The much-loved actor passed away in his sleep at the age of 94 on Tuesday.
Abe Vigoda, the actor who played gangster Sal Tessio in the Godfather movies, has died at the age of 94. His daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, confirmed her father’s death to the Associated Press on Tuesday (January 26th).
Vigoda received praise in 1972 for his portrayal of Vito Corleone’s friend and business associate Sal Tessio, who tries to mount a takeover of the family crime organisation from Michael Corleone (Al Pacino’s character). His character is executed at the end of the first Godfather movie, but Vigoda returned to reprise the role in a flashback sequence in the 1974 sequel.
Vigoda also found success playing Detective Phil Fish in sitcom ‘Barney Miller’ from 1975 to 1977, with his character so well-received that he later began his own spin-off series, entitled 'Fish', alongside a handful of appearances on the original show. He also worked in theatre for more than 30 years, performing many roles in Shakespeare plays.
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Date of birth
24th February, 1921
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