|Born||Abraham Charles Vigodah
February 24, 1921
New York City, U.S.
|Died||January 26, 2016
Woodland Park, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Abe Vigoda|
|Years active||1949 – 2014|
|Known for||Playing "Sal Tessio" in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974)|
Abe Vigoda (February 24, 1921 – January 26, 2016) was an actor in both television and movie. His most well known roles are playing mobster Sal Tessio in the movies The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, and playing Detective Phil Fish on television shows Barney Miller and Fish, Fish having been a spinoff of Barney Miller.
Multiple death hoax[change | change source]
In 1982, People magazine said that Vigoda had died, even though he did not. Vigoda took the error with a sense of humor, even appearing in a picture where he was in a coffin, holding said magazine. Since then, the false death information, as well as the question to whether Vigoda is dead or alive, has been used as a joke sometimes on various television shows and internet websites, including abevigoda.com, a website that says if Vigoda is alive or dead.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Italie, Hillel. "Abe Vigoda, sunken-eyed character actor, dead at 94". Associated Press. Retrieved January 26, 2016.