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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:
72
Première apparrition :
In the series Westinghouse Studio One 1948-11-07
Dernier projet:
Series Tattletales 2018
Connu pour
Poster of TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV
Poster of B.L. Stryker
Poster of Sweepstakes
Poster of The Captain and Tennille
Filmographie
Series Tattletales Unknown 2018
Series Dinah! Unknown 2018
Series TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV Unknown 2003-03-12
Series Deadline Unknown 2000-10-02
Series Les Griffin Unknown 1999-01-31
Film Gary & Linda Arty 1999-02-26
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Film A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998-01-01
Film Mafia, la trahison de Gotti Paul Castellano 1998-05-10
Film Good Burger Otis 1997-07-25
Film Underworld Will Cassady 1996-06-01
Film Love Is All There Is Rudy 1996-05-10
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Film The Misery Brothers Don Frito Layleone 1995-01-01
Film Jury Duty Judge Powell 1995-04-12
Film Sugar Hill Gus Molino 1994-02-25
Series Code Lisa Unknown 1994-03-05
Film L'irrésistible North Alaskan Grandpa 1994-07-22
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Film Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1993-05-19
Series Diagnostic : Meurtre Unknown 1993-10-29
Film Batman contre le fantôme masqué Salvatore Valestra (voice) 1993-12-25
Series Lucky Luke Unknown 1992-03-20
Series Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Film Joe contre le volcan Chief of the Waponis 1990-03-09
Film Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton 1990-03-09
Series L'étalon noir Unknown 1990-09-15
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Series New York Police Judiciaire Unknown 1990-09-13
Series B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Film Jessie Et Le Petit Renne Du Père Noël Orel Benton 1989-11-17
Film Allô maman, ici bébé Grandpa 1989-10-12
Series Monsters Unknown 1988-10-01
Film Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1988-01-01
Series Superboy Unknown 1988-10-08
Film Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Abe 1986-01-01
Film The Stuff Stuff Commercial Spokesman 1985-06-14
Film L'Équipée du cannonball 2 Caesar 1984-06-29
Series Arabesque Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Harper Valley Unknown 1981-01-16
Series Supertrain Unknown 1979-02-07
Series Sweepstakes Unknown 1979-01-26
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Film Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch 1979-09-24
Series The Littlest Hobo Unknown 1979-10-11
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-04-25
Film Le privé de ces dames Sergeant Rizzuto 1978-06-23
Series Fish 1977-02-05
Series La croisière s'amuse Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Series Super Jaimie Unknown 1976-01-14
Series The Captain and Tennille Unknown 1976-09-20
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Film Le Parrain, 2ème partie Tessio 1974-12-20
Film Newman's Law John Dellanzia 1974-08-21
Series Tony Orlando and Dawn Unknown 1974-12-04
Film The Devil's Daughter Alikhine 1973-01-09
Series Toma Unknown 1973-03-21
Film Don Angelo est mort Don Talusso 1973-11-14
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Film Le Parrain Salvatore "Sally" Tessio 1972-03-14
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Sandy Duncan Show Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Hawaï police d'État Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Dark Shadows Unknown 1966-06-27
Film Trois chambres à Manhattan Waiter (uncredited) 1965-11-10
Series The Tonight Show avec Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Westinghouse Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07