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Abe Vigoda
Abraham Charles "Abe" Vigoda
Biographical Information
Born 24 February 1921
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died 26 January 2016
Woodland Park, New Jersey, U.S.
First The Godfather
Last The Godfather: The Game
Portrayed Tessio

Abraham Charles "Abe" Vigoda (24 February 1921 – 26 January 2016) was a Jewish-American actor.


Born in New York, Vigoda became famous for his character roles in numerous films and television productions. He became known for playing Detective Sgt. Philip "Phil" Fish in Barney Miller, as well as playing Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather, and reprising the role for the final flashback at the end of The Godfather Part II.

In 1982, he was reported dead by People Magazine, but this turned out to be a mistake, and Vigoda posed with the magazine, while sitting upright in a coffin as a joke. He returned to play Tessio in The Godfather: The Game. He has appeared in numerous television shows and movies since The Godfather and "Barney Miller", including "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Family Guy (in which he played himself), and more recently in a Super Bowl commercial advertising Snickers.

In January 2016, he passed on for real at the age of 94, due to natural causes.

Characters voiced by Abe VigodaEdit

The Godfather: The GameEdit


He played Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano in the made for TV film, Witness to the Mob.

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