Jeffrey Segal

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Jeffrey Segal
Jeffrey Segal.jpg
Segal in London, 2008
Born (1920-08-01)1 August 1920
London, England
Died 5 February 2015(2015-02-05) (aged 94)
London, England
Occupation Actor, scriptwriter
Years active 1934–2003

Jeffrey Segal (1 August 1920 – 5 February 2015) was an English actor and scriptwriter. He made his first screen appearance, as an extra, in the film Jud Süß (1934). From the early 1960s onwards he appeared in many British TV series, notably Callan,[1] Z-Cars, The Protectors,[2] Terry and June,[3] The Pallisers, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Dad's Army.[4]


Segal played "Arthur Perkins" in the children's comedy series Rentaghost,[5] a hotel guest - whose name was given, although this is never mentioned in dialogue, as Mr Heath in the credits; a hen-pecked husband and father of a babied spoiled brat - in the "Gourmet Night" episode of Fawlty Towers, and a civil servant in an episode in Yes Minister. He appeared in The Sweeney and Minder. In the mid-1980s he appeared in the mini-series of Oliver Twist and Vanity Fair, and most recently in an episode of Jonathan Creek.[6]

Segal broadcast on British radio over a long period, with more than one stint as a member of the BBC Drama Repertory Company (now the Radio Drama Company). He played parts as various as Agamemnon in Troilus and Cressida, Yasha in The Cherry Orchard and the Earl of Westmoreland in Henry V. He scripted programmes for BBC Radio, such as the series "Superintendent Pepper Remembers", in which he also acted, and at one time was a member of the scriptwriting team for "The Dales", another programme he sometimes took part in.[7] Segal also appeared in two episodes of the BBC's department store sitcom Are You Being Served.

Segal's stage work has been various over the years, including a great deal in London especially at the old Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, and also in the West End, such as "The Queen's Highland Servant" at the Savoy Theatre. He was in Love's Labour's Lost at the Open Air Theatre, Regents's Park. At Richmond (Surrey) he played Rosencrantz to Alan Wheatley's Hamlet. Later he performed in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, such as Much Ado About Nothing with Ralph Fiennes.[8]


Segal died on 5 February 2015, aged 94.[9]


  1. ^ Callan (TV series) profile,; accessed 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ The Protectors profile,; accessed 24 February 2015
  3. ^ Terry and June profile,; accessed 24 February 2015.
  4. ^ Segal profile,; accessed 24 February 2015.
  5. ^ Rentaghost profile,; accessed 24 February 2015.
  6. ^ Jeffrey Segal profile, imdb.coml accessed 24 February 2015.
  7. ^ Profile,; accessed 24 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Plot summary - MuchAdo about Nothing". The RSC Shakespeare. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  9. ^

Selected filmography[edit]