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Beloved Sitcom Star and Character Actor Dies

Jan 26, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An actor who became a household name and a familiar face through appearances on film and on TV has died. The AP reports that Abe Vigoda, known for his run on the hit 1970s sitcom “Barney Miller” and for his role on the big screen in “The Godfather,” among many other performances, died today at age 94.

The AP reports: “Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. ‘This man was never sick,’ Fuchs said.”

Vigoda’s breakout role was playing doomed mafia soldier Sal Tessio in the 1972 classic “The Godfather.” But he may be best remembered as Fish on the ABC sitcom “Barney Miller,” a role that led to a short-lived starring role on the spinoff “Fish.”

Vigoda received three consecutive nominations for Emmys for supporting actor for “Barney Miller” from 1976-1978.

He continued to work in his later years, including doing voice roles and video games. Vigoda also was a frequent guest star on TV, with appearances on “Law & Order,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Mad About You” and many other shows.

barney miller-cast“Barney Miller” cast — Abe Vigoda, right

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