Cult Faction is sad to report that Godfather star Abe Vigoda has passed away at the age of 94 years old. The news was broken by Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who noted that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at her home in New Jersey. The cause of death was old age, with Fuchs saying, “This man was never sick.”
Vigoda was born in 1921 in New York City. He scored some early roles in the late 1940’s with a few television appearances, but his big break did not come until 1972 when he landed the role of Tessio in The Godfather. Vigoda would reprise that role several times, including a brief cameo in the 1974 sequel.
He found great success when he appeared as Det. Phil Fish on Barney Miller. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for the role. The character proved so popular the Vigoda got his own spinoff series, Fish from 1977-1978.
His many film and television appearences included Dark Shadows, Hawaii Five-0, Kojack, The Bionic Woman, The Rockford Files, The Love Boat, Supertrain, Eight Is Enough, Fantasy Island, The Littlest Hobo, Cannonball Run II, The Stuff, Tales From The Darkside, Superboy, Look Who’s Talking, Macgyver, Murder She Wrote, Underworld, God Burger and Norm.