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)
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2012 (2012)
The Unknown Trilogy (2008)
Farce of the Penguins (2006)
Crime Spree (2003)
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner (2000)
Chump Change (2000)
Just the Ticket (1999)
Just the Ticket (1999)
Witness to the Mob (1998)
A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998)
Reel to Reel (1998)
Good Burger (1997)
Farticus (1997)
Love Is All There Is (1996)
Underworld (1996)
Jury Duty (1995)
The Misery Brothers (1995)
North (1994)
Home of Angels (1994)
Sugar Hill (1993)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Fist of Honor (1993)
Me and the Kid (1993)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992)
Keaton's Cop (1990)
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Prancer (1989)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Plain Clothes (1988)
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986)
The Stuff (1985)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
The Big Stuffed Dog (1981)
Gridlock (1980)
Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
How to Pick Up Girls! (1978)
The Cheap Detective (1978)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns (1978)
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White (1978)
The Comedy Company (1978)
Final Warning (1977)
Having Babies (1976)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd (1974)
Newman's Law (1974)
The Don Is Dead (1973)
The Devil's Daughter (1973)
The Godfather (1972)
Trois chambres à Manhattan (1965)
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