Character Actor Abe Vigoda Dead
The Godfather star Abe Vigoda has died, aged 94. The character actor passed away in his sleep at his home in New Jersey on Tuesday morning, his daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs told the Associated Press.
The Brooklyn, New York native began acting in the theater as a teen and went on to establish himself with parts in Broadway productions of Marat/Sade, The Man in the Glass Booth, Inquest, and Tough to Get Help. However, his breakout role came after he was cast as veteran mobster Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather in 1972. He also featured in a flashback sequence at the end of The Godfather Part II, and later became known for his portrayal of Detective Sergeant Phil Fish on 1970s sitcom Barney Miller and its spin-off series, Fish. Vigoda’s other film credits include Cannonball Run II, Look Who’s Talking, and Joe Versus the Volcano. The cause of death is old age, with Fuchs adding, “This man was never sick.” He was married twice, most recently to Beatrice Schy, who died in 1992.