The episode concluded with a brief compilation of moments featuring the actor from his eight-year run on the ABC comedy. He played Albert “Pops” Solomon, the wise and somewhat offbeat grandfather who often helped Adam, played Sean Giambrone, in his escapades, while also offering sage advice.
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“Dedicated to our friend, George,” read a message at the end of the episode before a series of memorable moments ran, including Segal and Giambrone in character dressed up as Ghostbusters, which he referred to as “Ghostfellas.”
“Usually, people just pretend to listen to me and then do whatever they want,” he said as images of him in various costumes and hugging other co-stars, including Wendi McLendon-Covey and Hayley Orrantia, played.
“If you just believe in yourself, like I do, you can’t lose,” he said.
“We will miss you, George,” another message read as the tribute drew to a close.
Wednesday’s episode was quintessential Pops, in which he played a supporting role to Adam, who worried his girlfriend, Brea, thought his life was too easy.
"Instead of trying to convince Brea that you're not spoiled, why don't you show her by getting a (bleeping) job?" Pops suggests at one point, prompting Adam to get a gig at the ice cream shop where his girlfriend works.
Segal, who died from complications following bypass surgery, was a decorated actor and earned an Oscar nomination for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He also appeared in films “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “The Hot Rock” and “A Touch of Class.”
Segal also appeared on many TV shows prior to “The Goldbergs,” most notably as magazine publisher Jack Gallo on “Just Shoot Me!”