George Segal

George Segal

George Segal, Jr. (nacido el 13 de febrero de 1934) es un actor estadounidense ganador del Globo de Oro. Nació en Great Neck, Long Island, en el estado de Nueva York. Es un gran intérprete del banjo. Mientras estudiaba en el colegio organizó un conjunto de música que cosechó muchos éxitos. Después estudió artes dramáticas en la Universidad de Columbia, en Nueva York, donde organizó nuevamente un grupo musical. Una vez terminados sus estudios se ganó la vida limpiando lavabos en un teatro de Nueva York, esperando que llegase su oportunidad.
Por fin, en 1955, Segal debutó en el teatro con la obra Don Juan, de Molière. Al año siguiente actuó en otra obra, esta vez de Eugene O’Neill. A continuación tuvo que cumplir el servicio militar. A su regreso, consiguió participar en el festival Shakespeare de Nueva York, hasta que en 1960 tuvo su primer éxito importante en The Premise, una obra con características de revista, que estuvo en cartel durante un plazo prolongado.
En 1961 Segal actuó en su primera película. En los años siguientes hizo varias películas más, aunque en todos los casos en papeles pequeños. En la película de Stanley Kramer de 1965 Ship of Fools ya comenzó a ser conocido. Sin embargo, fue con el film de ese mismo año King Rat, una historia sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial, con el que saltó a la fama como actor de cine. Mientras rodaba esas películas, Segal continuó actuando en el teatro, donde trabajó también con el director Mike Nichols, con quien coincidió en 1966 en el rodaje de Quién teme a Virginia Woolf, película que cosechó varios Oscar.
En los años siguientes Segal intervino en multitud de películas, generalmente en papeles principales o secundarios importantes. Sus dotes de interpretación son extensas, y es capaz de actuar en papeles cómicos con la misma facilidad que en papeles dramáticos. Su aspecto risueño le ha hecho ganar la simpatía de las audiencias.
Segal fue introduciéndose también en la televisión, aunque hasta la década de los años 90 no comenzó a trabajar en serio en este medio. Desde entonces ha intervenido regularmente en una o dos producciones de películas o mini-series para la televisión cada año, hasta el extremo de que últimamente parece sentirse más a gusto en este medio que en el cine. Con sus intervenciones en televisión ha cosechado también un notable éxito.
Segal se casó en tres ocasiones. Con su primera esposa tuvo dos hijas. Su segundo matrimonio duró hasta 1996, año en que falleció su esposa. En ese mismo año se volvió a casar por tercera vez.
En el año 1974 se publica el LP A Touch of Ragtime, figurando como George Segal and the Imperial Jazzband. En la portada del disco se lo ve sonriente con un banjo. Entre otros, participa en este disco Harry Nilsson.

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  • Fecha de nacimiento: 1934-02-13
  • Lugar de nacimiento: Great Neck, New York

English

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).','From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis (April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an American theater and film actress. In 1966, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sandy Dennis, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.','','

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