Pops was the stoic, wealthy pillar of the family for years. Then his wife died, he retired and old age set in. That’s when he became a touch senile and majorly AWESOME. He has no filter anymore. He giggles, tells dirty jokes and will make friends with anyone. He dresses in leisure suits and dates an endless parade of younger gold diggers. He made a fortune from his store “The Ottoman Empire” – which he then passed down to Murray. Now, Pops spends his time gambling, investing in obscure businesses, courting an ongoing slate of women and of course, hanging with his grandkids. Erica, Barry and especially Adam adore Pops – he’s often the one they turn to when Murray is yelling and Beverly is smothering. Beverly treats Pops like another child in the house and he despises this. He is NOT a child... even though he can’t drive and forgets who he lends money to.
George Segal was born in Great Neck, New York in 1934. He had a magic act there when he was 10 and has been performing ever since.
A veteran of stage, television and film, Segal has amassed an impressive resume of projects that run the gamut, from the lightest of comedies to the most heart-wrenching of dramas.
He first gained critical attention as a distraught newlywed in Ship of Fools and as a P.O.W. in King Rat. He went on to garner an Oscar nomination for his performance as Nick in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Among his many feature comedies are Where's Poppa, The Owl and the Pussycat, A Touch of Class, Fun with Dick and Jane, Flirting with Disaster and Blume in Love.
Younger generations of viewers will recognize him from his successful seven-year run in Just Shoot Me, and more recently from his confident, jaunty turn as Hollywood manager Murray Berenson in the hit show Entourage. Other recent TV appearances include Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Boston Legal and Law & Order: SVU.
On the big screen, Segal appeared as Jake Gyllenhaal's father in Love and Other Drugs, as well as in Roland Emmerich's epic adventure, 2012.