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      Abe Vigoda

      Abe Vigoda

      Highest Rated: 97% The Godfather (1972)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 24, 1921

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Image was everything in Hollywood, and Abe Vigoda's unusual look became his ticket to fame and fortune. The dour-faced character actor was best known for playing gritty Mafioso types, most notably as the scheming Tessio in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974). But he was more than just a tough guy; he was also a gifted comedic actor. Audiences remembered him as the aging, cynical Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the hit sitcom "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-1982) - a role that earned Vigoda Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for three years in a row, between 1976 and 1978. It wasn't until 1982, however, when the actor really made headlines after a People magazine article mistakenly reported he was dead. Vigoda had a good laugh over it and always appeared to be in on the joke. The question "Is Abe Vigoda still alive?" lasted for several years, resurfacing in skits for David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's late night shows, ironically giving the actor a new life as a beloved TV icon to generations of viewers not even born when he was stealing scenes on "Barney Miller." Abe Vigoda died at his home in Woodland Park, NJ, on January 26, 2016. He was 94.

      Highest rated movies

      The Godfather The Godfather, Part II
      Joe Versus the Volcano
      Prancer
      Witness to the Mob
      The Don Is Dead
      Look Who's Talking
      The Cheap Detective

      Photos

      CANNONBALL RUN II, Abe Vigoda, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. CANNONBALL RUN II, (top to bottom): Susan Anton, Catherine Bach, Foster Brooks, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tim Conway, Tony Danza, Jack Elam, Michael Gazzo, Richard Kiel, Don Knotts, Ricardo Montalban, Jim Nabors, Louis Nye, Molly Picon, Charles Nelson Reill THE GODFATHER, Abe Vigoda, Richard S. Castellano, Marlon Brando, 1972 JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, Tom Hanks, Abe Vigoda, 1990 THE GODFATHER, Abe Vigoda, Richard S. Castellano, John Cazale, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, 1972 CANNONBALL RUN II, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan, Abe Vigoda, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jamie Farr, Marilu Henner, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Bach, 1984. JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, Tom Hanks, Abe Vigoda, Meg Ryan, 1990 JURY DUTY, Abe Vigoda, 1995, (c) TriStar GOOD BURGER, Abe Vigoda, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, 1997, (c)Paramount CANNONBALL RUN II, Sammy Davis Jr. (second from left), Dean Martin, Abe Vigoda, Henry Silva, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. THE GODFATHER, Abe Vigoda, Marlon Brando, John Cazale, James Caan, Robert Duvall, 1972 GOOD BURGER, Kel Mitchell, Abe Vigoda (center), Kenan Thompson, 1997, (c)Paramount LOOK WHO'S TALKING, Jason Schaller, Abe Vigoda, 1989, (c) TriStar JOE VS. THE VOLCANO, Abe Vigoda, 1990, (c) Warner Brothers

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 42% The Unknown Trilogy Uncle Morty (Character) - 2008
      33% 57% Wanted Angelo Giancarlo (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The End of the Bar Unknown (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tea Cakes or Cannoli Unknown (Character) - 2001
      23% 38% Just the Ticket Arty (Character) $427.9K 1999
      60% 84% Witness to the Mob Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Don Frito Layleone (Character) - 1997
      33% 63% Good Burger Otis (Character) $23.7M 1997
      No Score Yet 28% A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 43% Underworld Will Cassady (Character) $12.6K 1996
      No Score Yet 47% Love Is All There Is Rudy (Character) $61.3K 1996
      0% 26% Jury Duty Judge Powell (Character) $14.8M 1995
      14% 27% North Alaskan Grandpa (Character) $6.6M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fist of Honor Victor Malucci (Character) - 1993
      83% 88% Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Salvatore 'Sal the Wheezer' Valestra (Voice) $5.0M 1993
      No Score Yet 9% Me and the Kid Pawn Broker (Character) $45.7K 1993
      20% 69% Sugar Hill Gus Molino (Character) $18.3M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home of Angels Grandpa (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 33% Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton (Character) - 1990
      67% 54% Joe Versus the Volcano Chief of the Waponis (Character) $39.1M 1990
      55% 47% Look Who's Talking Grandpa (Character) $137.0M 1989
      67% 58% Prancer Orel Benton (Character) $18.1M 1989
      No Score Yet 61% Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman (Character) $222.7K 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Detective Abe Fossi (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 29% Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch (Character) - 1979
      53% 57% The Cheap Detective Sergeant Rizzuto (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Having Babies Al Schneider (Character) - 1976
      96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Sal Tessio (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd Dominic Morrell (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best of All the Safecrackers Donzer (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newman's Law John Dellanzia (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 29% The Devil's Daughter Alikhine (Character) - 1973
      60% 25% The Don Is Dead Don Talusso (Character) - 1973
      97% 98% The Godfather Sal Tessio (Character) $134.8M 1972

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Himself (Guest Voice) 2001
      67% No Score Yet Norm Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weird Science Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote George (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barney Miller Det. Phil Fish (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1975-1978 1981-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Phil 'The Dancer' Gabriel (Guest Star) 1974 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fish Det. Phil Fish (Character) 1977-1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Barlow (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Mr. Couzellous (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Kilty (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Anton Valine (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1949