Abe Vigoda Dead: Actor Dies at 94

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Abe Vigoda Dead

By Shari Weiss

Abe Vigoda Dead

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Abe Vigoda is dead. He was 94.

The actor passed away in his sleep at the home of his daughter, Carol, in New Jersey. His death is believed to be from natural causes. Vigoda, of course, is best known for the TV series “Barney Miller” and The Godfather films.

Vigoda initially worked in theater, with his career dating back to the 1940s. After several productions on Broadway, he landed the role of Salvatore Tessio in 1972’s The Godfather, and had a brief appearance in the classic movie’s sequel in 1974. It was in 1975 that he began playing Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on “Barney Miller.”

He brought his character to a short-lived spinoff called “Fish.” The role earned Vigoda several Emmy nominations. Other notable credits include Look Who’s Talking, Joe Versus the Volcano, “Dark Shadows,” “As The World Turns,” and “Santa Barbara.” He memorably appeared in a Super Bowl commercial with Betty White in 2010.

Vigoda, who in years past was the subject of several false death reports and hoaxes, is survived by his daughter and grandchildren, as well as a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his second wife, Betty, who died in 1992. Vigoda was previously wed to Carol’s mother, Sonja Gohlke. He is pictured above at the The Friars Club Salute to White in 2012.

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