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Abe Vigoda

Biography

Actor who all portrayed Sal Tessio within the Godfather and played the type Phil Fish over the sitcom Barney Miller. He also made an appearance in the movies Joe Versus the Volcano, Great Burger and Jury Responsibility. He started his profession with a little roles on the tv screen series, Studio room One. His debut film was 1953’s The Joe Louis Tale. In 1982, Period Newspaper erred in printing his obituary, and he discovered the complete matter rather amusing. His sibling, Costs Vigoda, was a comic-book musician associated with the Archie franchise. He was wedded to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until her loss of life in 1992. He previously a daughter called Carol. He starred within the Godfather with Al Pacino.

Quick Facts


Full Name Abe Vigoda
Date Of Birth February 24, 1921
Died January 26, 2016, Woodland Park, New Jersey, United States
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, NY
Height 1.84 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education American Theatre Wing
Nationality American
Spouse Beatrice Schy
Children Carol Vigoda
Parents Lena Moses, Samuel Vigoda
Siblings Bill Vigoda, Hy Vigoda
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
Movies The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Look Who's Talking, Joe Versus the Volcano, Good Burger, Cannonball Run II, Prancer, Witness to the Mob, Crime Spree, The Cheap Detective, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Sugar Hill, Jury Duty, The Don Is Dead, Chump Change, Just the Ticket, A Brooklyn State of Mind, Love Is All There Is, Fist of Honor, The Misery Brothers, The Stuff, Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter, Me and the Kid, Keaton's Cop, The Devil's Daughter, Plain Clothes, Sweet Destiny, Death Car on the Freeway, The Big Stuffed Dog, North, Home of Angels, The Unknown Trilogy, The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd, Me and the Gods, Tea Cakes or Cannoli, New Video Works, 40 Bands 80 Minutes!, Mobster Movie, The Best of All the Safecrackers, Having Babies
TV Shows Barney Miller, Fish
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1 He is buried at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.
2 Had 3 grandchildren. Jamie, Paul, and Steven Fuchs.
3 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
4 Currently living in New York City [December 2005]
5 Best remembered by the public for his role as Detective Fish in Barney Miller (1974).
6 Abe's father Samuel Vigoda was a tailor in New York City.
7 According to director Francis Ford Coppola, Abe was cast for the role of "Tessio" in The Godfather (1972) from an open casting call. He was selected from a pool of 500 unknown actors who auditioned for that role.
8 Was portrayed by Michael J. Nelson on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
9 Was highly acclaimed playing the eponymous villain in "Richard III" for in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" production in the 1960s.
10 Was originally considered to play the part of The Monster in Mel Brooks' comedy classic Young Frankenstein (1974), given his height and tremendous resemblance to Boris Karloff.
11 Is a well respected and longstanding member of the New York Friar's Club.
12 In the 1980s, a well-known magazine referred to Vigoda as "the late Abe Vigoda" in a story, leading to the belief by many that he was dead. Abe enjoyed some publicity from the premature death announcement, even posing for a photograph while sitting up in a coffin!
13 Is a regularly recurring visitor on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).
14 Has one daughter, Carol.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sweet Destiny 2014
High School USA! 2013 TV Series Otto
The Unknown Trilogy 2008 Video Uncle Morty
Frankie the Squirrel 2007 Short Blind Uncle Morty
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition 2007 Video Game Sal Tessio (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005-2007 TV Series Ground Vigoda / Abe Viyoda
The Godfather: Mob Wars 2006 Video Game Salvatore Tessio (voice)
The Godfather 2006 Video Game Salvatore Tessio (voice)
Farce of the Penguins 2006 Penguin from Boca (voice)
Crime Spree 2003 Angelo Giancarlo
Deadline 2001 TV Series Joseph Spiaggio
Tea Cakes or Cannoli 2000
Chump Change 2000 The Frog
Manhattan, AZ 2000 TV Series Ben
Norm 1999 TV Series Sal
Just the Ticket 1999/I Arty
Mad About You 1999 TV Series Kalman Wertzel
Promised Land 1998 TV Series Albert Spokaine
Witness to the Mob 1998 TV Movie Paul Castellano
A Brooklyn State of Mind 1998 Uncle Guy
Farticus 1997 Zeus
Good Burger 1997 Otis
Touched by an Angel 1997 TV Series Receptionist Angel
Wings 1996 TV Series Harry
Underworld 1996 Will Cassady
Love Is All There Is 1996 Rudy
Weird Science 1996 TV Series Old Man Lisa
Law & Order 1996 TV Series Ret. Detective Landis
The Misery Brothers 1995 Don Frito Layleone
Jury Duty 1995 Judge Powell
Home of Angels 1994 Grandpa
Diagnosis Murder 1994 TV Series Alfredo Bartolo / Al Bartell / Mr. Johnson
North 1994 Alaskan Grandpa
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 Salvatore Valestra (voice)
Me and the Kid 1993 Pawn Broker
Sugar Hill 1993 Gus Molino
Fist of Honor 1993 Victor Malucci
Lucky Luke 1992 TV Series Judge Rinehart
Murder, She Wrote 1991 TV Series George
The New Adventures of the Black Stallion 1990 TV Series D. J. Lancaster
MacGyver 1990 TV Series Bill Cody
Monsters 1990 TV Series Dolan
Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 Chief of the Waponis
Keaton's Cop 1990 Louis Keaton
Prancer 1989 Orel Benton
Look Who's Talking 1989 Grandpa
Santa Barbara 1989 TV Series Lyle DeFranco
B.L. Stryker 1989 TV Series
Superboy 1988 TV Series Mr. Wagner
Plain Clothes 1987 Mr. Wiseman
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter 1986 Detective Abe Fossi
Tales from the Darkside 1986 TV Series Jake Corelli
The Stuff 1985 Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
The New Mike Hammer 1984 TV Series Arthur
Cannonball Run II 1984 Caesar
Harper Valley P.T.A. 1981 TV Series Slick
Barney Miller 1974-1981 TV Series Det. Phil Fish
The Big Stuffed Dog 1981 TV Movie Carnival Pitchman
Gridlock 1980 TV Movie Herb
The Littlest Hobo 1980 TV Series Howard Mattson
B.J. and the Bear 1979 TV Series Grandpa Ben Rule
Death Car on the Freeway 1979 TV Movie Mr. Frisch
Fantasy Island 1979 TV Series Joe Lange / Sid Gordon
Eight Is Enough 1979 TV Series Ben Ryan
Supertrain 1979 TV Series Ray Yellburton
$weepstake$ 1979 TV Series Anthony
The Love Boat 1979 TV Series Charlie Fletcher
How to Pick Up Girls! 1978 TV Movie Nathan Perlmutter
The Rockford Files 1974-1978 TV Series Phil 'The Dancer' Gabriel / Al Dancer
Vega$ 1978 TV Series Max
The Comedy Company 1978 TV Movie Jake
The Cheap Detective 1978 Sgt. Rizzuto
Fish 1977-1978 TV Series Det. Phil Fish
The Godfather: A Novel for Television 1977 TV Mini-Series Sal Tessio (uncredited)
The Bionic Woman 1976 TV Series Barlow
Having Babies 1976 TV Movie Al Schneider
Cannon 1975 TV Series Mr. Couzellous
The Godfather: Part II 1974 Tessio
Kojak 1974 TV Series Kilty
Hawaii Five-O 1974 TV Series Abe Kemper
Newman's Law 1974 John Dellanzia
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd 1974 TV Movie Dominic Morrell
Toma 1973-1974 TV Series Donzer
The Rookies 1974 TV Series Michael Lance
Love, American Style 1973 TV Series Mr. Burdick (segment "Love and the Unwedding")
The Don Is Dead 1973 Don Talusso
Mannix 1973 TV Series Anton Valine
The Devil's Daughter 1973 TV Movie Alikhine
The Godfather 1972 Tessio
Dark Shadows 1969-1970 TV Series Ezra Braithwaite / Otis Greene
Trois chambres 1965 Waiter (uncredited)
As the World Turns 1956 TV Series Joe Kravitz (1985)
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Guest Comic / Cab Driver
Studio One in Hollywood 1949 TV Series
Suspense 1949 TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Guy Dick Miller 2014 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cutaways 2014 Documentary short
Inside the 12th Precinct 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Salute to the Old One Two 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Underneath the Audience Seats / Himself - Tony Awards
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards 2005 TV Special Mike Delfino (segment "Desperate Classic Housewives")
Howard Stern 2005 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 TV Special Mr. Big ("Sex and the City" skit)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special 2003 TV Special Himself
Family Guy 2001 TV Series Himself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner 2000 TV Movie Himself
Reel to Reel 1998 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live 1996 TV Series Himself
The Dana Carvey Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
Dance Fever 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
The Hollywood Squares 1978 TV Series Guest Appearance
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White 1978 TV Special Himself - Comedian
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns 1978 TV Special Himself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Himself
Circus of the Stars #2 1977 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Magic of ABC 1977 TV Special Himself - Guest
Final Warning 1977 TV Special Himself
Break the Bank 1976-1977 TV Series Himself
Circus of the Stars 1977 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx 1976 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cos 1976 TV Series Himself
Tattletales 1976 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1976 TV Series Himself - Guest
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
Shaw vs. Shakespeare II: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar 1970 Documentary short Casca

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Conan 2016 TV Series Himself - Tribute
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2012 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series Himself
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 1992 Video Sal Tessio
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside 1990 TV Movie documentary Sal Tessio (uncredited)
Barney Miller 1979-1982 TV Series Det. Phil Fish
The Godfather: Behind the Scenes 1971 Documentary short Sal Tessio (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series Barney Miller (1974)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Barney Miller (1974)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Barney Miller (1974)


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#Quote
1 While living in Los Angeles, I'd jog three to five miles a day. One morning jogging, my agent calls about a new series called Barney Miller (1974), saying, "Go there at once." Well, I was tired and exhausted ... I must have run five miles that morning. I said. "I have to go home and take a shower." "No, no, no. go right now to Studio City, you're very right for it, they know you from The Godfather (1972), they want to see you." "With my shorts?" "Go". Danny Arnold and Ted Flicker, the producers, look at me, I look at them, they look at me again. "You look tired." "Of course I'm tired, I jogged five miles this morning, I'm exhausted." "Yeah, yeah, tell me, you look like you have haemorrhoids." "What are you, a doctor or a producer?"
2 I've always been content just to be working and making a modest living for my wife and child.
3 (Explaining how he ended up playing Det. Sgt. Fish on Barney Miller (1974)) "I got the role because the producer thought I looked tired. But I looked tired because I had been jogging earlier that day. He said to me, 'You look tired, Abe.' I said, 'I am. I was just jogging five miles.' He said, 'You also look like you have haemorrhoids.' I said, 'What are you? A doctor or a producer?' And he said, 'Well, I'm a producer and you know what? You've got the role.' Just like that."

#Trademark
1 Deep and distinctive voice
2 Thick, bushy eyebrows

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