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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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Born:
Feb 24, 1921 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
71
First Appeared:
In the series Westinghouse Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Series Tattletales 2017
Known For
Poster of TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV
Poster of B.L. Stryker
Poster of The Captain and Tennille
Poster of Tony Orlando and Dawn
Filmography

Tattletales (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Dinah! (2018)

Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003)

Series
as Unknown

Deadline (2000)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Family Guy (1999)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.6 668 votes

Just the Ticket (1999)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Arty
6.0 7 votes

The Norm Show (1999)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8 2 votes

A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998)

Drama Action Thriller Romance
Movie
as Uncle Guy
5 1 votes

Witness To The Mob (1998)

TV Movie Crime Drama
Movie
as Paul Castellano
6.0 5 votes

Good Burger (1997)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Otis
5.3 90 votes

Love Is All There Is (1996)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Rudy
5.5 2 votes

Underworld (1996)

Drama Action Comedy Thriller
Movie
as Will Cassady

Promised Land (1996)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Jury Duty (1995)

Action Comedy Drama Thriller
Movie
as Judge Powell
4.0 31 votes

Weird Science (1994)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.3 15 votes

Sugar Hill (1994)

Drama Action Thriller
Movie
as Gus Molino
5.0 12 votes

North (1994)

Comedy Drama Family Fantasy Science Fiction
Movie
as Alaskan Grandpa
4.9 60 votes

Touched by an Angel (1994)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Family
Series
as Unknown
5.2 18 votes

Fist of Honor (1993)

Adventure Drama Action Thriller
Movie
as Victor Malucci
5.5 2 votes

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
7.1 34 votes

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Action Adventure Animation Family
Movie
as Salvatore Valestra (voice)
7.3 161 votes

Diagnosis: Murder (1993)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 10 votes

Lucky Luke (1992)

Western Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 2 votes

Mad About You (1992)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.0 52 votes

Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Fantasy Comedy Science Fiction Romance
Movie
as Chief of the Waponis
5.5 135 votes

Keaton's Cop (1990)

Crime
Movie
as Louis Keaton

Law & Order (1990)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 103 votes

Wings (1990)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 36 votes

The Black Stallion (1990)

Action & Adventure Drama Family
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

B.L. Stryker (1989)

Series
as Unknown

Look Who's Talking (1989)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Grandpa
5.7 445 votes

Prancer (1989)

Drama Family Fantasy
Movie
as Orel Benton
5.7 16 votes

Plain Clothes (1988)

Comedy Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as Mr. Wiseman
7.6 7 votes

Superboy (1988)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.5 1 votes

Monsters (1988)

Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 4 votes

Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Abe

The Stuff (1985)

Horror Comedy Science Fiction
Movie
as Stuff Commercial Spokesman
5.9 81 votes

Cannonball Run II (1984)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Caesar
5.3 73 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.2 36 votes

Harper Valley PTA (1981)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
4 2 votes

Supertrain (1979)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

B. J. and the Bear (1979)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.3 3 votes

Sweepstakes (1979)

Series
as Unknown

Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Mr. Frisch
6.7 6 votes

The Littlest Hobo (1979)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Vega$ (1978)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 3 votes

The Cheap Detective (1978)

Comedy Thriller Crime Mystery
Movie
as Sergeant Rizzuto
6.5 15 votes

Fish (1977)

Comedy
Series

Eight Is Enough (1977)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
5.8 6 votes

The Love Boat (1977)

Drama Comedy Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.7 28 votes

The Bionic Woman (1976)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.4 19 votes

The Captain and Tennille (1976)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Barney Miller (1975)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 18 votes

Newman's Law (1974)

Action Crime
Movie
as John Dellanzia

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Tessio
8.2 3020 votes

Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974)

Family Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Devil's Daughter (1973)

Horror TV Movie
Movie
as Alikhine
6.3 5 votes

Toma (1973)

Series
as Unknown

Kojak (1973)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 19 votes

The Don Is Dead (1973)

Action Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Don Talusso
5.5 4 votes

The Rookies (1972)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Godfather (1972)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Salvatore "Sally" Tessio
8.4 5368 votes

The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Cannon (1971)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.0 5 votes

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 20 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 11 votes

Dark Shadows (1966)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy Soap
Series
as Unknown
7.4 15 votes

Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965)

Movie
as Waiter (uncredited)
5 1 votes

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
9.1 15 votes

Suspense (1949)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes