(CNN) – George Sekel, a great actor with a career of more than six decades, was pronounced dead at the age of 87 by his wife on Tuesday.
“Tragically, the family announces the death of George Sekel this morning due to complications of bypass surgery,” Sonia Sekel said in a statement issued by Sony Television.
George Sekel was born on Long Island, New York, and his acting credits include “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” In 1966, he was nominated for an Oscar, and in 1973 received “A Touch of Glass”.
In the 1970s, he often starred in films such as “The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox” and “Fun with Dick and Jane”. In the 1990s, George Sekel became famous for his television roles in “Just Shoot Me!” There was also Jack Gallo, the owner of a somewhat fun fashion magazine.
In 2013, producer Adam F. Goldberg George Sekel was played by Albert “Pops” Solomon of the Jewish family in his semi-autobiographical series “The Goldbergs”.
“By pure rule, I was able to play the right person to play pops,” Goldberg said on Twitter on Tuesday. Like my grandfather, George was a child at heart with a magical spark.
His agent, Abe Hoch, described George Sekel as his close friend and client.
“I will miss his warmth, humor, friendship and camaraderie. He is a wonderful man,” she said in a statement issued by Sony.
CNN’s Sean Federico O’Marche contributed to the report.