Abe Vigoda

Highest Rated: 98% The Godfather (1972)
Lowest Rated: 0% Jury Duty (1995)
Birthday: Feb 24, 1921
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Slouch-shouldered, basset-faced character actor Abe Vigoda was the son of a Lower East Side tailor. Making his first stage appearance at 17, Vigoda used his GI Bill allotment to study at the American Theatre Wing. He then toiled away in obscurity for nearly 20 years before he was "discovered" by the public in the role of John the Gaunt in Joseph Papp's 1961 staging of Richard II. Another decade would pass before Vigoda attained worldwide fame as the treacherous Tessio in The Godfather. In 1974, he was tested for the minor role of Grimaldi in the upcoming TV sitcom Barney Miller; instead, he landed the role of dour, droopy-eyed Inspector Fish (and a good thing, too; the Grimaldi character was written out after only a few weeks). Vigoda remained with Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977, then was spun off into his own Fish series, which lasted until 1978. Bedeviled with legal problems during the early 1980s, Vigoda nonetheless was able to keep busy as a supporting actor in films (Joe vs. the Volcano, Look Who's Talking) and television; he also periodically returned to the stage, frequently in the Boris Karloff role in Arsenic and Old Lace. Abe Vigoda's 1990s projects have included such roles as Gus Molino in Harlem (1993) and Alaskan Grandpa in North (1994), a voice over stint in the 1994 animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantom, and a recurring role in the 1991 weekly-TV revival of Dark Shadows. He continued to work steadily appearing in a variety of projects including Jury Duty, Good Burger, and Just the Ticket. He worked intermittently in the 21st century, but Vigoda did star in a well-liked ad for a candy bar that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl and he became a regular face at celebrity roasts where he was often the butt of old age jokes. Vigoda died in 2016, at age 94.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet New Video Works Actor 2008
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Unknown Trilogy Actor 2007
43% Crime Spree Giancarlo 2003
No Score Yet Chump Change The Frog 2000
23% Just the Ticket Arty 1999
No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Y2K Actor 1999
60% Witness to the Mob Actor 1998
No Score Yet A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998
32% Good Burger Otis 1997
No Score Yet Love Is All There Is Rudy 1997
No Score Yet Underworld Will Cassady 1996
0% Jury Duty Judge Powell 1995
14% North Grandpa 1994
20% Sugar Hill Molino 1994
No Score Yet Home of Angels Grandpa 1994
84% Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Valestra 1993
No Score Yet Me and the Kid Pawn Broker 1993
No Score Yet Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1992
15% One Good Cop Actor 1991
No Score Yet Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton 1990
62% Joe Versus the Volcano Chief of the Waponis 1990
67% Prancer Orel Benton 1989
59% Look Who's Talking Grandpa 1989
No Score Yet Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1988
No Score Yet Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Detective Edwards 1986
67% The Stuff Old Couple in Stuff Commercial 1985
13% Cannonball Run II Caesar 1984
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch 1979
43% The Cheap Detective Sgt. Rizzuto 1978
97% The Godfather, Part II Tessio 1974
No Score Yet Newman's Law Dellanzia 1974
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead Don Tolusso 1973
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Alikhine 1973
98% The Godfather Tessio 1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Actor 1972

TV

CREDIT
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Kalman
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Receptionist
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Retired Detective Landis
  • 1996
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
George
  • 1991
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Phil Gabriel Al Dancer
  • 1978
  • 1974
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Det. Phil FIsh Det. Phil Fish
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Barlow
  • 1976
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Norman Kilty
  • 1974

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