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Hollywood Pays Tribute to George Segal: "Basically Everything He Did Was Iconic"

Barbra Streisand, 'The Goldbergs' creator Adam Goldberg, Ben Stiller and WGAW president David A. Goodman were among those who shared messages on social media.

In the wake of George Segal's death on Tuesday, Hollywood stars took to social media to share memories and tributes to the Oscar-nominated film and television actor.

He died of complications from bypass surgery, his wife, Sonia, said. Segal was 87.

The actor was most associated with playing brainy, neurotic characters in comedies such as Fun With Dick and Jane and The Owl and the Pussycat. In 1967, he was nominated for an Oscar for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Barbra Streisand, who starred opposite Segal in The Owl and the Pussycat, tweeted a photo of the two of them together and wrote, "So sorry to hear about George Segal's passing. We had such fun making Owl and the Pussycat. May he Rest In Peace..."

He starred for seven seasons on the NBC workplace comedy Just Shoot Me! as publisher Jack Gallo.

Segal's most recent role was Albert "Pops" Solomon in sitcom The Goldbergs.

The Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg shared on Twitter, "Today we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark. I think these memories say it all ... "

The ABC show included a brief tribute to the actor on Wednesday night.

"My personal favorite George Segal movie is “The Hot Rock," tweeted Ben Stiller. "What a career. What a nice man, what an iconic cool funny 70’s movie star. #RIP."

Among the other stars who shared on social media, Melissa Joan Hart wrote, "Shocked and saddened to hear of #GeorgeSegal passing away! From being on set of #JustShootMe to directing him on #Goldbergs, he was a true gem and great man. He will be missed!"

Segal's Love & Other Drugs co-star Josh Gad also shared a message. "So beyond sad and heartbroken to say goodbye to my film dad, the late, great #GeorgeSegal - I was so starstruck on set. To my surprise he not only let me ask him about all of his incredible experiences but indulged me in stories I could have never possibly imagined. RIP."

David A. Goodman, president of the Writers Guild of America, West, wrote on Twitter, "I was in a writers room once about 20 years ago and George Segal suddenly walked in and said, “Are these the writers?  I want to meet the writers!” He shook hands with all of us and then left. RIP."

Writer-producer Larry Charles shared on Twitter, "Though he was a brilliant comedian, when I think of movies like California Split or Blume in Love or Terminal Man or Born to Win I think of George Segal as one of our most underrated and versatile actors. #RIPGeorgeSegal."

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