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Abe Vigoda

Highest Rated:   99% The Godfather (1972)
Lowest Rated:   0% Jury Duty (1995)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
18% Just the Ticket
  • Arty
1999
No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Y2K
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet 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
15% North
  • Grandpa
1994
20% Sugar Hill
  • Molino
1994
No Score Yet Home of Angels
  • Grandpa
1994
82% 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
58% Look Who's Talking
  • Grandpa
1989
No Score Yet Plain Clothes
  • Mr. Wiseman
1988
No Score Yet Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
  • Detective Edwards
1986
70% 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
46% 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
99% The Godfather
  • Tessio
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Retired Detective Landis
  • 1996
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Actor
  • 1990

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