Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Abe Vigoda

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Sad news today...

Character actor Abe Vigoda, who played the dilapidated Detective Phil Fish in the 1970s series Barney Miller and a short-lived spinoff and mafia soldier Sal Tessio in the first two Godfather films, has died. He was 94. 

Vigoda began acting in New York theater and with small roles in television. The turning point in his career came in 1972 when Francis Ford Coppola cast him as Vito Corleone’s old friend-turned-traitor Sal Tessio in the Oscar-winning film The Godfather. He also appeared briefly in The Godfather Part II in a flashback sequence at the end of the film.

Vigoda continued to work consistently in the ’80s and ’90s, with roles on Mike Hammer, Tales From The Darkside, MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order, Wings and soaps As the World Turns and Santa Barbara. He also played gangster Paul Castellano in NBC’s Witness To The Mob.

He was always one of those actors that worked constantly and was always fun to watch. He had a very long career and life...and died in his sleep.

You really can't ask for more than that.

He will be missed.

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