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Abe Vigoda

Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing. Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and plodded away in small theater shows for over 20 years. For the majority of film-goers, Vigoda first came to prominence in The Godfather (1972) as the double-crossing Tessio, pleading with Robert Duvall to get him off the hook "for old times' sake." He also appeared in its sequel. Vigoda had roles in a few nondescript TV films before landing the plum part of Sgt. Phil Fish on the brilliant sitcom Barney Miller (1974). Perhaps his best known role, Sgt. Fish proved popular enough to be spun off to his own (short-lived) series Fish (1977). With his long face and unusual looks, Vigoda remained in high demand in mafioso-type roles, and for a while in the mid-1980s, he was mistakenly believed to have been dead, leading producers to remark, "I need an Abe Vigoda type actor," not realizing Vigoda was still alive and well. The 1990s and beyond became busy again for him, with appearances in North (1994), The Misery Brothers (1995), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998), and Crime Spree (2003). He continued acting into his 90s, surprising audiences with his entertaining style. Abe Vigoda died in his sleep on January 26, 2016 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Feb 24, 1921 In New York City, New York, USA
Συνολικές συμμετοχές σε Ταινίες/Σειρές:
Πρώτη Εμφάνιση:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Τελευταία Εμφάνιση:
Movie Farce of the Penguins 2006-12-01
Γνωστος/η για...
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of B.L. Stryker
Poster of Ο Νονός
Movie Farce of the Penguins Penguin from Boca (voice) 2006-12-01
Movie 1 Night in Paris The Watcher 2004-06-09
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie Just the Ticket Arty 1999-02-26
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie Witness to the Mob Paul Castellano 1998-05-10
Movie A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998-01-01
Movie Good Burger Otis 1997-07-25
Movie Underworld Will Cassady 1996-06-01
Movie Love Is All There Is Rudy 1996-05-10
Movie Jury Duty Judge Powell 1995-04-12
Movie The Misery Brothers Don Frito Layleone 1995-01-01
Series Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Movie Sugar Hill Gus Molino 1994-02-25
Movie North Alaskan Grandpa 1994-07-22
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie Μπάτμαν: Η Μάσκα του Φαντάσματος Salvatore Valestra (voice) 1993-12-25
Series Diagnosis: Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1993-05-19
Series Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Series Lucky Luke Unknown 1992-03-20
Series The Adventures of the Black Stallion Unknown 1992-01-05
Series Νόμος και τάξη Unknown 1990-09-13
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Movie Ο Τζο ενάντια στο ηφαίστειο Chief of the Waponis 1990-03-09
Movie Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton 1990-03-09
Movie Prancer Orel Benton 1989-11-17
Movie Κοίτα ποιος μιλάει Grandpa 1989-10-12
Series B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Movie Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1988-01-01
Series Monsters Unknown 1988-10-01
Series Superboy Unknown 1988-10-08
Movie Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Abe 1986-01-01
Movie The Stuff Stuff Commercial Spokesman 1985-06-14
Series Η συγγραφέας ντετέκτιβ Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Cannonball Run II Caesar 1984-06-29
Series B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Movie Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch 1979-09-24
Series The Littlest Hobo Unknown 1979-10-11
Movie The Cheap Detective Sergeant Rizzuto 1978-06-23
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-04-25
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Series Fish 1977-02-05
Series The Captain and Tennille Unknown 1976-09-20
Movie Joys 1976-03-05
Series The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Movie Ο Νονός, Μέρος 2ο Tessio 1974-12-20
Series Tony Orlando and Dawn Unknown 1974-12-04
Movie Newman's Law John Dellanzia 1974-08-21
Movie The Don Is Dead Don Talusso 1973-11-14
Series Κότζακ Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie The Devil's Daughter Alikhine 1973-01-09
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie Ο Νονός Salvatore "Sally" Tessio 1972-03-14
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Dark Shadows Unknown 1966-06-27
Movie Three Rooms in Manhattan Waiter (uncredited) 1965-11-10
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07