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Abe Vigoda

Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing. Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and plodded away in small theater shows for over 20 years. For the majority of film-goers, Vigoda first came to prominence in The Godfather (1972) as the double-crossing Tessio, pleading with Robert Duvall to get him off the hook "for old times' sake." He also appeared in its sequel. Vigoda had roles in a few nondescript TV films before landing the plum part of Sgt. Phil Fish on the brilliant sitcom Barney Miller (1974). Perhaps his best known role, Sgt. Fish proved popular enough to be spun off to his own (short-lived) series Fish (1977). With his long face and unusual looks, Vigoda remained in high demand in mafioso-type roles, and for a while in the mid-1980s, he was mistakenly believed to have been dead, leading producers to remark, "I need an Abe Vigoda type actor," not realizing Vigoda was still alive and well. The 1990s and beyond became busy again for him, with appearances in North (1994), The Misery Brothers (1995), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998), and Crime Spree (2003). He continued acting into his 90s, surprising audiences with his entertaining style. Abe Vigoda died in his sleep on January 26, 2016 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Feb 24, 1921 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Westinghouse Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Series Dinah! 2017
Known For
Poster of Good Burger
Poster of The Black Stallion
Poster of Tattletales
Poster of El Padrino
Series Dinah! Unknown 2017
Series TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV Unknown 2003-03-12
Series Deadline Unknown 2000-10-02
Series Padre de familia Unknown 1999-01-31
Película Como caído del cielo Arty 1999-02-26
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Película A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998-01-01
Película Witness to the Mob Paul Castellano 1998-05-10
Película Good Burger Otis 1997-07-25
Película El amor es lo único que existe Rudy 1996-05-10
Película Underworld Will Cassady 1996-06-01
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Película The Misery Brothers Don Frito Layleone 1995-01-01
Película ¿Y dónde está el jurado? Judge Powell 1995-04-12
Series Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Película Sugar Hill Gus Molino 1994-02-25
Película Un muchacho llamado Norte Alaskan Grandpa 1994-07-22
Series Tocados por un ángel Unknown 1994-09-21
Película Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1993-05-19
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Película Batman: La máscara del fantasma Salvatore Valestra (voice) 1993-12-25
Series Diagnóstico: Asesinato Unknown 1993-10-29
Series Lucky Luke Unknown 1992-03-20
Series Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Película Joe contra el volcán Chief of the Waponis 1990-03-09
Película El retorno de Keaton Louis Keaton 1990-03-09
Series Ley y orden Unknown 1990-09-13
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Series The Black Stallion Unknown 1990-09-15
Series B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Película Mira quien habla Grandpa 1989-10-12
Película Prancer Orel Benton 1989-11-17
Película Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1988-01-01
Series Superboy Unknown 1988-10-08
Series Monsters Unknown 1988-10-01
Película Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Abe 1986-01-01
Película In-natural Stuff Commercial Spokesman 1985-06-14
Película Los locos del Cannonball II Caesar 1984-06-29
Series Se ha escrito un crimen Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Harper Valley Unknown 1981-01-16
Series Sweepstakes Unknown 1979-01-26
Series Supertrain Unknown 1979-02-07
Series The Littlest Hobo Unknown 1979-10-11
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Película Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch 1979-09-24
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-04-25
Película El detective barato Sergeant Rizzuto 1978-06-23
Series Vacaciones en el mar Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Fish 1977-02-05
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Series La mujer biónica Unknown 1976-01-14
Series The Captain and Tennille Unknown 1976-09-20
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Series Tattletales Unknown 1974-02-18
Película Newman's Law John Dellanzia 1974-08-21
Película El Padrino. Parte II Tessio 1974-12-20
Series Tony Orlando and Dawn Unknown 1974-12-04
Película The Devil's Daughter Alikhine 1973-01-09
Series Toma Unknown 1973-03-21
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Película El Don ha muerto Don Talusso 1973-11-14
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Película El Padrino Salvatore "Sally" Tessio 1972-03-14
Series The Sandy Duncan Show Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Hawai 5-0 Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Dark Shadows Unknown 1966-06-27
Película Trois chambres à Manhattan Waiter (uncredited) 1965-11-10
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Westinghouse Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07