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
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
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.
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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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