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Abe Vigoda

Abe VigodaAKA Abraham Charles Vigoda

Born: 24-Feb-1921
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 26-Jan-2016
Location of death: Woodland Park, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fish on Barney Miller

Abe Vigoda was a struggling actor for decades. His first big break was a small, occasionally recurring role on Dark Shadows, the 1960s low-budget haunted house soap opera. A much bigger break was the role of the doomed mobster Tessio in 1972's The Godfather. In 1975, Vigoda landed "Fish," his most famous role, the perpetually complaining, decrepit senior citizen cop on as Barney Miller. Vigoda was only 54 at the time, and off-camera he was still in good shape, regularly jogging and playing handball. After playing the ancient detective on Barney Miller and its lukewarmly-received spin-off, Fish, Vigoda played old age for laughs in Look Who's Talking (1989) and an ongoing series of even more forgettable films. He played "Sal the Wheezer" in the cartoon Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

People magazine mistakenly reported Abe Vigoda's death in 1982. Decades later, people still stop Vigoda on the street and tell him he looks like the late Abe Vigoda.

Father: (tailor)
Wife: Beatrice Schy (m. 25-Feb-1968, d. 1992)
Daughter: Carol Vigoda Fuchs

    Friars Club

    Santa Barbara Lyle DeFranco (1989)
    As the World Turns Joe Kravitz (1985)
    Fish Det. Fish (1977-78)
    Barney Miller Det. Fish (1975-77)

    Farce of the Penguins (30-Jan-2007) [VOICE]
    Chump Change (20-Jan-2004) · The Frog
    Crime Spree (Mar-2003) · Giancarlo
    Just the Ticket (26-Feb-1999) · Arty
    Witness to the Mob (10-May-1998)
    Good Burger (25-Jul-1997) · Otis
    A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997) · Uncle Guy
    Underworld (Jun-1996) · Will Cassady
    Love Is All There Is (10-May-1996)
    Jury Duty (12-Apr-1995)
    North (22-Jul-1994) · Alaskan Grandpa
    Sugar Hill (25-Feb-1994) · Gus Molino
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (25-Dec-1993) [VOICE]
    Me and the Kid (22-Oct-1993)
    Joe Versus the Volcano (9-Mar-1990)
    Prancer (17-Nov-1989)
    Look Who's Talking (13-Oct-1989) · Grandpa
    Plain Clothes (15-Apr-1988) · Mr. Wiseman
    Keaton's Cop (1988) · Keaton
    Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (26-Sep-1986)
    The Stuff (14-Jun-1985)
    Cannonball Run II (29-Jun-1984)
    The Big Stuffed Dog (8-Feb-1981)
    The Great American Traffic Jam (2-Oct-1980)
    Death Car on the Freeway (25-Sep-1979)
    The Cheap Detective (23-Jun-1978)
    The Godfather: Part II (12-Dec-1974)
    Newman's Law (4-Jun-1974)
    The Don Is Dead (14-Nov-1973)
    The Godfather (15-Mar-1972) · Salvadore "Sally" Tessio
    Three Rooms in Manhattan (10-Nov-1965)

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