Made TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Daughter" (ABC)
Played brief recurring role of Ezra Braithwaite on the ABC cult gothic horror serial "Dark Shadows"
Played the role of the murderous Jonathan Brewster in the Broadway revival of Joseph Kesselring's classic black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace"
Reprised the role of Tessio for the sequel "The Godfather, Part II"
Acted as "straight man" for Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn on the NBC variety show "All-Star Revue"
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
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"
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
Reprised Tessio role in voiceover for series of video games based on "The Godfather"
Featured in the NBC movie "Witness to the Mob" opposite Nicholas Turturro, Tom Sizemore, and Debi Mazar
Co-starred with Betty White in a Snickers commercial that debuted during "Super Bowl XLIV" telecast (CBS)
Erroneously reported as having died by <i>People</i> magazine; claimed the error cost him work
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)
Landed first prominent feature film credit, as double-crossing mobster Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"
Played the grandpa in the comedy feature "Look Who's Talking"
Began a series of cameos and guest appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC)
Played his first romantic role in the independent film "Sweet Destiny," opposite model Carmen Dell'Orefice.