Martin Segal (Martin Segal)

Martin Segal

Martin Eli Segal (July 4, 1916 – August 5, 2012) was a Russian-born American businessman. He was born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (now Belarus). Segal co-founded the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1969 with two other Lincoln Center executives, William F. May and Schuyler G. Chapin. he also served as the Film Society’s founding president and CEO until 1978.

Segal was born in Vitebsk, in 1916 and immigrated to the United States. He is a former Associated Press columnist and founder of human resource and benefits consulting firm, The Segal Group, which he founded in October, 1939. Segal served as the General Chairman of the Night of 100 Stars II on February 17, 1985, the first AIDS benefit held by the Actors’ Fund of America.  The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), located at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, was renamed for Segal in March 1999. It was originally founded as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA) in 1979. He died at his Manhattan home in 2012. He was 96.


  • July, 04, 1916
  • Vitebsk, Russia


  • August, 05, 2012
  • USA
  • Manhattan, New York

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