Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 26 Jan 2016 (aged 94)
Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Elmont, Nassau County, New York, USA
Plot Section A, Block 6
Memorial ID 157477529 · View Source
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Actor. He was a prolific performer who made memorable appearances on television and film over a career that spanned eight decades. Born Abraham Charles Vigoda, he began acting in his teens and made his first television appearance in 1949 on 'Studio One'. He would go on to have roles in dozens of TV shows and series, most notably as Sgt. Phil Fish on ABC's 'Barney Miller' from 1975 to 1977, then starring in the spinoff 'Fish' from 1977 to 1978. He first appeared on film in 'Three Rooms in Manhattan' (1965), but his most memorable role would be as mobster Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' (1972) and 'The Godfather Part II' (1974). Among other films he would appear in were 'The Don Is Dead' (1973), 'The Cheap Detective' (1978), 'Gridlock' (1980), 'Cannonball Run II' (1984), 'Plain Clothes' (1988), 'Look Who's Talking' (1989), 'Joe Versus the Volcano' (1990), 'Me and the Kid' (1993), 'Jury Duty' (1995), 'A Brooklyn State of Mind' (1997), 'Witness to the Mob' (1998), 'Crime Spree' (2003), 'Frankie the Squirrel' (2007) and 'The Unknown Trilogy' (2008). Vigoda died in his sleep of natural causes.

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