Born in a small town in upstate New York, Segal made his film debut in the early 1960s. After roles in the film drama “Ship of Fools” and “King Rat”, he made his breakthrough with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. For his supporting role in the strip, he was nominated for an Oscar in 1967.
By 2010 he starred in more than 50 films and in 1974 received the Golden Globe for best actor in the comedy “All That Love Went To Waste”.
Segal was also known for his numerous television roles. Since 2013 he played the grandfather in the comedy series “The Goldbergs”. He pursued his passion for the banjo in the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, which also performed at Carnegie Hall in 1981.