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1967: Segal takes ‘New Life’

A look back on film events

Nov.1, 1967

GOOD MORNING: George Segal sez he’s completed his “Jewish Period,” i.e. “Bye Bye Braverman” and “No Way to Treat a Lady” in which he’s a Yiddish cop. Now readying to raise his indie banner, he’s talking “A New Life” with Jerry Tukofsky at Col where Segal also has a one-year with the Gower gang. “The Mob” as well as “The Captain” shape up after his Italy outing with Virna Lisi … Segal, here to guest with the freres Smothers, is visiting the house he bought during “Virginia Woolf” and as yet uninhabited by him due to outa-town toiling … (2008 Update: George Segal says he never moved into that house. Terrence Malick moved in and wrote “Badlands” there — the house later burned down. Segal returned to Hollywood for the 1967 Oscars in which he was nominated for supporting actor in “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” (Walter Matthau won for “The Fortune Cookie”). Segal talks to Malick, who’s in Austin, and he’ll wing there for the film fest preem of the feature “Made For Each Other ” in which Segal plays Chris Masterson’s off-the-wall father. “In-one scene, I drink tequila — lime, salt and all — from the navel of a bar girl. And it tasted pretty good!” he laughed. Segal also played a grandfather in the final (pre-WGA strike) seg of “Private Practice.” He segues between stage, small-and big screen. And I last saw him at the Geffen costarring with Len Cariou and Richard Benjamin in “Heroes,” about three WWI veterans in a French military rehab hospital. Segal had worked before for Gil Cates in his feature, “The Last Married Couple In America.” The versatile Segal returns to the stage next month in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” costarring Richard and Ross Benjamin, directed by Jeffrey Hayden at the Odyssey. While Segal continues to ply his trade on the boards, he’s put his banjo playing “in retirement.” Reason: “you get calluses on your hands,” Segal says.)