(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s hit sitcom The Goldbergs paid tribute Wednesday night to co-star George Segal, who died Tuesday at 87 following complications from bypass surgery.
The veteran actor played Albert “Pops” Solomon, the WWII vet and ladies man father of Wendi McLendon-Covey’s Beverly Goldberg, and grandad and pal to Sean Giambrone’s Adam.
Wednesday night’s episode ended with a photo of a smiling Segal, wearing a baseball shirt decorated with “Pops” on it. A title card read “In Memoriam 1934-2021.”
Segal’s final The Goldbergs episode filmed before his death is set to air April 7. Because he played such an integral role on the 80s-set sitcom, it’s possible his death will be addressed in the show, but that has yet to be confirmed.
In a statement released Wednesday, the show’s “devastated” cast noted of Segal, “He was kind, sweet, beyond talented and funny,” and that the “national treasure” and Oscar-nominated actor “was the true epitome of class and he touched all of our lives so deeply.”
Their tribute said it was “an honor and a privilege to have him as a colleague and friend all of these years.”
By Stephen Iervolino
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