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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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1951:
Acted as "straight man" for Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn on the NBC variety show "All-Star Revue"
1969:
Played brief recurring role of Ezra Braithwaite on the ABC cult gothic horror serial "Dark Shadows"
1973:
Made TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Daughter" (ABC)
1974:
Reprised the role of Tessio for the sequel "The Godfather, Part II"
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:
Played the role of the murderous Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway revival of Joseph Kesselring's classic black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace"
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
1998:
Featured in the NBC movie "Witness to the Mob" opposite Nicholas Turturro, Tom Sizemore, and Debi Mazar
2006:
Reprised Tessio role in voiceover for series of video games based on "The Godfather"
2010:
Co-starred with Betty White in a Snickers commercial that debuted during "Super Bowl XLIV" telecast (CBS)

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