Abe Vigoda, of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 94

Abe VigodaA long career.

  • marty_p

    Typical Anti-Semitic Toronto Star (and Crescent) refuses to acknowledge Vigoda was a Russian Jew despite common belief he was Italian…here’s what the Star has to say:

    NEW YORK—Character actor Abe Vigoda has died.

    Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep. He was 94 and had been staying at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She said the cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.

    Vigoda’s leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing his two most noted roles, the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller” and the doomed Mafia soldier in “The Godfather.”

    • Screw the Star.

      • Maggat

        You can, I’m not into that.

    • I didn’t know he was Jewish till now. His role in The Godfather was unforgettable.

  • SDMatt

    Loved him as Sal Tessio in The Godfather, loved him as Phil Fish on Barney Miller.

    Rest in peace Sir, and thank you for entertaining us.

  • Canadian

    Ah…Fish! Loved that character.

  • Maggat

    Good actor and a perfect fit on the Barney Miller Show.

  • andycanuck

    I just read a comment that said only Hal Linden, Max Gail and Ron Glass are left from Barney Miller.