R.I.P. Abe Vigoda


From ABC News:

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller” and the doomed Mafia soldier in “The Godfather,” died Tuesday at age 94.

Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.

His death brought to an end years of questions on whether he was still alive — sparked by a false report of his death more than three decades ago. Though Vigoda took it in stride, the question of whether he was dead or alive became something of a running joke: There was even a website devoted to answering the much-Googled question, “Is Abe Vigoda dead?” (On Tuesday, it had been updated with “Yes,” with the date of his death.)

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4 thoughts on “R.I.P. Abe Vigoda

  1. Who could forget Abe’s face? I remembered watching Barney Miller when he was on it. Wow..I actually thought that he died years ago.

    Anyways..RIP to a legend.

  2. When I read this, I immediately googled the ‘Columbo’ guy Peter Falk. Turns out he’s been dead for nearly 5 years as well. I don’t know which character Vigoda played in the ‘Godfather’ without googling it but based on memory I’m guessing the Mob Boss that Pacino offs along with Police Captain in at the eatery before running away to Sicily.

    1. Vigoda played the mod guy who kills himself because the mob threatened to kill his family (I think). R.I.P. He was a good actor. 😦

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