Abe Vigoda

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.
Name Abe Vigoda
Also Known As Abraham Charles Vigodah
Birthday 1921-02-24
Deathday 2016-01-26
Gender Male
IMDB Abe Vigoda profile on IMDB
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
As: Salvatore "Sally" Te
1972-03-15
The Godfather...
As: Alaskan Grandpa
1994-07-22
North...
As: Caesar
1984-06-29
Cannonball Run II...
As: Orel Benton
1989-11-17
Prancer...
As: Grandpa
1989-10-13
Look Who's Talking...
As: Arty
1999-02-26
Just the Ticket...
As: Sergeant Rizzuto
1978-06-23
The Cheap Detective...
As: Salvatore Valestra (
1993-12-25
Batman: Mask of the ...
As: Paul Castellano
1998-05-10
Witness to the Mob...
As: Gus Molino
1994-02-25
Sugar Hill...
As: Uncle Guy
1998-01-01
A Brooklyn State of ...
As: Judge Powell
1995-04-12
Jury Duty...
As: Victor Malucci
1993-05-19
Fist of Honor...
As: Rudy
1996-05-10
Love Is All There Is...
As: Will Cassady
1997-05-09
Underworld...
As: Don Talusso
1973-11-14
The Don Is Dead...
As: Alikhine
1973-01-09
The Devil's Daughter...
As: Louis Keaton
1990-03-09
Keaton's Cop...
As: Mr. Frisch
1979-09-24
Death Car on the Fre...
As: John Dellanzia
1974-08-21
Newman's Law...
As: Otis
1997-07-25
Good Burger...
As: Mr. Wiseman
1988-01-01
Plain Clothes...
As: Tessio
1974-12-20
The Godfather: Part ...
As: Chief of the Waponis
1990-03-09
Joe Versus the Volca...
As: Abe
1986-01-01
Vasectomy: A Delicat...
As: Don Frito Layleone
1995-01-01
The Misery Brothers...
As: Stuff Commercial Spo
1985-06-14
The Stuff...
As: Waiter (uncredited)
1965-11-10
Three Rooms in Manha...
As: Unknown
1976-03-05
Joys...
As: Carnival Pitchman
1981-02-08
The Big Stuffed Dog...
As: Penguin from Boca (v
2006-12-01
Farce of the Penguin...
As: The Watcher
2004-06-09
1 Night in Paris...
As: Unknown
1999-01-31
Family Guy...
As: Unknown
1977-09-24
The Love Boat...
As: Sal
1994-09-21
Touched by an Angel...
As: Unknown
1962-10-01
The Tonight Show Sta...
As: Unknown
2000-10-02
Deadline...
As: Unknown
1967-09-16
Mannix...
As: Unknown
1966-06-27
Dark Shadows...
As: Unknown
1975-01-23
Barney Miller...
As: Unknown
1988-10-08
Superboy...
As: Unknown
1993-09-13
Late Night with Cona...
As: Unknown
1977-02-05
Fish...
As: Unknown
1992-03-20
Lucky Luke...
As: Unknown
1984-09-30
Murder, She Wrote...
As: Unknown
1992-09-23
Mad About You...
As: Unknown
1990-09-13
Law & Order...
As: Unknown
1979-02-07
Supertrain...
As: Unknown
1979-02-10
B. J. and the Bear...
As: Unknown
1981-01-16
Harper Valley...
As: Unknown
1972-09-11
The Rookies...
As: Unknown
1990-09-15
The Black Stallion...
As: Unknown
1999-03-24
The Norm Show...
As: Unknown
1976-01-14
The Bionic Woman...
As: Unknown
1968-09-20
Hawaii Five-O...
As: Unknown
1990-04-19
Wings...
As: Unknown
1993-10-29
Diagnosis: Murder...
As: Unknown
1973-10-24
Kojak...
As: Unknown
1994-03-05
Weird Science...
As: Unknown
1948-11-07
Studio One...
As: Unknown
1977-03-15
Eight Is Enough...
As: Unknown
1971-09-14
Cannon...
As: Unknown

Tattletales...
As: Unknown
1988-10-01
Monsters...
As: Unknown
1978-04-25
Vega$...
As: Unknown
1996-09-17
Promised Land...
As: Unknown
1972-09-17
The Sandy Duncan Sho...
As: Unknown

Dinah!...
As: Unknown
1979-10-11
The Littlest Hobo...
As: Unknown
1973-03-21
Toma...
As: Unknown
1949-01-06
Suspense...
As: Unknown
1979-01-26
Sweepstakes...
As: Unknown
1976-09-20
The Captain and Tenn...
As: Unknown
2003-03-12
TV Land Awards: A Ce...
As: Unknown
1974-12-04
Tony Orlando and Daw...
As: Unknown
1989-02-13
B.L. Stryker...
As: Phil 'The Dancer' Ga
1974-03-27
The Rockford Files...