Abe Vigoda

Mostly Credited As: Abe Vigoda
Birth Name: Abraham Charles Vigodah
Date Of Birth: February 24, 1921 (Age 94)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: January 26, 2016
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Abe Vigoda

Abe is a versatile actor who can play both a tough dramatic and a comedic role. He struggled though at the beginning of his career first appearing on stage at the age of 17 and worked in bit roles for twenty years. His first break came in 1960's with a reoccurring role in the TV horror soap, Dark Shadows. But his real big shot in show business came as the back stabbing 'Tessio' in Academy award winning film "The Godfather." His world-wide recognition came in the part of Det. Phillip Fish, the long-suffering, just waiting for retirement time cop in the TV series "Barney Miller." He also moved on to his own short-lived series "Fish," a spin off from "Barney Miller." Abe later acted in bit parts for a few more forgettable movies and has lent his voice to animated series.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Santa Barbara (1984)As: Lyle DeFranco (1989)
Fish (US) (1977)As: Detective Phil Fish
Barney Miller (1975)As: Det. Sgt. Phil Fish (S01-S03)
As The World Turns (1956)As: Joe Kravitz (1985)
Episode Cast Credits 

High School USA! (2013) 
  Sweet 16 01x12: (Nov/30/2013) As Otto 
  Rumsprinabreakers 01x11: (Nov/30/2013) As Otto 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Molly Shannon, Dave Attell, Diana Krall 05x??: (Dec/31/1997) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Glenn Close, Michael Cera, Modest Mouse 14x178: (Aug/07/2007) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Howie Mandel, Criss Angel, Patrick Wolf 14x134: (May/09/2007) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Jude Law, Kristen Wiig, The Brian Setzer Orchestra 14x46: (Nov/28/2006) As Himself, [Uncredited]

TV Land Icon Awards (2003) 
  3rd Annual TV Land Icon Awards 01x03: (Mar/16/2005) As Mike Delfino 

Howard Stern (1994) 
  Episode dated 4th February 2005 12x25: (Feb/04/2005) As Himself 

Family Guy (1999) 
  The Kiss Seen Around the World 03x08: (Aug/29/2001) Voiced  Himself 

Deadline (2000) 
  Don't I Know You? 01x07: (Mar/17/2001) As Spiaggio 

Norm (1999) 
  Norm, Crusading Social Worker 01x09: (May/19/1999) As Sal 

Mad About You (1992) 
  Farmer Buchman 07x09: (Jan/11/1999) As Kalman Wertzel 

Promised Land (1996) 
  Jury Duty 03x10: (Dec/17/1998) As Albert Spokaine 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  Clipped Wings 03x18: (Feb/16/1997) As Receptionist 

Wings (US) (1990) 
  All About Christmas Eve 08x11: (Dec/18/1996) As Harry 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Chris Rock/The Wallflowers 22x05: (Nov/02/1996) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Weird Science (1994) 
  Grumpy Old Genie 04x06: (Feb/10/1996) As Old Man Lisa 

Law & Order (1990) 
  Remand 06x10: (Jan/10/1996) As Retired Detective Landis 

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  You Can Call Me Johnson 02x07: (Oct/28/1994) As Albert Bartell 

Lucky Luke (1993) 
  Caffe Ole 01x05: (Jan/24/1994) As Judge Rinehart 

Batman: The Animated Series (1992) 
  Mask of the Phantasm (Dec/25/1993) Voiced  Salvatore 'Sal the Wheezer' Valestra 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  The Prodigal Father 07x17: (Mar/10/1991) As George 

The Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990) 
  The Last Race 01x10: (Nov/17/1990) As Unknown 

MacGyver (1985) (1985) 
  Harry's Will 06x07: (Nov/05/1990) As Bill Cody, [Special Guest Stars]

Monsters (1988) 
  The Gift 02x22: (May/20/1990) As Dolan, [Starring Roles]

B.L. Stryker (1989) 
  The Dancer's Touch 01x01: (Feb/13/1989) As Unknown 

The Adventures of Superboy (1988) (1988) 
  Back to Oblivion 01x03: (Oct/22/1988) As Mr. Wagner, [Special Guest Stars]

Tales from the Darkside (1983) (1983) 
  A Choice of Dreams 02x20: (May/04/1986) As Mr. Corelli, [Starring Roles]

Harper Valley (1981) 
  Stella Scam 02x05: (Dec/12/1981) As Slick 

Barney Miller (1975) 
  Lady and the Bomb 07x18: (Apr/09/1981) As Sgt. Phil Fish 
  Burial 04x05: (Oct/20/1977) As Phil Fish 

The Littlest Hobo (1979) (1979) 
  The Million Dollar Fur Heist 01x17: (Mar/06/1980) As Howard Mattson 

B.J. and the Bear (1979) 
  Mary Ellen 02x08: (Nov/17/1979) As Grampa Ben Rule 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Goose for the Gander/The Stuntman 03x02: (Sep/14/1979) As Joe Lange 
  Casting Director/Pentagram/A Little Ball 02x18: (Feb/17/1979) As Sid Gordon 

Eight is Enough (1977) 
  The Final Days 03x25: (May/02/1979) As Ben Ryan 

Supertrain (1979) 
  A Very Formal Heist 01x06: (Apr/14/1979) As Ray Yellburton 

Sweepstakes (1979) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Jan/26/1979) As Anthony 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Gopher's Opportunity/Home Sweet Home/The Switch 02x16: (Jan/20/1979) As Charles Fletcher 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead 05x02: (Sep/29/1978) As Unknown 
  The Kirkoff Case 01x01: (Sep/13/1974) As Al Dancer, [Co-Guest Stars]

Vega$ (1978) 
  Centerfold 01x01: (Sep/20/1978) As Max 

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #14 01x16: (Feb/14/1977) As Himself 

Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974) 
  Season 3, Episode 8 03x08: (Dec/07/1976) As Himself 

Dinah! (1974) 
  Nov . 18, 1976 01x01: (Nov/18/1976) As Himself 

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Black Magic 02x07: (Nov/10/1976) As Barlowe ("And"), [Special Guest Stars]

Break the Bank (1948) 
  Oct. 12, 1976 01x01: (Oct/12/1976) As Himself 

Tattletales (1974) 
  13/Nov/1976 01x21: (Sep/13/1976) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  760827 14x40: (Aug/27/1976) As Himself 

Cannon (1971) 
  Search and Destroy 04x24: (Apr/02/1975) As Mr. Couzellous 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  The Best Judge Money Can Buy 02x09: (Nov/03/1974) As Norman Kilty 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  The Two-Faced Corpse 07x08: (Oct/29/1974) As Abe Kemper 

Toma (1973) 
  The Street 01x21: (May/03/1974) As Unknown 
  Toma (Mar/21/1973) As Donzer 

The Rookies (1972) 
  Something Less Than a Man 02x20: (Feb/18/1974) As Michael Lance 

Mannix (1967) 
  A Matter of Principle 06x17: (Jan/14/1973) As Anton Valine 

The Sandy Duncan Show (1972) 
  Play It Again Samuelson 01x05: (Oct/22/1972) As Mr. Samuelson 

Dark Shadows (1966) (1966) 
  DS-1124 11x15: (Oct/15/1970) As Otis Greene 
  DS-685 06x222: (Feb/07/1969) As Ezra Braithwaite 
  DS-684 06x221: (Feb/06/1969) As Ezra Braithwaite 

Studio One (1948) 
  Two Sharp Knives 02x10: (Nov/14/1949) As Unknown 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  Lunch Box 02x01: (Sep/06/1949) As guest star 

Abe was offered the role as The Monster in Mel Brooks "Young Frankenstein."

His role as the villain in the 1960's "Shakespeare in the Park" production of "Richard III" drew rave reviews.

Was portrayed in an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" by Michael J. Nelson.

Was won the part of 'Tessio' in "The Godfather" from a group of over 500 who had auditioned.

Was once mistakenly reported as dead in People magazine.

On explaining how he won the role of Det. Fish on "Barney Miller" he said the producer said that he had looked tired. He explained he was tired from jogging 5 miles. The producer then said "You also look like you have hemorrhoids, in which he replied "What are you, a doctor or a producer?"

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