart Ezra Goldstine 1994-05-22
Film Deep Down Gil 1994-03-26
Film Čas pomsty Lt. Franklin L. Severence 1993-04-08
Film Kdopak to mluví 3 Albert 1993-11-05
Serial Double Dragon Harry Calder 1993-09-12
Film Me, Myself and I Buddy Arnett 1992-01-01
Film Un orso chiamato Arturo Billy 1992-02-14
Film For the Boys Art Silver 1991-11-22
Film All's Fair 1989-01-01
Film Kdopak to mluví Albert 1989-10-12
Serial Murphy's Law 1988-11-02
Film Run for Your Life Alan Morani 1988-01-01
Serial Take Five 1987-04-01
Film Many Happy Returns William 'Bud' Robinson 1986-09-19
Film Not My Kid Dr. Frank Bower 1985-01-15
Film Live Aid Self 1985-07-13
Film The Cold Room Hugh Martin 1984-09-27
Film The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Robin Hood 1984-05-22
Serial To je vražda, napsala Unknown 1984-09-30
Film Tmavohnědá kopie Walter Whitney 1981-08-06
Film Poslední manželství v Americe Jeff Thompson 1980-04-03
Film Lost and Found Adam Percival Watson 1979-07-13
Film Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Robby Ross 1978-09-13
Film Fun with Dick and Jane Dick Harper 1977-03-18
Film Hraběnka a lišák z Dirtwateru Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy 1976-04-01
Film The Black Bird Sam Spade Jr. 1975-12-25
Film Russian Roulette Tim Shaver 1975-08-20
Film California Split Bill Denny 1974-08-07
Film The Terminal Man Harry Benson 1974-06-19
Film Blume in Love Stephen Blume 1973-06-17
Film Ukradený diamant Kelp 1972-01-26
Film Born to Win J 1971-12-01
Film Loving Brooks Wilson 1970-03-04
Film Most u Remagenu Lt. Phil Hartman 1969-06-25
Film Tenderly Franco 1968-09-26
Film Unstrap Me 1968-11-20
Film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Peter Gusenberg 1967-06-30
Film Death of a Salesman Biff Loman 1966-05-07
Film Lost Command Lt. Mahidi 1966-05-01
Film Ship of Fools David 1965-07-29
Film Král Krysa Corporal King 1965-10-27
Film Pozvánka pro pistolníka Matt Weaver 1964-10-14
Film The New Interns Dr. Tony 'Shiv' Parelli 1964-06-01
Film Act One Lester Sweyd 1963-12-26
Film Nejdelší den U.S. Army Ranger 1962-09-25
Film The Young Doctors Dr. Howard 1961-08-23
Serial The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18