Abe Vigoda Biography

Birthday: 1921-02-24
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Fish Det. Phil Fish 1977 - 1978
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Godfather 1972 Crime, Drama
Godfather 1972 Crime, Drama
Sugar Hill Gus Molino 1974 0, Reality Tv
The Cheap Detective 1978 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Death Car on the Freeway 1979 Mystery, Thriller
The Big Stuffed Dog 1981 Comedy, Family, Drama
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Detective Edwards 1986 Comedy
Prancer 1989 0, 0
Look Who's Talking Grandpa 1989 0
Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1989 Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 Comedy, Romance
Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton 1990 Crime
Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1993 Action, Drama
Me and the Kid Pawn Broker 1993 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Salvatore Valestra 1993 Animation, Action, Crime
Jury Duty 1995 Comedy
Love Is All There Is 1996 Comedy, Romance
Underworld Will Cassady 1997 Comedy, Thriller
Good Burger Otis 1997 Family, Comedy
A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998 Action, Crime, Drama
Crime Spree 2003 Action, Comedy, Crime