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Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda, June 2007
Personal information
Birth nameAbraham Vigoda
Birth dateFebruary 24, 1921(age 96)
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
SpouseSonja Gohlke, 1st wife and Beatrice Schy,second wife 1968 92 (her death)

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Abraham "Abe" Vigoda (-envɨˈɡoʊdəpron; born February 24, 1921) is an American movie and television actor. Vigoda is well known for his portrayal of Sal Tessio in The Godfather, and for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the sitcom television series Barney Miller from 1975 1977 and on its spinoff show Fish that aired from February 1977 to June 1978 on ABC. Vigoda was still also appearing on Barney Miller at the same time as he was on Fish during the 1976 1977 TV season; at the start of the 1977 1978 season, his character retired from the police force and left Barney Miller to focus full time on the spinoff.

Following an erroneous report of his death in 1982, and another in 1987, Vigoda has been the subject of various running gags about whether he is alive or dead. A website was mounted and a Firefox extension was written solely to report on Vigoda's status. Good naturedly, he made regular appearances on various television shows to make fun of the error. In February 2010, Vigoda appeared with fellow octogenarian Betty White in a widely seen and well-liked Superbowl ad for Snickers candy bars.

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