Abe Vigoda

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Real Name: Abraham Charles Vigoda
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Date: February 24, 1921
Occupation: Actor

Abe Vigoda Biography


Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor who has proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing. Vigoda was the son of a Lower East Side tailor. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and plodded away in small theatre shows for over 20 years. For the majority of filmgoers, Vigoda first came to prominence in The Godfather (1972) as the double-crossing Tessio, pleading with Robert Duvall to get him off the hook "for old times' sake." He also appeared in its sequel.Vigoda also appeared in a few non-descript TV films before landing the plum role of Sgt. Phil Fish on the brilliant sitcom "Barney Miller" (1974). Perhaps his best known role, Sgt. Fish proved popular enough to be spun off to his own (short-lived) series "Fish" (1977).With his long face and unusual looks, Vigoda remained in high demand in mafioso-type roles, and for a while in the mid-1980s, he was mistakenly believed to have been dead, leading producers to remark, "I need an Abe Vigoda type actor," not realising Vigoda was still alive and well. The 1990s and beyond became busy again for him, with appearances in North (1994), The Misery Brothers (1995), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998), and Crime Spree (2003). Still acting in his eighties, Abe Vigoda is continually surprising audiences with his entertaining style.

Abe Vigoda Movies / TV-Shows


Mobster Movie (2013)
High School USA! (2013)
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2012 (2012)
The Unknown Trilogy (2008)
Farce of the Penguins (2006)
Crime Spree (2003)
Chump Change (2000)
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner (2000)
Just the Ticket (1999)
Just the Ticket (1999)
A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998)
Reel to Reel (1998)
Witness to the Mob (1998)
Farticus (1997)
Good Burger (1997)
Underworld (1996)
The Dana Carvey Show (1996)
Love Is All There Is (1996)
Jury Duty (1995)
The Misery Brothers (1995)
Weird Science (1994)
North (1994)
Home of Angels (1994)
Me and the Kid (1993)
Sugar Hill (1993)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Fist of Honor (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992)
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Keaton's Cop (1990)
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Prancer (1989)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Plain Clothes (1988)
Superboy (1988)
Monsters (1988)
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986)
The Stuff (1985)
MacGyver (1985)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Tales from the Darkside (1983)
The Big Stuffed Dog (1981)
Gridlock (1980)
The Littlest Hobo (1979)
Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
B.J. and the Bear (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns (1978)
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White (1978)
The Comedy Company (1978)
How to Pick Up Girls! (1978)
Fantasy Island (1977)
The Love Boat (1977)
Final Warning (1977)
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Having Babies (1976)
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd (1974)
Newman's Law (1974)
Barney Miller (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Rockford Files (1974)
The Don Is Dead (1973)
The Devil's Daughter (1973)
Kojak (1973)
The Godfather (1972)
Cannon (1971)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Mannix (1967)
Dark Shadows (1966)
Trois chambres à Manhattan (1965)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)
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