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Also Known As: Died: January 26, 2016
Born: February 24, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1973:
Made TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Daughter" (ABC)
1969:
Played brief recurring role of Ezra Braithwaite on the ABC cult gothic horror serial "Dark Shadows"
1987:
Played the role of the murderous Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway revival of Joseph Kesselring's classic black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace"
1974:
Reprised the role of Tessio for the sequel "The Godfather, Part II"
1951:
Acted as "straight man" for Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn on the NBC variety show "All-Star Revue"
1977:
Carried over the role of Phil Fish to the ABC spinoff comedy series "Fish"; continued to play the role on "Barney Miller" as well for a time in 1977; after "Fish" went off the air, asked to return to "Barney Miller," but the producers felt he wanted too much money and turned him down
1987:
Reporter for Secaucus, NJ station WWOR Channel 9 erroneously referred to him as "the late Abe Vigoda," which started a running gag about his "death"
1993:
Co-starred in the martial arts drama "Fist of Honor"
1997:
Character he played in "Good Burger" uttered the punchline "I should've died years ago," referring to the actor's running gag
2006:
Reprised Tessio role in voiceover for series of video games based on "The Godfather"
1998:
Featured in the NBC movie "Witness to the Mob" opposite Nicholas Turturro, Tom Sizemore, and Debi Mazar
2010:
Co-starred with Betty White in a Snickers commercial that debuted during "Super Bowl XLIV" telecast (CBS)
1982:
Erroneously reported as having died by <i>People</i> magazine; claimed the error cost him work
1974:
Played Sergeant Phil Fish on the ABC comedy series "Barney Miller"; received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1976, 1977, 1978)
1972:
Landed first prominent feature film credit, as double-crossing mobster Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"
1989:
Played the grandpa in the comedy feature "Look Who's Talking"
2005:
Began a series of cameos and guest appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC)
2014:
Played his first romantic role in the independent film "Sweet Destiny," opposite model Carmen Dell'Orefice.

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