Abe Vigoda’s daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs (Side note: I love her name) sadly tells the Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep at her home in Woodland Park, New Jersey this morning. He was 94 and was going to turn 95 next month. Carol said that Abe Vigoda died of old age and he was never ever sick. Some media sites had to throw up a disclaimer that the news isn’t a hoax, because as everyone knows, Abe died many times in hoaxes. He was the best sport about it and was in on the gag. He probably said, “I’m not dead yet, bitches,” every time he entered a room.
Abe’s acting career started in the 1960s in theater and his big break came when Francis Ford Coppola cast him as seasoned mobster Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather. Abe didn’t have an agent at the time so he got the role through an open call. He got even more famous from playing Detective Fish on Barney Miller for several seasons and that led to his own spin-off Fish, which didn’t last very long. Us children of the 80s probably best know Abe Vigoda from Look Who’s Talking? Abe continued to work up until 2010 when he did a Snickers Super Bowl commercial with fellow national treasure Betty White.
Abe is survived by his daughter, his grandchildren and his great-grandson.
Rest in peace, Abe Vigoda, you are now in heaven where the angels probably said, “Huh, you were supposed to be eternal,” as soon as you walked through the gates.