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|Born:||February 24, 1921||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Landed first acting role at age six, playing a 50-year-old man (date approximate)
Acted as "straight man" for Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn on the NBC variety show "All-Star Revue"
Played brief recurring role of Ezra Braithwaite on the ABC cult gothic horror serial "Dark Shadows"
First prominent feature film credit, as double-crossing mobster Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"
TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Daughter" (ABC)
Reprised the role of Tessio for the sequel "The Godfather, Part II"
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)
Booked into another project that delayed the start of shooting the second season of "Barney Miller"; producer Danny Arnold insisted that he report for work; Vigoda sued, and Arnold countersued (date approximate)
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
Erroneously reported as having died by <i>People</i> magazine; claimed the error cost him work
Played the role of the murderous Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway revival of Joseph Kesselring's classic black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace"
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"
Played the grandpa in the comedy feature "Look Who's Talking"
Co-starred in the martial arts drama "Fist of Honor"
Character he played in "Good Burger" uttered the punchline "I should've died years ago," referring to the actor's running gag
Featured in the NBC movie "Witness to the Mob" opposite Nicholas Turturro, Tom Sizemore, and Debi Mazar
Began a series of hilarious cameos and guest appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC)
Reprised Tessio role in voiceover for series of video games based on "The Godfather"
Co-starred with Betty White in a Snickers commercial that debuted during "Super Bowl XLIV" telecast (CBS)
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