Well known character actor Abe Vigoda passed away today (Tuesday). He was 94.
Vigoda is best known for playing Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather. He also appears in a cameo at the end of The Godfather Part II and voiced the character in the various video games.
Vigoda is also known as Detective Sgt. Phil Fish in the beloved sitcom Barney Miller. He would reprise the character in a short-lived spin-off center on him in Fish.
Aside from The Godfather video games, Vigoda didn't really dabble in voice acting, but was a key antagonist in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm as Salvatore Valestra.
Vigoda had been the subject of false reports of his passing since 1982, which he took in stride. The first was when an issue of People magazine made the claim while he was in Calgary performing in a play. Vigoda took the report in good humor by posing for a picture in Variety where he was sitting up in a coffin holding the People magazine issue in question. There were even web sites and a Firefox extension that were "tongue-in-cheek" in their sole purpose to update on Vigoda's status.
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