Actor Abe Vigoda dies at age 94
If there was a Stuck in the ‘70s blog, today would be a solemn moment in time: Abe Vigoda, star of Barney Miller and the Godfather movies, has died at age 94. So legendary was the actor's long run through old age that it spawned the website IsAbeVigodaDead.com. On Tuesday it was updated to read: "Yes."
The actor’s daughter told the AP the cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Carol Vigoda Fuchs said.
Most ‘80s fans know Vigoda as Det. Phil Fish from the TV series Barney Miller, which lasted from 1974 to 1981 (as well as the spinoff show Fish, which lasted a single season in the late ‘70s). Cinema fans probably recognize him more as Tessio in the first two Godfather movies.
In the ‘80s, Vigoda found continued work on TV in series such as Santa Barbara, The New Mike Hammer and Harper Valley PTA. Some of his big-screen work included roles in Cannon Ball Run II and Look Who’s Talking.
"When I was a young man, I was told success had to come in my youth,” Vigoda once told an interviewer. “I found this to be a myth. My experiences have taught me that if you deeply believe in what you are doing, success can come at any age."